Chalice by Robin McKinley
Publisher: Ace (Paperback Mass Market)
Released: November 24, 2009 (Mass Market)
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Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors, so I was excited when I finally got my hands on this book. I wanted to love this book as much as I love Deerskin, but I have to settle for just liking it.
The beginning of Chalice starts with Mirasol and how she became the Chalice to a place that had tragically lost its previous Master and Chalice. The Circle’s magical rods pointed to her, and while she began her duties as Chalice, the Circle wrote to the Priests of Fire to bring home the brother of the previous Master.
Throughout the beginning, once the Master has arrived, we’re shown flashbacks to before he came, when Mirasol was still just a new Chalice. The way in which these were incorporated into the story confused me some, disrupting the flow somewhat. That made the beginning of the book, the first eighty to one hundred pages a little hard to get into. But once I got past that first hurdle, I devoured the rest of the story eagerly.
I savored what little interaction there was between Chalice and Master, and if I could have changed anything about the novel, it would have been more of them together.