CHALICE by Robin McKinley
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CHALICE

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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 in the earth and its powers—forces that are regulated by the concerted efforts of an estate Master, his Chalice and their Circle of advisors. In this world, the role of the estate Chalice is to provide balance to the earthlines and to bind Master and Circle to serve the land. Mirasol, a beekeeper, has assumed this role on an estate that’s been driven to the verge of destruction by its former Master and his weak Chalice—with a new Master who is no longer fully human. McKinley is a master of fantasy writing: Elegant prose and lyrical descriptions capture reader interest while an increasingly tense plot maintains it. Primary characters, especially Mirasol and the new Master, are limned with care. The narrative’s climax and resolution are satisfying and not at all pat. This tale will go down with fans like a spoonful of honey while attracting new readers to McKinley’s previous works. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-399-24676-0
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2008




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