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Old Sep 20 2008, 10:24 PM   #1
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After being disappointed by Robin McKinley's previous book, I was a little wary of her next book, which is the just-released Chalice. Well, I'm here to report that she's back, baby!

Gone is the annoying first person narrative. Here as always is a fascinating fantasy tale in a new land, following a few key interesting characters. I'm about halfway through it so far. When done I'll give a more proper summary (without spoilers) and review. But for now I wanted to post to let other McKinley fans who were disappointed by Dragonhaven know that this one is back to normal readability and quality.
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Great! Looking forward to your report.
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I just remembered that I never posted my full review. I'm having a hard time properly describing the book... I enjoyed it, but I have my criticisms.

It's pretty quick reading, and entertaining. A good book when you want a quick trip to a foreign land, that won't make you think too hard.

It's definitely not the best of McKinley, and for anyone (like me) looking forward to a worthy followup book to Sunshine (not a sequel, just in the same vein of excellence), this is not it. This is juvenille fiction and as such lacks the elements of development and depth that made Sunshine so fabulous.

If you really look closely at the plot and development, you'll find they're thin. I found a review on amazon that sums up its faults rather well.

But again, it is an enjoyable read if you don't expect depth from it.
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