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by McKinley, Robin,

Format: Print Book 2009
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Northland Public Library Teen Paperbacks P/YA MCK
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Teen Paperbacks
Call Number  P/YA MCK
The earthlines speak to Mirasol, but her family has lived in the demesne for centuries, and many of the old families can hear the land. She knows that the violent deaths of the last Master and Chalice have thrown Willowlands into turmoil; but she is only a beekeeper, and the problems of the Circle that govern Willowlands have nothing to do with her--although she wonders what will become of her demesne, because the Master and Chalice left no heirs to carry on their crucial duties.

And then the Circle come to Mirasol, to tell her that she has been chosen to be the new Chalice; and the Master she must learn to work with is a Priest of Fire, a man no longer quite human, whose touch can burn human flesh to the bone.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Everywhere she goes, Mirasol, beekeeper and new Chalice of Willowlands, hears laments from magical beings and humans alike about their broken world, which has never been in such crisis. The previous Master and his Chalice, killed in a fire, had abused their responsibility. Now the new Master has arrived home after his training as a Priest of Fire, no longer human and unable to touch without burning. With enemies on every border, and the land itself trembling, Mirasol must find a way to bind the Master to her land. McKinley integrates the world building smoothly into a narrative that is a sensory delight, laden with tangible tastes and scents. Themes of stewardship, beekeeping, and the power of duty and love flow through the story like the honey described so temptingly. There are a few too many convoluted sentences, but the power of the story eases the sting. McKinley fans will recognize in Mirasol a typically strong heroine who discovers her impressive powers as she finds her way.--Rutan, Lynn Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Starred Review. Fans and new readers alike will greedily devour McKinley's latest, a high fantasy as perfectly shaped and eloquently told as Beauty and The Hero and the Crown. Humble beekeeper Mirasol has been chosen to take on the key ceremonial role of Chalice, the woman charged with maintaining the province's well-being by communicating with the (sentient) land. She is keenly aware of the suffering brought on by the misrule of its former Master: [The province] Willowlands was restless, hurt and unhappy... delirious as a child with a bad fever. Hope flickers when the former Master's brother returns and assumes the role; but because he is now an Elemental priest of Fire, he may not be able to perform the duties. Mirasol and the new Master are drawn to each other, even though she suspects their union is prohibited, and their smoldering attraction--plus the gorgeously evoked magic and the escalating threat that Willowlands will be usurped--gives this tale its sizzle. In the best McKinley fashion, the fantasy realm is evoked in thorough and telling detail, with the energy of the narrative lending excitement to descriptions of even the most stylized rituals. A lavish and lasting treat. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Beekeepers -- Juvenile fiction.
Priests -- Juvenile fiction.
Fire -- Juvenile fiction.
Beekeepers -- Fiction.
Priests -- Fiction.
Fire -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York :2009
Edition Ace mass market edition.
Language English
Notes Originally published: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2008.
Description 259 pages ; 18 cm
ISBN 9780441018741
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