by Robin McKinley
When the previous Master and Chalice of Willowlands die in a sudden catastrophe, Mirasol is drawn from her woodright to become the new Chalice. The old Master’s younger brother, halfway through becoming a priest of Elemental Fire, is the only remaining blood heir. Can an inexperienced beekeeper-turned-Chalice and a Fire priest save Willowlands from the destruction begun by the previous Master?
This was a reread for me. For about the 10th time. I love this book—the characters, the plot, the richly imagined world, the honey—all of it.