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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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Her characters are always well drawn and realistic. What I saw, I liked. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Preview — Chalice by Robin McKinley. You know that one author whose books you reach for when you need the equivalent of a reading hug?

Review: “Chalice,” Robin McKinley – Coming to the Edge

I also plan to read a few others by this author, starting with The Blue Sword and Dragonhaven. Sep 26, Angie rated it really liked it Shelves: Of course they will. This is the story of a girl, Mirasol, who was a beekeeper and was chosen by forces within the Demesne to be the new Chalice. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

On the day of the combat, she returns to the House, to see that chqlice Master will be forced to fight with swords, and mckihley decided that his demesne would be better off if he was killed.

Chalice by Robin McKinley

The first couple of times I read Chalice I simply read it, and was pulled into its calm. Because of that, everything is a bit more superficial than I would have liked: McKinley is as her most McKinley-esque in this book: Normally I don’t ask these sort of things but I just read Beauty by the same author and I loved it and if Chalice is terrible or just weird, I wouldn’t want to get a bad opinion of the author.


But the Chalice’s amazing bees have something to say about this. So, don’t get me wrong, I am all about the girl-power-plus-magic genre, and this had added beekeeping, so extra points, but I’ve discovered that I have a problem with Robin McKinley.

It may not stay there long, though. Doing one’s best is hard work; we rely on our surroundings because we must; when our surroundings change, we stumble. Thinking about it now, it felt almost like being stuck in a vat of honey, kind of smothering and sticky just to be the reader working through it. Some of the Circle resign their positions, because they haven’t supported the Master.

But my real criticism of Chalice is that it’s kind of, well, fascist. If you don’t like Mckinley’s writing style, then don’t read this. Mirasol, a beekeeper, is the “Chalice” for the Willowlands demesne.

The people of Willowlands are interesting and well crafted, and despite a conclusion that seems rushed and incomplete, this novel is a delight.

I’m not saying this book is going to turn the kids who read it into little Nazi youth or anything. No one is at all sure if he’ll be able to cmkinley an adequate Master of their land, but all of the alternatives seem worse.

I know that Robin McKinley fans rrobin absolutely in awe of her writing, and even though I haven’t been wowed by her work, I keep reading reviews and being hopeful A captivating tale that reveals the healing power of duty cchalice honour, love and honey.


Sep 16, Pages Young Adult. She has said, “I didn’t discover boys because they didn’t discover me, and because their standards of discovery seemed to me too odd to be aspired to. I wonder, if I hadn’t been surprised by how unlike the usual McKinley it was, if I might not have liked it more? My reading requirements have evolved.

Sep 16, Pages Young Adult Buy. We are experiencing technical difficulties.


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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. This use of honey is new. But I really hated Chalice. I wish publishers would actually place books into the applicable age group. Chalice is definitely more …more I would definitely suggest this book!

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At the same time it is a powerful story about an understated type of heroism — that of an ordinary person, stretching to and past their limits to make the world a better place. So I picked up a McKinley book to re read myself into a better mindset.

Hannah Schuck I would definitely suggest this book! For about seven years he’s been removed from humanity, learning how to be a Fire Mage.