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Chalice

Chalice by Robin McKinley

Chalice by Robin McKinley is a fantasy novel about Mirasol, a beekeeper who suddenly finds herself in the prestigious position of Chalice. In the realm of this fantasy world, Chalice is second only to the Master of the demesne. As for the Master, he’s a Priest of the Fire, which means that he gives his life over to the element of Fire. Once a Priest passes the third level, they are said to be unable to live amongst humans. When the Master is called back from the Fire, he has just crossed the third level, and he is unable to fully control himself. He is described as having blackened skin and red fingertips and eyes. He scares most of the people in his demesne, even Mirasol at first.

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