honey + magic = fantastic story
by GoluxGirl on December 17, 2008It seems that I'm building up a love of stories revolving around women beekeepers: First there was The Secret Life of Bees, then the character of Charlotte "Chuck" Charles on Pushing Daisies, and finally Mirasol, the honey Chalice of Willowlands.
I was almost afraid to dive into this, since it seems so long since McKinley last fabricated a new fairy tale / fantasy. I worried that she'd somehow gotten clumsy, or would have changed her style so that it no longer felt organic.
I needn't have worried. The story of the Chalice and the Master is both enchanting and earthy. I felt Mirasol's weariness and determination, her pride and her wisdom. She's a woman alone, cut off from previous connections yet finding new ways to reconnect to everything she loves.
I felt the conclusion was rather open-ended, especially for McKinley who is usually a one-off author. I hope she continues the story so we can see what happens next with these characters and their land.
Rich, evocative, believable, and like all her works, the crystalline prose makes it utterly readable.
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