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18 November 2008


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I unwisely went to Trader Joe's right after finishing this book and ended up buying about 6 different bottles of honey.


Ooh, well that sounds different! I recently read her book Sunshine and really liked it.

Sarah Rettger

My mom *is* a beekeeper, so I don't think reading this is going to be optional.

Maureen E

I have this enormous nostalgic love for Beauty and The Blue Sword but except for those two, Chalice may be my favorite McKinley. I loved Sunshine as well, but there was something so beautiful about Mirasol's story. I just re-read it and loved it all over again, so this came at a good moment.

Incidentally, she's got THREE new books in the works: Pegasus, Fire (short stories with her husband, Peter Dickinson) and Albion which is set in Sunshine's world (!!!). Not sure about release dates for any of them and I don't even know how much of Albion has been written, but they're coming.


I think I'm the only one, but I didn't love Chalice. I thought there were holes and questions left unanswered and I thought the ending was abrupt. That's just me. Absolutely adore The Blue Sword though. One of my all-time favorites.


Maureen: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Really?

Casey: I never did read Dragonhaven, because it just didn't attract me, so I can sympathize. I'm so curious to see how I'll react!


I didn't love Chalice either. I kept feeling like I was missing something. I'm honestly not sure if that's my fault or the book's. Maybe it needs a rereading.

I wouldn't recommend reading it expecting another Sunshine or Blue Sword, though. It's very different from both.


I'd give Dragonhaven a shot if I were you; I avoided it for a LONG time (I mean, long for me + RMcK) and I really liked it a lot. In fact I liked it better than Sunshine (but then I am very anti-vampire).

Maureen E

Leila, I'm not joking nor jesting. (Which is a quote from something, if only I could remember what. And Google has failed me.)


Casey and Jen, I also found the ending a little abrupt but I loved the story overall enough that it didn't really bother me. Besides, I feel like that's something I often notice with her endings.


You are in luck! I am giving away 4 more copies of Chalice on my blog here: http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com/2008/11/book-giveaway-chalice-by-robin-mckinley.html

Enter by Nov. 25th :)

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