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Chalice by Robin McKinley
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Dec 31, 2009

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bookshelves: written-by-women
Read in September, 2009

The positive: As is clear, I adore Robin McKinley. I feel like she writes outstanding magic-as-mundane world-building books with awesome female protagonists. Chalice is no exception to that rule. Plus, there's so many mythology/folklore easter eggs in this one. I really enjoyed the idea and the imagery, and as always I thought it was well-written. Also, I loved the protagonist as much as I loved Rosie from Spindle's End, which is high praise.

The negative: Unlike in the other McKinley books I've read, in this one I felt like there was too much left unexplained. There seemed to be a rushed feeling, like she was trying to get through the world-building to get to the story, which rubbed me the wrong way, as the world-building is my favorite part.

The summary: Not my favorite McKinley, but still highly enjoyable, and one I'd recommend to anybody aching for some strong-woman-centered fantasy.

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