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 gave this four stars not because it was the best Robin McKinley book I’ve ever read, but because I was so pleased to see her returning to what I think of as “classic Robin McKinley. Chalice by Robin McKinley. 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.

The earthlines speak to Mirasol, but her family has lived in the demesne for centuries, and many of the old families can hear the land. In this case, our heroine is Mirasol, a beekeeper and woodskeeper who has been made Chalice for her demesneWillowlands. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Each Circle has twelve members, each with a title, Chalice and Master being two of those titles.

But my real criticism of Chalice is that it’s kind of, well, fascist.

Donaldson’s heroes are forever fighting villains over artifacts. As I said, I still enjoyed the book — but I am working on my awareness of diversity.

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Robin McKinley knows first lines. 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 talking about and why are they talking to each other anyway? The simple, yet lyrical style of the writing reminded me of McKinley’s “Door in the Hedge” stories, or her phenomenal “Beauty.

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The bees are special. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Artifacts are not as important as magical intention. She moved around frequently as a child and read copiously; she credits this background with the inspiration for her stories.

Other than writing and reading books, she divides her time mainly between walking her “hellhounds,” gardening, cooking, playing the piano, homeopathy, change ringing, and keeping her blog.

This was the type of Robim McKinley book I like — sweet yet powerful female main character with a job to do, an otherworldly land, and an understated but moving romance. But if you, like me, live for long draughts from the calming streams of deep and humble magic, then you will love this, too. McKinley’s fight villains with their minds and hearts. I have a whole shelf of those, and the name on the spine is Robin McKinley. Email required Address never chhalice public. Of course they will.

I kind of felt that the editing was not clean enough- first of all, the whole setting is a new world, and was explained so slowly as to be excruciating.

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Mirasol’s spiraling thought processes chalife a narrative energy that the antagonists of the story lack. I loved Beauty and many of her other works. For about seven years he’s been removed from humanity, learning how to be a Fire Mage.

Honey that will cure a headache as fast as “snapping a twig” and honey that will cause the rain to hold off until roibn hay’s been harvested. Also by Robin Mckinley. Not having had the usual apprenticeship, she has to figure out her role as Chalice on her own, learning what she can from books.

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She later learns that the Master has been helping her in this. Her passion for reading was one of the most constant things in her childhood, so she mckinlry to remember events, places, and time periods by what books she read where.

Book Review: Robin McKinley, Chalice

Return mcklnley Book Page. But neither do they take love lightly or put their own desires before anything else. He can burn with a touch, his skin mcinley turned coal-black and his eyes red, and he is barely in touch with this world. About Chalice The earthlines speak to Mirasol, but her family has lived in the demesne for centuries, and many of the old families can hear the land.


The people of Willowlands are interesting and well crafted, and despite a conclusion that seems rushed and incomplete, this novel is a delight. Subject – various side paths and random things – predicate. Books by Robin McKinley. In Robin McKinley’s Chalice, Mirasol the beekeeper holds her alternative medieval manor house together through the rituals of Chalice.

During the seven days between the supposed insult and the time of the combat, the Chalice repairs as many of the earthlines of the demesne as possible. Another thing that I disliked was the constant repeating that Mirasol used to be just a small lowly woodskeeper who had the position of Chalice thrust upon her with no warning at all, and she had no training,and she didn’t know anything and it was so hard for mxkinley and she had to do so much reading.

But I felt that the ending failed to tie up all loose ends in a satisfactory manner. The previous Master and his Chalice, killed in a fire, had abused their responsibility.

Like a place for my heart to rest for a while. Fantasy tends towards the conservative anyway, what with the nostalgia for a far away place and a long ago time that was greener and more magical and more “pure. Many of the bees die in the process. I think that the narrative’s limited viewpoint and movement back and forth in time is meant to mirror Mirasol’s confusion — Mirasol, a beekeeper, had had no previous training to prepare her to be Chalice after the accidental deaths of the previous less than able Master and Chalice.