So. Chalice is insanely good.
I was able to put it down at a sensible time*, (which, given last night** is a very good thing) only because I have read it twice before. I am a huge fan of fiction stories where there are complex characters having A Difficult Time of It as their relationship unfolds realistically in the background, and this is as good as it gets and better.
And by realistically I mean…it’s stressful, their connection is sudden and intense, there’s serious personal development as they both are almost being overwhelmed with X life/personal stuff as they Struggle to Save the Day.
I especially like how Mckinley brings in the Untrained Heroine Thrust into Power In the Midst of Turmoil to Chalice. Mirasol, the main character, is also a beekeeper and she uses the healing power of honey to keep the Evil At Bay….or Can She?
Then, there’s the introduction of a badly, deeply wounded Prince and the Corrupt Big Government set sovergnty and well being of a small, vibrant, wounded community…in a…prosperous 1700’s English-ish*** country side.
In short Mirasol does things, kicks ass despite wild self doubt and terror (with the help of her friends of course), and I lovelovelovelovelove this book SO MUCH.
I need to stop here. Goodnight, much love and rest to you and yours.
*Pretty much impossible with a good, unread book. Difficult for favorite re-reads as well.
**Slept poorly. Up early for first day of school.^
^Yeah. I am a total space cadet–there was no school today.
***Magical English-ish country side.