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"I just finished Marie Jakober's The Black Chalice. It's not a fairy tale novel per se, but it does have some folkloric themes, and is similar in tone to the likes of Juliet Marillier's or Jacqueline Carey's work. It is a bloody, dark, sensual novel about pagan mysteries and the corruption of the Church in medieval Germany. Not to be read, perhaps, by those who are offended by anti-Christian sentiment no matter what the circumstances, but the truth is that some truly nasty stuff went on back then.... Anyway, if you like that sort of thing, you might want to check it out; it's heavy and dark, but quite well-written, IMHO."
"A book like this deserves to be cherished, whatever the readers' personal faith or lack of it. "
"The Black Chalice's representation of the struggle between militant Christian piety and sensual pagan magic deserves comparison to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon and Guy Gavriel Kay's A Song for Arbonne. . . . The work's originality and its more profound attractions lie in the way the tale is told."
-Christopher Cobb, Strange Horizons
"I just wanted to tell you how much I loved your novel."
"This is a first-rate piece of writing. It has all the elements a fantasy lover could want, in an interesting and well done story. This book runs rings around most of what is packaged as fantasy
in the local chain bookstore."
-Paul Lappen, reviewer
"Congratulations to Ms. Jakober for her splendid novel."
-Anne I. McCaffrey, author
"I was absolutely startled and bewitched by your wonderful book."
-Kirsten Lotz-Prochaska, reader
"I am not in the habit of hyping other people's books, but this one is exceptional... Jakober wields pagan myth as surely as Tolkien ever did, and cites Christian beliefs in a way even C.S. Lewis would never dare... There's plenty of action for repressed adolescents like me-magic, jousting, tender romance and gruesome brutality. She creates superbly subtle characters, men and women both. Best of all is her evocation of the atmosphere of Dark Age Northern Europe-nasty, brutish, and haunted."
-Dave Duncan, author
"...so I finished the book. Deadly! It's a great book!"
"This is simply one of the finest and most provocative historical fantasy novels you are likely to encounter. This epic is deeply researched, brilliantly imagined. Jakober creates one of the more satisfying fantasies to emerge from a smaller press in a long time."
-Jim Lee, reviewer
"This complex chronicle does much the same thing for medieval Germany that Marion Zimmer Bradley did for Arthurian England...captures the chaotic sense of medieval German politics, and the ultimate irony of waging war in the name of a god of peace."
-Carolyn Cushman, reviewer
"Overall, an entertaining tale..."
-Sarah L. Nesbeitt
-Historical Novels Review
"...just finished reading The Testament by John Grisham and enjoyed your book much more."
-Edith Klipenstein, reader
"This work is unlike any fantasy I have read before, both for its lyricism as well as the quality of its existential ruminations. I can't recommend this work more highly."
"The Black Chalice is very well done."
-Georges T. Dodds, reviewer
"The Black Chalice is the work of a major talent: intelligently conceived, beautifully
written, powerfully absorbing, deeply moving."
-Victoria Strauss, reviewer
"Jakober's narrative vision is strong; she offers vivid scenes of battle, romance, political scheming, wild magic, religious conflict and love."
-Douglas Barbour, reviewer
"The historical and mythological elements blend seamlessly, making The Black Chalice a must-read for fantasy connoisseurs."
-Meridith Renwick, a Toronto writer and reviewer
-Quill and Quire
"The Black Chalice is a winner, one of the best books I've read this past year. The prose is exceptionally strong, the characters vivid, and the plot engrossing. The cover artwork is also a real eye-catcher."
"I read a little of the first chapter [sample chapter] of The Black Chalice and was mightily impressed! Normally I don't go for high fantasy (because it's too pretentious for my taste), but this one really hooked me!"
"...A Magical journey, set in a time when sorceress queens still lived in Europe's northern woods. The Black Chalice is a spellbinding tale..."
-Riane Eisler, author