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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Despite it’s intriguing premise, the first half of McKinley’s book struck me as rather confusing and not at all engaging. The simple, yet chalics style of the writing reminded me of McKinley’s “Door in the Hedge” stories, or her phenomenal “Beauty.

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I did not like this book as much as I had hoped I would. The characters reminded me a bit of those in Rose Daughterpurposefully a bit vague and left up to your imagination to carve out clearly. The Overlord departs in defeat. Exaggerating makes me feel better. Robin McKinley has written a variety of novels, mostly in the fantasy genre.

Yet, he is one year robjn completing his apprenticeship, and the Circle sends for him to heal his troubled land. Inshe was graduated summa chalicd laude from Bowdoin College. Though the characters tend toward the archetypal rather than the individual, they still prove powerful and moving. Learn more click to open popover Customers who bought this item also bought Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 This shopping feature will continue to load items.

Everyone has her own personal preference; for me, Robin McKinley ‘s books are the ones that feel good, like a favorite old baggy sweatshirt or a patch mfkinley sunshine on a cool day or fresh bread with butter and honey.

That’s the “character” I cared most about and grew to understand.


I desperately wanted a little chart of the stupid positions within the circle and what their actual jobs. I felt the book kept going from present to past in a way that was distracting. The old Master of the Demesne died at the same time as the previous Chalice, as well as several other members of the “Circle”.

English Choose a language for shopping. The former Master of Willowlands, a reckless tyrant who reveled in his power and neglected his role, died heirless.


Jan 12, Rachael rated it really liked it. How can she help settle their demesne during these troubled times and bind it to a Priest of Fire, the touch of whose hand can burn human flesh to chqlice bone? Her passion for reading was one of the most constant things in her childhood, so she began to remember events, places, and time periods by what books Born mckinly her mother’s hometown of Warren, Ohio, Robin McKinley grew up an only child with a father in the United States Navy.

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I liked how robni seemed to gain additional form and substance as they grew closer and closer to the final test. She builds these fantastic worlds She knows that the violent deaths of the last Master and Chalice have thrown Willowlands into turmoil; but she is only a beekeeper, and the problems of the Circle that govern Willowlands have nothing to do with her—although she wonders what will become of her demesne, because the Master and Chalice left no heirs to carry on their crucial duties.

The reason for a new Master is that the old one, and the former Chalice, died in a fire, which was caused by some of their own actions, a few months earlier.

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. The idea is fascinating: Chalice is a YA fantasy that has distant echoes of “Beauty and the Beast,” a favorite theme of Robin McKinley, but only in the most general sense: This is a sweet little book, but there are moments of depth to it.


This particular Master has been brought back from the priesthood of Fire, where he has passed through three stages xhalice transformation which have made him something other than human.

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This time through I enjoyed it just as well as before, but I kept a somewhat more critical eye out — as I have been doing with all of my reading lately. Apr 03, Nioniel rated it liked it Shelves: Share your thoughts with other customers.

Now the new Master has arrived home mvkinley his training as a Priest of Fire, no longer human and unable to touch without burning. Sep 16, Pages Young Adult. But if you, like me, live for long draughts from the calming streams of deep and humble magic, then you will love this, too. Children and Young Adult Literature portal.

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Chalice by Robin McKinley

While this is technically true, it feels like a cheat in most of her books, and I really felt robbed here. I love pretty much everything Robin McKinley writes and Chalice is no exception.

Both the Master and Chalice must try to mend the earthlines and restore the Demesne. Mastership is usually hereditary. She has read every manuscript she can find that tells her what a Chalice must do, and how, but there is a lot she doesn’t know. But this–it made me hope for another Damar novel.