Chalice

Chalice

Book - 2008
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A beekeeper by trade, Mirasol's life changes completely when she is named the new Chalice, the most important advisor to the new Master, a former priest of fire.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2008.
ISBN: 9780399246760
0399246762
Characteristics: 263 p. ; 24 cm.

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julia_sedai
May 22, 2016

I like Robin McKinley's books, but this one I didn't enjoy as much as the rest. For one, I found it really confusing to follow. I liked the characters, especially Mirasol and the Master and their struggles, but the overall plot was kind of vague and I didn't understand the magic at all. I just kept reading and went with it, but I would have liked more explanation about what the heck a Chalice actually is and what she was doing with all that honey and water. Maybe I just didn't read it closely enough.

forbesrachel Jun 02, 2013

A land united to its people in close bonds has approached the point of breaking and it is up to an untrained Chalice, and a Master who is not confident, to restore it. Both struggle with the new roles they have been forced into, and must grow together to overcome them. With a strong theme of bonds, you can truly feel their separation gradually change into connection, not only between themselves, but between the land, it's people and them too. Chalice is gnawed at by worries, but she is determined to do right. The Master is insecure, and fears his nonhuman form, but has great kindness. These two make the core of this experience, and within the setting, add a certain fairy tale charm to it.The layout is made from circular patterns; Chalice is in the present, she reflects on the past for a bit, then moves forward in the present for a good while. Fortunately the author handles this well, and you are able to learn things gradually, while still moving the plot ahead. The only major fault is that the deus ex machina at the end, is barely explained.

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campingstove
Apr 27, 2012

I really enjoy Robin McKinley - and this book was no exception. In fact, I think it might be one of my favorites of hers. Has a feel of Beauty and the Beast, but with lots of original and unusual creations and ideas filling out the story.
Also I love bees. This book has bees.

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tocch101
Sep 18, 2011

Very nice read, and fairly quick. Makes you truly contemplate what we can overcome and become if we do our best and ignore what other people think is our spot. I highly recommend.

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andreareads
Jan 30, 2011

I had mixed feelings about this one. I really didn't like the idea that the land had to be managed through human magical intervention. I found myself thinking that if a plague carried off all the humans, the streams and woods and even the bees would be just fine. The main character takes on her duties as Chalice untrained, so I understand the mix of frantic research, instinct and raw talent she uses, but there was far too much magic through sheer force of will for my taste. The passivity and fatalism of the two main characters as the story reached its climax also bothered me, although the resolution was interesting. I enjoyed the interactions between the characters and the unusual aspects of bee/honey magic and fire priest magic, and thought the book was good, just not great.

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melbl8tr
Oct 12, 2010

Robin McKinley made her name writing beautiful re-tellings of familiar fairy tales. Chalice reads like her previous novels but is in fact a story of her own making. I found it quite charming. It succeeds because it doesn't try to be anything more than a simple, stand-alone story.

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andreareads
Jan 30, 2011

One of the things she'd learnt on her own ragged, bemused, zigzag way was that the best sources of useful information were often in strange places . . .

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