When the Master and Chalice of Willowlands both die in a fire, the entire demesne is in turmoil, the land itself showing its distress in sudden rifts and earthquakes. Beekeeper Mirasol’s quiet life is shattered when she learns she must join the governing Circle and take on the role of Chalice—with no apprenticeship, no guidance, only the knowledge she can search out in old books.
To make matters worse, the new Master of Willowlands is a Priest of Fire whose touch burns human flesh, and the Overlord wants to replace the Master with his own Heir, a move Mirasol knows will be catastrophic.
Mirasol doesn’t know what to do, but she knows she must do something.
The story, with its gentle romance, moves at a brisk pace, beginning with the arrival of the new Master; it slows only slightly in a few places and picks up quickly each time.
Reading Level: 7.7, range 6.3-9.2.
Of interest to girls.
This review has been acquired and adapted from CleanTeenReads.com.
This review was acquired from CleanTeenReads.com on May 15, 2014 and was not completed using Compass Book Ratings’ standardized checklist. Nevertheless, it contains useful content information which is included here. The overall number ratings have been approximated based on this information.
They say, “thank the gods” and “by the gods.”
One character challenges another to a duel; they are swarmed by bees, and one man dies—not graphic.
Mention of medicine that helps with “too-heavy bleeding during a woman’s monthly”; mention of a man producing heirs that would be bastards and unable to rule.
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Alcohol / Drug Use:
Mead and honey brandy drunk by adults.