is a 2008 novel by Robin Mc Kinley
, set in the demesne of Willowlands. Willowlands' Master
and his Chalice have recently died under less than pleasant circumstances, and the late Master's older brother has been called back from his initiation into the priesthood of elemental Fire to take over as the demesne's new Master - to some opposition, since becoming a priest of Fire has left him no longer entirely human.
Mirasol was a simple beekeeper before she was unexpectedly called upon to take over as the demesne's new Chalice, in which position she must somehow make the transition to a new and not-quite-human Master work smoothly in spite of her own inexperience in the role. If she can't, the consequences will affect the entire demesne, which is already in an unstable condition thanks to the previous Master.
Unfortunately, not very many people - including Mirasol herself - have a lot of confidence in her ability to adequately fill the role of Chalice. Even fewer are willing to put any faith in their strange new Master. And if Mirasol and the new Master can't make themselves secure enough in their roles as the demesne's leaders, there are people ready and waiting to take advantage of their weakness to sieze control - even if it causes the Willowlands to tear itself apart in the process.
Chalice contains examples of the following tropes: