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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At the opening of the story, a new Master the highest-ranking individual in the dobin 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.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Chalicr your comment here But this–it made me hope for another Damar novel. So I picked up a McKinley book to re read myself into mckinlley better mindset. In this case, our heroine is Mirasol, a beekeeper and woodskeeper who has been made Chalice for her demesneWillowlands. McKinley is as her most McKinley-esque in this book: The concerns of Master, Chalice, and Circle, who govern Willowlands, have nothing to do with her-until the current Master and Chalice die in a fire and leave no heirs to take their places.

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I also plan to read a few others by this author, starting with The Blue Sword and Dragonhaven. She moved around frequently as a child and read copiously; she credits this background mcckinley the inspiration for her stories.


Some of the officers of the Circle where the action in Chalice takes place are male, some female. Retrieved 26 May If you don’t like Mckinley’s writing style, then don’t read this.

That would have been a lot more smooth for me. It just felt, in an odd way, like home. It is her duty to bind the Circle, the land and its people together with their new Master. Not enough fantasy stands alone, in my opinion; this does so admirably well. Jan 25, C. She performs her job as best she can, operating from what she has read, and from her intuition, in deciding what vessel to use, and what to put in it, for each occasion.

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Chalice by Robin McKinley

Unlike McKinley’s other novels, there is no darkness here, and thus, little tension. It is clearly her story with all the original world building, interesting characters, and unique situations we expect of her. It’s now been a few years since I first read this book and the memory of it still lingers on, but I do continually forget that it’s not a McKillip offering.

The land under his stewardship is gravely unsettled after the tumultuous rule of the previous Master, so his people’s fear of their new Master makes the situation even more unbalanced.

I love pretty much everything Robin McKinley writes and Chalice is no exception. But I really hated Chalice. Chxlice the new Master of Willowlands is a Priest of Fire, only drawn back into the human world by the sudden death of his brother. When the first factor shifted, I picked it up, and was very glad I did.



Robin McKinley has written a variety of novels, mostly in the fantasy genre. Chalice by Robin McKinley.

Mirasol, a beekeeper, is the “Chalice” for the Willowlands demesne. Instead, there’s a line of dialogue, such as “are you warm enough?

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Mirasol is a peasant who has abruptly come to power, and her difficulty at her new class is both obvious and subtle. Until, at the end, they seemed like friends. All the Elemental priests have certain teachings in common: It felt like a short story stretched out over endless paragraphs of verbiage that never quite added up to more than two scenes of actual action: Also posted on Purple People Readers.

Because this story is slow paced and does not happen in complete chronological order, reluctant readers will struggle with it. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The writing style was so heavy, the explanations of things too late in coming, and the pacing so odd, I simply had to force myself to finish. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.