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As the final confrontation with the darkness approaches, two mortal enemies will search for the key to life itself....

Title : The Chalice
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ISBN : 9780441007967
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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The Chalice Reviews

  • Kelsey Hanson
    2019-05-26 17:32

    This is one of those books that didn't quite stand the test of time since I last read it. I still like certain characters like Dain and Thum, but I think one of the problems with this book for me was that I found both Alexeika and Pheresa, the two female lead characters very irritating. While I maintain that Pheresa isn't "that bad" of a female character (she does actual aspirations and ambitions). She rests mostly on being pretty for this novel. Alexeika, on the other hand, is pretty bad ass, but fits into the generic tomboy princess character. Plus she makes a lot of decisions that don't quite make sense. Still, the story itself was interesting, even if the ending is a bit wrapped up in a hurry.

  • Hayley Shaver
    2019-05-16 14:31

    Great ending to a great trilogy. Truly worth a reader's time.

  • G B'man
    2019-04-29 17:34

    She's SO hard to read. Jumps around. Never satisfies with understanding of allusions. Some wacky grammar. Nice fantastic touches, though. The beeeeees!

  • Joshua
    2019-05-12 12:45

    I have to say, I am disappointed with the way this trilogy was ended. I read the first book in the trilogy a long time ago and was excited to finally finish it these many years later. However, this third book filled me with extreme disappointment. The motivations of the characters and their actions made no sense in this the third book. I grew to intensely dislike the Dain we were introduced to in the first book. His rapid transformation from a practical serf was not believable, especially in the time frame in which it happened, which if I am not mistaken is about a year. All of a sudden, he can speak fluent Mandrian like a noble, can act like a noble and intrigue with the best of them. His actions make no sense also, i was not quite sure of what he was trying to do. Was he going to get the chalice or not? The way he was made to vacillate between both decisions was not believable. His sudden love for Princess Alexeika in the last two pages of the book came out of nowhere. However all that can be forgiven, however the treatment of Gavril was not sensible.Gavril's actions were also not well thought out. This was the only heir to the kingdom of a major power, yet he is made to act like an ill-mannered peasant. I know the author meant to portray Gavril in a negative light, the evil foil to Dain's goodness, however, I did nto find it belivable that the only prince of a realm, no matter how evil would act so rudely and without any manners at all to everybody. At the end of the book, the only impression I had of Gavril was that he was always shouting, in all situations and did not display the intelligence that everybody else apparently saw in him and admired him for. I think the story would have been much better with the competent or at least devious foil to Dain. Gavril in the original book was built up to be that, but that potential was wasted in the other books.A good example of that is when he and cardinal nonicure attacked Dain in his own hold. I refuse to believe that somebody apparently as intelligent and devious as cardinal Nonicure would agree to that, because it seems to me that the risk was much greater than the reward in that case. Why did they not wait until they were on the road? The Princess Alexeika's actions also did not make sense. it just seems like she kept the ring till the last minute because the author needed the ring to not be available to Dain until that time, so he could appear i battle when he did with the Chalice and Mirengard etc etc. The explanation given for why she kept the ring did not make sense. Out of jealousy? that I believe was just a cop out.There are many plot holes in the book and many questions left unanswered. Why is Dain's eld magic different from that of the other eld? How exactly, based on the magic system created in that world was the king able to pass on his weapon and armour to Dain? How was he even able to appear to Dain all the times he did and why then? why not earlier in their life? Why can't nonkind cross running water? When reading this trilogy, I knew it was formulaic. The son of a king treacherously taken by his evil brother, a single article proclaiming his royalty, has to struggle all his life until his lineage is discoevered and he suddenly finds kingly behavior within himself, has some strange and unique power, goes forth and is victorious. It is extremely formulaic, it was enjoyeable, but I think it would have been even better if some more care was given to characterizations and making sure that the world is consistent within the rules of magic that bind it.

  • Alice Bridgwater
    2019-05-18 12:39

    I liked this book, but unfortunately the sequel does not keep up with the first volume. I liked the boy's adventures and even if the story doesn't stand out for its originality, I found it quite enjoyable: the lost prince, the lost heritage, the quest for the magical talisman... if not new, they were at least decently developed. The characters also seemed quite interesting... but in the following two volumes the main character loses all depth: as long as he was a commoner he was 'true', but as soon as he discovers his true identity he suddenly IS a prince. There is no struggle, no hesitation, no CHANGING, one day he is a foundling and the next he is an arrogant noble. Bah. I would suggest Miss Chester to read TheBoneDollsTwin (by Flewelling), just in order to see how a believable -and wonderful- character is developed.

  • Angela
    2019-05-23 16:46

    I finally finished this last installment to the trilogy on the plane home from St. Louis today. My best friend LOVES this series...in fact when I didn't get the first one (The Sword) back to her in a timely manner (seems to be a trend with this trilogy...I didn't get the second one back to whom I borrowed it from for 4!! years) bought a new copy. I myself thought the trilogy was eh. The first book was good, though it started slow. The second (The Ring) was my favorite, and when I finally got to it, it read pretty quickly.This one started off good, and then....dragged. For the last hundred pages or so I had to force myself to finish. I should have cared when good characters I liked died, but I just kept plodding on. The evil characters get what is due them, sort of. It just is not a good set of books in my opinion.

  • Megan
    2019-04-29 14:36

    I was really disappointed in this. It felt like it wasn't moving. And since this was the last book of the triology I was expecting a lot more take control kind of action. But instead the main character went from being captured, to escaping to being captured again. It was so frustrating and rather boring. There was a lot of stuff that needed to be done in this book, since The Ring (book #2) didn't do anything. So this book just dragged on and on not accomplishing anything until the last 30 pages, and then it was just quickly fixed and tied into a nice little bundle.

  • John Watt
    2019-04-28 18:28

    Again the third volume started out just fine, not great, not bad, just solidly decent. Then when I was getting close to the end I realized I still had no idea how this was going to reasonably wrap up in the remaining pages left in the book. the all of a sudden it was over and wrapped up. I felt the ending was rushed and rather disappointing, and was a complete let down from where the rest of the story had been. What could have been very good, became just OK. (see reviews for The Sword and The Ring).

  • Patrick
    2019-05-22 17:23

    Ho-hum....each book got progressively worse. The first one "The Sword" wasn't too bad I actually enjoyed it. The second had its moments but the way this one just finished and tied everything up....good lord. And the heroine the Alexeika makes such a damning decision that costs lives there is NO WAY anyone in their right mind would forgive her in the whole 10 pages it happens. Give me a break. This series was reccomended and after finishing it I'm very dissapointed. I'll be scratching anything by Chester of any list in the future.

  • Lizzy _3
    2019-05-25 15:47

    The Chalice really made up for The Ring and then some. The ending was rather predictable but it didn't take away from the excitement at all which I thought was very artfully done. Prince Gaebril's story was sad but it was deserved I think and the last two pages were very corny and dumb but in a pleasing way. Dain was cool.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-21 14:44

    This was an amazing end to the trilogy. I couldn't put it down and was almost late getting back to work a couple of times. If you like fantasy I recommend this trilogy.

  • Pauline
    2019-05-21 14:44

    Final book of the trilogy and ended up very nicely.Enjoyed the whole trilogy.

  • Heather McCorkle
    2019-05-01 14:35

    I loved this series! I haven't had a fantasy series hook me like this since Dragonlance. The world building was excellent but so was the character development, which isn't an easy balance to strike!

  • Brenda
    2019-04-29 15:40

    Read this after part 2, couldn't wait to read it!! finished in a day...

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-17 15:28

    The same as book one and two, just perfect!

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-24 19:29

    I have never been one for fantasy fiction but the trilogy really hooked me in.

  • Susan Tietjen
    2019-05-10 16:33

    A good sequel. Some aren't, but this one was neither less well written nor predictable.