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I did not like this book as much as I had hoped I would Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors and I was eagerly anticipating this release, as it seemed a return to the types of stories she did with The Blue Sword, Hero the Crown and her fairy tale retellings.The story was pretty good, but kind of uneventful The language was lyrical, but without punch or impact I was immediately drawn into the connection between Chalice and Master, but didn t see enough of them together over the course of the book to be satisfied with the ending The villain wasn t really much of a presence, like an excuse, and the action came through so passively that it was hard to engage in. This book is basically the most delightful and heartwarming fever dream I have ever had. #FREE EBOOK æ Chalice ß 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 Their New Master But The New Master Of Willowlands Is A Priest Of Fire, Only Drawn Back Into The Human World By The Sudden Death Of His Brother No One Knows If It Is Even Possible For Him To Live Amongst His People Mirasol Wants The Master To Have His Chance, But Her Only Training Is As A Beekeeper 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 The Bone A Captivating Tale That Reveals The Healing Power Of Duty And Honour, Love And Honey Robin McKinley knows first lines You read just the first sentence and immediately feel like you ve entered a world entirely complete and utterly its own And you want to sit down and stay awhile Chalice is no exception to the rule The world reminded me a bit of the kingdom in Spindle s End, both of them deeply entrenched in a sticky sort of magic with a heritage and weight to it The characters reminded me a bit of those in Rose Daughter, purposefully a bit vague and left up to your imagination to carve out clearly All of them living their lives as best they can with a sure but undefinable sense of doom hanging over their heads Mirasol occupies a position known simply as Chalice She is the second highest ranking individual in the Willowlands and it is her job to bind relationships and ties within her domain, between the people and the land they both live on and belong to At the opening of the story, a new Master the highest ranking individual in the land 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 Mirasol and the new Master have their work cut out for them as she is brand new to the position with no idea how to do what she must, and he is a third level priest of Fire who is no longer quite human and must tread with extreme care so as not to burn everything and everyone he touches to ash Sigh Chalice is a bit of the loveliness, to be sure It is short and as sweet as the honey that pervades the story s every pore In fact, just as Sunshine left me with a killer craving for cinnamon rolls, Chalice made me wish I was five years old again and sitting in the kitchen with my Grandpa sucking fresh honey straight off the comb There are only a few characters in this story and so it seemed that much important that the ones I had make it through their challenges well and whole I liked how they seemed to gain additional form and substance as they grew closer and closer to the final test Until, at the end, they seemed like friends Full of familiar light and color. I don t know why I keep coming back to this book one I originally gave just three stars but I think this is probably the fourth time I ve read it This time, because I saw a copy for three euros in Dublin and just had to, had to, had to up to now, I didn t actually have my own copy, which you can imagine was annoying and of course I had to rectify it.I think the thing is, it s such a warm story Mirasol and the Master s relationship is so tentative, so careful their attempts to reach out to the land they re bound to and heal the things that have happened are so conscientious, untutored, sometimes even desperate, and yet they never give up And I love all the domestic details the honey, the woodrights, all the sensory stuff that comes with the honey And the idea of the Chalice, both the office and the object, her duty to bind the Circle and all the little details of how to do that.I also think it s a very hopeful book, in the same sort of way as The Goblin Emperor or Uprooted, other books I ve liked recently Okay, there is a conflict, but the outcome is almost totally positive, and the main characters seek as much as they can to avoid conflict It s gentle, calm, and thus calming.I imagine I ll reread it again sometime in the future.Originally posted here. This book was too much in need of a good editing for me to enjoy it I sat down with it 6 times, and only got to page 34and then I quit.What the book really should have done was have the beginning section, up until she gets burned, and then go back in time and talk about how she becomes Chalice, and then go on with the story.Instead, there s a line of dialogue, such as are you warm enough Then 6 paragraphs of something that reminded her of, and things she did in the past, and then finally, yes, I m quite warm It made it too difficult to keep track of the dialogue Also the sentence structure was attrocious Subject various side paths and random things predicate By the time you reached the predicate, you forgot the subject really the same problems as with her dialogues, but contained in each sentence.I ve never read Robin McKinley before, and have always wanted to, the plot did sound like it could be interesting, and the cover picture nabbed my interestI just couldn t get past the horrible structure of it. I d go 3.5 stars, with a big buzz for novelty My first fantasy by Robin McKinley, this is a unique rendition of Beauty and the Beast. Mirasol, humble beekeeper, newly promoted to the position of Chalice, who nurtures the landsShe thought, I need no cup I am Chalice I am filling with the grief and hurt and fear of my demesne the shattered earthlines weigh me down I am brimming with the needs of my peopleThe beast our hero , is a human who has been transformed almost completely into Fire, with blackened burnt skin For about seven years he s been removed from humanity, learning how to be a Fire Mage He must regain his humanity, to reluctantly take his newly inherited position in the community.Referred to as The Master, he s got a hot body too hot to touch He s kind and wise, yet pessimistic about his ability to tend the earth s troubled spirits Nonetheless, the task falls to him, as the new Master a position passed down by bloodline, previously held by his deceased and reckless brother The Chalice Marisol also has responsibility for the well being of the lands Hmmm We only encountered our hero in a handful of scenes What I saw, I liked I was happy to see him begin to regain his humanity But his character got short changed Indeed, the Fire Master is only the nominal hero of this tale The true heroes are honeybees Mirasol s beloved bees steal the show, drenched as they are in personality, generous with honey and comb, responsive to Mirasol almost telepathic , fiercely protective of her, tender and nurturing Huge bees with velvety black backs, they help save the day in the end and serve various purposes along the way Then of course, there s the honey they make The best honey Honey of various colors and strengths Honey that will heal wounds Honey that will cure a headache as fast as snapping a twig and honey that will cause the rain to hold off until the hay s been harvested Pages and pages and pages of honey, and honeybees, and beekeeping techniques, and bee lore.That s the character I cared most about and grew to understand When even one bee died, I was sad, even though there are swarms of the little hummers.Chalice Mirasol is also a strong and sympathetic protagonist She assists the Fire Mage Master in tending the spirits of the ravaged earth and healing the demesne domain She s pretty cool as far as heroines go, but lacks self confidence, frequently fretting that she s just a humble beekeeper, not prepared trained to serve in this exalted role A natural reaction.When the villain suffered, I didn t react I had only met him a few times he made little impression.The HEA between Chalice and Master seemed absurdly hasty, given the few times they were together.But I loved the dueling scene at the end of the book, between the Master and his challenger, a nasty interloper Vivid scenes And a little bit of the sting comes from the bees, of course.Problematic writing style McKinley could have made reading this book so much enjoyable, but the pacing is slow as thick honey, and we hop back and forth in time constantly Moreover, the heroine THINKS too much and for too long stopping to think right in the middle of conversations taking long trips down memory lane, pondering every possible word, remembering every prior action, considering every political action of the Circle, the Grand Seneschal,the Overlord, his agents, the heir, Clearseer, etc There are than a dozen secondary characters to keep track of, but some of them only appear once or twice.Another book involving a Beast who is a Fire Mage is The Fire Rose, by Mercedes Lackey I do not recommend it also plan to read a few others by this author, starting with The Blue Sword and Dragonhaven. For a book that I originally gave three stars, and found somewhat disappointing, it probably seems weird that I ve come back to it for a second time But actually, I ve grown very fond of it I love the fact that it isn t just a generic medieval Europe, but something that has some of those aspects while having rules, rituals, histories and roles of its own And yet at the same time, it s still rooted in the earth in the common elements, in water and milk and honey, in the straightforward clear sight of a beekeeper called to higher things Mirasol makes a great character neither so knowledgeable about the world she lives in that worldbuilding ends up being as you know, Bob , but not so ignorant that she s completely at sea We come into the story when she s starting to find some purchase, starting to figure out what she needs to do, but even by the end of the story, she s not all powerful, so special she can fix everything I like that a lot the down to earthness of her the fact that she turns to books for the knowledge she needs and just reads desperately, almost indiscriminately the fact that she is so overwhelmed, unready and untrained, and yet does what she has to do.I also like the sense of strain and work that comes through It s not effortless for Mirasol and the Master to save their land it comes slowly, in fits and starts, as they adjust to each other and to the circumstances The last section is one long hard slog for Mirasol, and she isn t even sure she s doing the right thing, only that she knows she has to do something.I think I can still understand why people find it disappointing or unsatisfying there s so much unsaid about the world, so much that could be done with it, and Mirasol s story is only beginning here And yet Chalice is whole in and of itself, a standalone fantasy story in a world that feels bigger than the story, which is exactly the kind of thing I like.Despite the fantasy setting, it s not really something to read for the sense of magic One comparison that comes to mind now is Lifelode Jo Walton the importance of the domestic in that. This was the type of Robin McKinley book I like sweet yet powerful female main character with a job to do, an otherworldly land, and an understated but moving romance It s not her best book ever, but it s a return to the kind of book she used to write in the days of my favorites, THE BLUE SWORD and BEAUTY, and I enjoyed it The bees were a wonderful touch. I always rather suspected I d reread this book, and now seemed like a good time, when I m doing a lot of revisiting of other books It stuck in my mind for a long time, in a way not many books do I found myself still wondering how Mirasol would deal with certain situations, how she and the Master would get on.I found the worldbuilding fascinating The idea of a Chalice, the idea of the earthlines, all the roles of the Circle I still think it would be fascinating to see the Circle functioning properly, to see the results of Mirasol and the Master s work And then, on the other hand, I do like it the way it is Not enough fantasy stands alone, in my opinion this does so admirably well I think the appeal to me is that it s quite an ordinary kind of magic Honey, and water, and bees Talking to the earth And it s also fun because while it is sort of familiar as being basically medieval Europe with magic, the magic isn t pastede on yay The magic is absolutely integral to the world McKinley s created, and feels natural.I remember being not sure what to think of it, the first time I read it, and initially giving it three stars Then I upgraded the rating to four stars, because of how it stuck in my head This time, I m going to have to give it five stars, even though I still can t pinpoint exactly what I loved so much about it, even though I know other people found it disappointing It just felt, in an odd way, like home Like a place for my heart to rest for a while.