Chalice [Robin McKinley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. As the newly appointed Chalice, Mirasol is the most important member of the. As the newly appointed Chalice, Mirasol is the most important member of the Master’s Circle. It is her duty to bind the Circle, the land and its people together with. This may not be Innisfree, but Yeats would recognize the “bee-loud glade” within its pages. McKinley’s latest depicts vividly a rural world rooted.

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I also like the sense of strain and work that comes through.

Share your thoughts with other customers. In those first pages, there is only one conversation. I zoomed through about two-thirds of it on my ungodly long commute to and from Tukwila, and actually ignored Tumblr for several hours to finish it. It feels a little — not tacked-on, but chaice.

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By the time someone finishes talking, you’ve forgotten who’s speaking and have to go back 16 pages to figure out who’s talking and what they’re robim about and why are they talking to each other anyway? Twelve non-major characters are a lot to keep up with, but I was curious, and I did want to know. Chalice is a bit of the loveliness, to be sure. When the villain suffered, I didn’t react. Aug 17, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

All the Elemental priests have certain teachings in common: I also plan to read a few others by this author, starting with The Blue Sword and Dragonhaven.

They blanket the combatants, kill the heir, and transform the Master back to near normalcy. So I picked up a McKinley book to re read myself into a better mindset.

Let me first say that I love Robin McKinley. At the opening of the story, a new Master the highest-ranking individual in mckinkey land is coming home to take control of the Willowlands and try to restore some order and peace after the debaucheries and mistakes of his older brother, the previous Master.


The language is beautiful and fluent, and the only editing issues I saw were some odd cases where full stops have been inserted where they don’t belong, plus one repeated word in a sentence. She binds the lan Upping my rating from 2 stars to 3 on reread.

Book Review: Robin McKinley, Chalice

The mckiinley sections then move back and forth in time, in the third person but limited to the point of view of the main character, Mirasol, who has been thrust into the role of “Chalice,” adviser to the Master and second authority in Despite it’s intriguing premise, the first half of McKinley’s book struck me as rather confusing and not at all engaging.

She later cyalice that the Master has been helping her in this. But my real criticism of Chalice is that it’s kind of, well, fascist. Huge bees with velvety black backs, they help save the day in the end and serve various purposes along the way. Donaldson’s heroes are forever fighting villains over artifacts. Her friendships are damaged by her new power–the other peasants are uncomfortable with her. Chalice is definitely more …more I would definitely suggest this book!

Perhaps I read this too hastily to appreciate the quiet nuances; that happens. For a book that I originally gave three stars, and found somewhat Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Mirasol is a peasant who has abruptly come to power, and her difficulty at her new class is both obvious and subtle. And I love all the domestic details: We are experiencing technical difficulties. View all 13 comments. Denouement is nothing to fear, Ms. Not quite McKinley’s usual funny witty retold fairytale, the pacing is a bit slow and repetitive at times, but the writing is stellar and very lyrical, almost as though McKinley has her Rohin hat on.


See 1 question mckinlry Chalice…. Jun 22, Nancy rated it liked it. You read just the first sentence and immediately feel like you’ve entered a world entirely complete and utterly its own. That would have been a lot more smooth for me. Sep 19, Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoyed reading about Mirasol coming to terms with her duties and power, and the platonic and political relationships that came along with them, more than anything.

There is an Overlord over all of the demesnes.

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When the Master and the previous Chalice unexpectedly died, the Circle’s magic pointed to Mirasol as the next Chalice, though she was totally untrained and unprepared. Now the new Master has arrived home after his training as a Priest of Fire, no longer human and unable to touch without burning. The intrigue of it all was what got me through the story. Then I upgraded the rating to four stars, because of how it stuck in my head.

She cannot make herself sleep on new sheets, or reprimand the Heir even though she outranks him. This is a uniquely beautiful fantasy. Referred to as The Master, he’s got a hot body too hot to touch.

I wish that the world would have made sense quicker and that the book o Let me first say that I love Robin McKinley.

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