“Exquisitely written in the manner of the most powerful and romantic of all fairy tales, yet wholly original. The chalice binds the land with magic, words, and honey, and McKinley binds her words with insight, whimsy, and beauty. This is my favorite novel of the year, from one of our finest storytellers.”
— Melissa Posten, Children's Book World, Haverford, PA
A captivating tale, from bestselling and award-winning author, that reveals the healing power of duty and honour, love and honey.
Mirasol is a beekeeper, a honey-gatherer, with an ability to speak to the "earthlines"—the sentient parts of Willowlands, where she lives. The concerns of Master, Chalice, and Circle, who govern Willowlands, have nothing to do with her-until the current Master and Chalice die in a fire and leave no heirs to take their places. The Master's closest relative has been a priest of Fire for the past seven years; he is not quite human anymore. And then the Circle comes to Marisol and tells her that she is the new Chalice, and it will be up to her to bind the land and its people with a Master, the touch of whose hand can burn human flesh to the bone. . . .
About the Author
Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.
-High fantasy as perfectly shaped and eloquently told as Beauty and The Hero and the Crown. A lavish and lasting treat.+ -Publishers Weekly, starred review
-Readers who long for beautiful phrases and descriptive writing will find themselves drinking in this rich fairy tale as if it were honey trickling down their throats.+ -School Library Journal