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Series: The Earthsea Cycle (No. 1) Originally published in , Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea titles. The beloved author Ursula K. Le Guin was awarded a Newbery Honor for her second novel in the Earthsea Cycle, The Tombs. 6 days ago A wizard of Earthsea 17 editions. By Ursula K. Le Guin. books - science fiction and fantasy from Elizabeth Clubbe. A Wizard of Earthsea. Earthsea (Series). Book 1. Ursula K. Le Guin Author Harlan Ellison Narrator (). cover image of A Wizard of Earthsea.

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I was particularly interested in reading this multi-book edition, because I wonder whether I ought to compile my own Deathsworn Arc series into one book.

I've reviewed ALL of the books contained in this volume separately too: They are both perhaps among my favourite books of all time and definitely favourites for the last 12 months. After adding the scores and dividing them between four, I get 4. So, having read the first four Earthsea books, what did I think of the whole volume?

Well, it's an odd one. There were parts of this huge book, which I loved reading and couldn't put down. Le Guin writes beautifully, but it's the themes and stories which occasionally caused me to lose interest. Ged as a character, was okay in book 1. Just that. In book 3 I didn't really gel with Ged or Lebannen. The strengths of the series for me are the mundane. The grand adventures, sailing over the sea, with a mage-wind in their sails, simply wasn't as engaging.

It wasn't as gritty or as real. To me this is a stark reminder to exercise caution when throwing too much magic into fantasy.

Magic is exciting, but it's much more exciting when it's used sparsely and subtly. The characters I felt for the most in this series are the children on the reef. I never really got closure over their ordeal or the twisted, bitter fate which befell them.

I've given up hope that they will. Maybe this is Ursula K. Le Guin telling us that life is messy and loose ends don't always get tied up? I loved this book, even though I did NOT enjoy book 3.

I gave it 3 stars, because it's very well written, but in my heart of hearts I feel it's really a 2 for me. I don't know why, but I found it really boring. The trouble is, I don't think book 4 would have had the strong impact it had on me, if I didn't know the context in which Ged was returning to Gont.

So reading book 3 seems essential. Many people really enjoy book 3, so it could be me. My advice, is read the whole quadrology. Books 2 and 4 are by far the best and I honestly loved them both enough that I expect to read them again multiple times. You DO really need to read 1 and 3 too, 1 is good, 3 well, it's okay really. The important thing is it's worth reading 2 and 3 so you can get the full enjoyment of reading books 2 and 4.

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Overall this was a mixed compilation, with varying points of view. Each book has it's own distinct character, but the story is a good one and I recommend it to any who enjoys slightly old school fantasy and quite poetic prose.

Having affairs he must see to before he left Iffish, Vetch went off to the other villages of the island with the lad who served him as prentice-sorcerer.

Ged stayed with Yarrow and her brother, called Murre, who was between her and Vetch in age. He seemed not much more than a boy, for there was no gift or scourge of mage-power in him, and he had never been anywhere but Iffish, Tok, and Holp, and his life was easy and untroubled.

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Admiring Murre's comely, cheerful face he felt himself to be all lank and harsh, never guessing that Murre envied him even the scars that scored his face, and thought them the track of a dragon's claws and the very rune and sign of a hero. The two young men were thus somewhat shy with each other, but as for Yarrow she soon lost awe of Ged, being in her own house and mistress of it.

He was very gentle with her, and many were the questions she asked of him, for Vetch, she said, would never tell her anything. She kept busy those two days making dry wheatcakes for the voyagers to carry, and wrapping up dried fish and meat and other such provender to stock their boat, until Ged told her to stop, for he did not plan to sail clear to Selidor without a halt. There's your meat, then; you're sure that's enough? Listen, I don't understand: Why do you get hungry, then?

When it comes suppertime at sea, why not say, Meat-pie! But we don't much wish to eat our words, as they say. We can make it odorous, and savourous, and even filling, but it remains a word. It fools the stomach and gives no strength to the hungry man.

I have seen my brother, and even his prentice, make light in a dark place only by saying one word: A great power by which we exist, but which exists beyond our needs, in itself. Sunlight and starlight are time, and time is light. In the sunlight, in the days and years, life is. In a dark place life may call upon the light, naming it. But usually when you see a wizard name or call upon some thing, some object to appear, that is not the same, he calls upon no power greater than himself, and what appears is an illusion only.

To summon a thing that is not there at all, to call it by speaking its true name, that is a great mastery, not lightly used. Not for mere hunger's sake. Yarrow, your little dragon has stolen a cake. She took the small scaly creature on her knee and fed it bits and crumbs, while she pondered what Ged had told her.

But, when you were shipwrecked, you sailed from the place in a boat woven mostly of spells, and it didn't leak water. Was it illusion? But the strength of the boat was not illusion, nor summoning, but made with another kind of art, a binding-spell. The wood was bound as one whole, one entire thing, a boat. What is a boat but a thing that doesn't leak water? And when you're starving on the waste water between the far isles you'll think of that cake and say, Ah! But presently looking serious again she said, "I wish I could truly understand what you tell me.

I am too stupid. If we had more time-" "We will have more time," Yarrow said. There was a little pause; and Yarrow asked, watching the harrekki climb back to its perch, "Tell me just this, if it is not a secret: All power is one in source and end, I think. Years and distances, stars and candles, water and wind and wizardry, the craft in a man's hand and the wisdom in a tree's root: My name, and yours, and the true name of the sun, or a spring of water, or an unborn child, all are syllables of the great word that is very slowly spoken by the shining of the stars.

There is no other power. No other name. Before, and after. Nov 06, M. Johnson rated it it was amazing Shelves: I first read the Earthsea Trilogy when I was in my early twenties and absolutely loved it. I love The Lord of the Rings for its wealth and genius as an epic narrative, however I first read the Earthsea Trilogy when I was in my early twenties and absolutely loved it.

I love The Lord of the Rings for its wealth and genius as an epic narrative, however, as a piece of fantasy writing, the world and people created by Le Guin in her Earthsea books have a depth and sense of reality with which Tolkien, in my opinion, never managed to imbue his land of Middle Earth or its characters - and she can cover in fifty pages what JRR would need most of a book to say.

The first three books were wonderful to read again, and the writing, perhaps not heeded by me then as much as now, was elegant and sublime.

This brings me to Tehanu , the final book in The Earthsea Quartet as my volume, re-issued in , is entitled. The writing is once again impeccable, however, this is not a tale of epic fantasy like the first three adventures. The main character of the first three books, Ged, is largely absent and the main focus of the narrative is Tenar who we first meet in The Tombs of Atuan. Tehanu has, unlike its predecessors a mainly domestic setting and is concerned it seemed to me with the process we all must go through of accepting and accommodating ourselves with life and to how our lives may ultimately fall out.

Le Guin has a number of points she wishes to make about gender inequality and the differences between male and female power. I felt that she was for Le Guin that is a little heavy-handed at times in her treatment of these matters, and there were just a few moments when I wanted to declare: The Taoist philosophy of balance that so firmly binds together this world of Earthsea is never pointed-up or highlighted in such a deliberate way as these feminist issues are in Tehanu.

Just a thought! I thoroughly enjoyed it. So, I find myself with two more Earthsea books left to go. I shall definitely be looking forward to reading Tales from Earthsea and The Other Wind in the not too distant future.

View 1 comment. Aug 11, S. Hirons rated it it was amazing. I think a fair few parts of it creeped me out and I stopped reading it way before the end. It values craftsmanship, patience, control and the natural rhythms of living - and shows it by being sublimely crafted, measured, wise and endlessly rewarding: Lastly I think it shows beautifully how the world tends to betterment through human effort, human openness and human honesty. All of which I think is pretty good going for a book that is meant to be for children and that manages to keep a strong narrative going all the way through.

These books are simply wonderful. I concur wholeheartedly with Le Guin being held up alongside Tolkien. The Wizard of Earthsea: First of all the pace of this book is so refreshing. In the first chapter it establishes a young boy who has a hint of a gift, suddenly he defends his village and is wished away to apprentice with a wizard. One chapter. So great. The world created is so full, and the lore is beautiful; magic is in the understanding of the true names - magnificent.

The Tombs of Atuan: Slower, more deliberate. But this slow pace builds a menacing situation and then finally reveals an beloved old friend.

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Tenar is just such a wonderful character. I adore her. The Furthest Shore: This story is a long but exciting drifting sadness.

The premise of enthusiasm and magic leaking out of the world is so hauntingly told. Dear goodness I want to meet a dragon. It also really shows how skilful Le Guin is at writing doubt, self-doubt, despair, and then turnarounds from that.

She is masterful at the human experience. Much less seems to happen in this as opposed to the first and third books but it was marvellous. So exciting to see Tenar again. And the hinting of the power of women's magic was fantastic. I did wonder why, in the first, a female author would hold by the boring trope of magic being for men.

But now I can see what she was building to whether originally intended or not. Apparently the following books expand on this even further. I'm pretty dang excited by that. The climax and revelations of this story had me squinting through excited tears.

Dear Le Guin, oh my word. I'm actually not finished, but i gave up about pages in. I was so looking forward to this being a fabulous book, but the archaic wording sometimes annoyed me. Book One still showed a lot of promise, but half way Book Two i just got bored. What to be said about the books you come to love is that even you find their flaws, lack of consistency, a lot of plot holes and obscure pacing, you will not be afraid to defend all the world against it.

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The fascinating context about the book is the gap years of each book's publication - creates a strong evolution momentum. When reading through all four books as the "quartet" I heard there're two more books to catch up later , the character developments and the aspects of each book What to be said about the books you come to love is that even you find their flaws, lack of consistency, a lot of plot holes and obscure pacing, you will not be afraid to defend all the world against it.

When reading through all four books as the "quartet" I heard there're two more books to catch up later , the character developments and the aspects of each book are vastly different like spectrum. There are branches of the stories: The mage, the dragons, and women play the essential roles around four books.

It is like Le Guin using the saga as the vessel to explore the ways she blends fantasy genre with philosophy and social criticism, lastly, the story is mush more expanding beyond her.

It creates so many thoughtful questions, self-awareness not about human beings and gender roles but tackles on life and death debates that could be taken more profound explored much more than the limited plot and tone. Some part of the stories outlive the wisdom of the writer, leaving more discussion unanswered questions. For example, the part about Equilibrium is a bit bundled up with the prejudice on races and genders, not only the balance is tactless, only to be understood by the mages but not the witches and other human beings.

I have some debates with myself during almost pages and lost in which to begin with. To be a little more cheerful, I'm certain it's the good thing to both love and criticize the book which might not make Le Guin unhappy about it. This edition includes the first 4 books of the Earthsea cycle, as well as the map illustrations from each book. Le Guin is a master of writing, or so to say. Only some years later I could see why that was: Back then I read the german translation instead of reading the english original.

Language is important in the world of Earthsea. If it wasn't, all the spells wouldn't work. Le Guin takes you on an adventure of the Archipelago in th This edition includes the first 4 books of the Earthsea cycle, as well as the map illustrations from each book. Le Guin takes you on an adventure of the Archipelago in the first book, into the world of the Kargard Lands in the second book, to mend the world in the third and then gives you more insight about magic and Ged's healing in the fourth.

If you like magic, dragons and witty wizards whose power comes from words, then this is a book for you. The author shows how words can be magic, just as a story inspires the reader's mind and paints a picture inside.

I had read the first book earlier and liked it, but I read it again now. I think the first book may actually be my favourite of the quartet, although they are all good. It's not all pleasure though, all in all the series is pretty sad and even dark. But the writing is amazing and the characters are interesting. For a book series that's essentially about wizards, there's not much traditional 'wizard business' here, but the approach is refreshing and makes for compulsory reading for anyone interes I had read the first book earlier and liked it, but I read it again now.

For a book series that's essentially about wizards, there's not much traditional 'wizard business' here, but the approach is refreshing and makes for compulsory reading for anyone interested in this genre! I don't even know where to begin with this quartet.

I had excellent fun reading it. It did take me almost a whole month, but it's rather large as well. I'll talk about each book: I was thoroughly enchanted by the story of Ged growing up, and his mission to correct his wrongs and restore the balance. Ged has humble beginnings in a village on the island of Gon I don't even know where to begin with this quartet.

Ged has humble beginnings in a village on the island of Gont, as a young boy. The wizard living on Gont, Ogion, gives him is true name of Ged, but everyone else calls him Sparrowhawk because birds flock to him when he calls. In this world, one's true name is of great power, and can be used against another by somebody with power. Ogion tries to make Ged his prentice, but Ged has bigger ideas and wants to see the world, and so decides to go and learn structured magic at a high school on the island of Roke.

I was sad when Ged decided to leave the kindly Ogion; he was like a grandfather figure, but I thought they must see each other once more. In fact, they do meet again at Ged's most desperate time. Ged's training in Roke was kept brief, but I felt genuinely the friendship Ged built with Vetch, another pupil. The trust between them was strong and later Vetch agrees to help Ged on his difficult journey.

I didn't really understand the rivalry Ged built with another student, Jasper, and we never see him again. I guess it was the pride of the young, and it worked as a catalyst for the dark event Ged has to put to rights. I thought the masters of Roke were friendly, and the classes sounded interesting: I loved his little rat-like pet otak, 'Hoeg', but unfortunately he meets a sad end.

Ged happens to be a dragon-lord, one whom dragons will speak to. The dragons are wise and old, and rather interesting. This was an exciting introduction to Le Guin's world, and we are left with a nice happy ending. Ged manages to save himself and the world from the 'gebbeth', and Ged makes a great friend in Vetch. Unfortunately we do not see him in the other books, but a long time passes between them so Ged probably sees him!

We get to know Arha, the Eaten One, who is the First Priestess 'reborn', taken from her parents aged 5. Arha serves the Nameless Ones, their primitive gods, and the mortal Godking. The land of Atuan is a dry desert, isolated, compared to the Archipelago where Ged lives, which is verdant and green. Arha lives with other priestesses, guards, eunuchs, and young girls who are priestesses in training. Only women and eunuchs are allowed to enter the sacred places which have stood for hundreds of years.

There is great ritualism and respect in 'the Place'. I got quite absorbed in the rituals and rules, the solemnity and the religion Arha has to obey. It was exciting when Arha walked the Undertomb and the Labyrinth alone. It was one of the most special places. No light was allowed in the Undertomb, and Arha got to know that and the Labyrinth by touch and memory, spending hours and hours getting to know her way, her own secret playground. He searches for a ring of great power to reunite the lands in peace.

He develops trust with Arha, who has never seen a man, and she escapes with him, from everything she has known, and Ged gives her her real name: The people of the Archipelago are red-brown skinned, and Tenar is white skinned, so when Ged brings her home she is called Tenar the White.

It turns out that the Nameless Ones are not just superstition, because when Arha and Ged leave 'the Place', there is a massive earthquake, destroying the sacred buildings and tombs. We learn, with Tenar, how different the world is outside Atuan.

The last part of the book focuses on her apprehension about going to the white city of Havnor. The book served as an introduction to Tenar and the legend of the Ring of Erreth Akbe, and we presume it will have significance in the next books. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first two, but in some ways I enjoyed parts more. A boy, Arren, arrives on the island of Roke, the Isle of the Wise. He meets with Ged, now the Archmage Sparrowhawk.

There is worrying talk about people forgetting magic and becoming unskilled and lethargic. Ged decides to take Arren with him on a quest to restore the balance. He seems to let fate guide them, with Arren helping. They travel to a couple of western and southern lands whose people have lost all purpose, are apathetic, no more magic or happiness is seen.

Crops fail, orchards are untended, the dyers can't see the colours and the chanters forget the songs. Even the dragons are becoming mere animalistic beasts, losing speech and nobility. Ged and Arren must travel into the land of the dead. We learn that Arren is called Lebannen, and his true name keeps him safe with Ged. I love Ged's ability to know true names! It's a mage thing. They must defeat a man who believes himself immortal and appears in illusions.

In doing so, Ged loses all his magic, spends it out, and Lebannen brings him home. Ged makes Lebannen the King of Havnor, and the people hope for peace at last. At the end of the book, no-one knows where Sparrowhawk went, whether he went west to the dragons or retired in the forests of Gont.

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It really made me look forward to book 4! She has had a family, now is widowed, and her children have left home. She calls her Therru, flame in her native language.

She is blind in one eye and has a claw for one hand because of the burning. Tenar wants her to have the best life she can. This book is very pastoral, concerned with Tenar's neighbours and friends, and some village witches. There are simple pleasures like goats and sheep, growing onions, a peach tree, farming the land. Tenar was the wizard Ogion's pupil for a little while when Ged brought her to Gont, but not for long.

In any case she goes to him when he is dying, and respectfully looks after his home, trying to teach Therru about life and the great stories and songs. There is always a worry in Tenar about who will have Ogion's magic books There is an occasional reference to Therru's skin being scorching hot. Therru also very much likes the story of dragon-people who split into dragons and people. This book focuses a lot on "the woman question". What are women good for? Should men do women's jobs like cooking and cleaning?

Would a woman ever have the same rank or power as a man? Tenar is surrounded by kind women, and the bad people she meets are all men. There is also a theme of fear, of the future, of men, women's vulnerability, wizards, and even the king's men. Ged is dropped on Gont, in his weakened state, by a dragon named Kalessin. He spends a lot of time with Tenar, recovering from his ordeal in the land of death, and the fact that he has no more magic.

It is inevitable that Tenar falls in love with Ged The ending of the fourth book is left as a cliffhanger of sorts, like all of the books: The ending of Tehanu is pleasant enough. However now I have found out that there are several short stories about this world, and even a fifth book, called 'The Other Wind', which references a line from the story about the dragon-people Therru liked so much.

In fact, at the end of 'Tehanu', it is Therru who saves everyone with the help of the great dragon Kalessin. Overall, as a quartet, I enjoyed these books immensely. While I couldn't say I was gripped the whole way through, I was most of the time.

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It was fantastic and thought-provoking. It touched on important societal and magical issues.

I can't wait to find another of Ursula Le Guin's books based in this world! They are myths and I was asking them to be novels. But embracing the rhythm and elevation of style, you can read them like scripture, texts to return to, structures to meditate on. And they are ideal for Christmas, for solstice, Sunreturn, for the darkest time of the year.

I came late to them but expect to be back often, rereading year on year. Also, I had no idea that Earthsea was such an important source for Terry Pratchett, and that discovery lent a kind of delightfully dissonant hilarity to the whole enterprise.

My only serious complaints are about the final, belated volume. Her line on disability and trauma is clearer and more successful, except that there is Heather, incomprehensibly standing by as a recurring joke about intellectual disability. There was so much potential in this novel, and its flaws just gut it. But when a great writer of myths sets out to write a realist domestic novel terrible things are bound to happen.

Not impossible to throw them over our shoulder and enjoy the bits about dragons, and stories, and learning, and goats. But someone should rewrite this from the point of view of Heather and Aunty Moss! View 2 comments. Oct 10, Fi Michell rated it it was amazing. I'm giving this five stars because when I was about eleven, it changed my reading life forever. I had never been so captivated nor so terrified by a single story. For some time, I could not walk inside our house at night alone without imagining Ged's shadow reaching out behind me.

It was the first real fantasy book I'd ever read, with the exception of fairy tales. It did for me what Harry Potter must have done for many children some decades later. Afterwards, I went through every fantasy and sci I'm giving this five stars because when I was about eleven, it changed my reading life forever. Afterwards, I went through every fantasy and science fiction book I could lay my hands on in my local library. Rereading the book as an adult was not frightening like that first time, and I knew everything that would happen, but there was still much to enjoy.

This book is a must-read for anyone who loves the fantasy genre, though there is much more available now, and adults may prefer more recently written books aimed at adults. But when my own kids are ready, I can't wait to share my copy with them. At the same time, because their exposure to fantasy through television and movies, let alone books, is much greater than my own was at the time, the experience for them will be different.

Nov 09, Bon Tom rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Epic fantasy, comparable in its ambition, scope, quality and whichever other criteria you want, to unbeatable LOTR. What I like about this one is the time span, e. You follow this wizard from his childhood to old age through whole width and length of, well, Earthsea of course.

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Great book and true classic. Not one of the run-of-the-mills that spawn in huge quantities these days in fantasy genre. Long t Epic fantasy, comparable in its ambition, scope, quality and whichever other criteria you want, to unbeatable LOTR.

Long time no read though. From the first reading, I got to, let's say the "Book 3" of my own lifecycle so I guess I'll have to read it again these days to check if anything changed in perspective. I don't doubt it's still good reading though. Maybe even better.

Probably better, come to think of it. First reading through, I could only have guessed what it means to grow old mature? Now, Book 3: For better or worse. Hard to give a definitive rating because each book of Earthsea felt totally independent and very separate from the others, despite sharing characters.

Definitely one I'll come back to again. There is always something special about reading a large chunk of a series in one go. It allows a different level of immersion, of flow. Of understanding, perhaps. One of the things I love most about Earthsea: This book is about earth, and contentment, and the mountains.

We follow a far-flung terrain as well as the heroes, from unknowing to knowing, from starting out to fulfilling their destinies, as time and experiences build them, or destroy them, we want them to survive. This time the young side-kick is a prince who's destiny isn't to be a mage, but a King. Touchingly he works this out for himself with Sparrowhawk the Archmage reinforcing the positives of his future, but first the Quest.

The Archmage here hunts a nemesis that's sucking the life and light out of the world and its people in a bid to be immortal. Interestingly the book suggests a connection between the magical arts and artful production. Thinking about it gets you believing in your powers again. Ursula Le Guin started out in the s I think and didn't stop. Just glad I found her in time to plunge my thirsty imagination into her sparkling pools. I'll follow her anywhere. One person found this helpful.

Wow - what a fantastic legend. The tale of dragons and goods triumph over evil was never told better. I love the mystical qualities of Le Guin's writing. The books always manage to mix past and present tense so well as to be smoothly told but somehow elusive. Somehow never read these. A mistake. They are zen. Yet with a deep underlying love of life. I enjoyed very much this book, as I have with the other two. She was extremely imaginative. No need to add more to the review. Unknown Binding.

Amazon's review system is hopelessly borked up when it comes to the Earthsea books -- it is impossible to write reviews for both "Tombs of Atuan" and "The Farthest Shore," as both books are considered the same item and any reviews left on one will show up on the other. And sadly, sending help e-mails to Amazon didn't help, as they either can't or won't fix the issue.

So I'll be leaving my review of "The Farthest Shore," the third volume in the Earthsea series, on this old paperback printing of the novel.

Hopefully people will still see it Anyhow, rant aside -- "The Farthest Shore" is a fantastic read, and a fitting conclusion to the trilogy that is the first three books of the Earthsea series though LeGuin would go on to write a few more books in the series Years have passed since the events of "The Tombs of Atuan," and in that time the wizard Ged, called Sparrowhawk, has become Archmage and the head of the wizards' school on Roke.

It is a terrible time for the islands of Earthsea, though, and multiple messengers -- including Arren, a young prince with a hidden destiny -- come to Roke with the same terrible message As Ged and Arren set off on a quest to determine what has gone wrong in the world, they find that the world is in worse straits than they feared. Not only are wizards losing their power, but songs have lost their meaning, dragons are losing their power of speech, and even the common folk can no longer find any interest in maintaining their farms or craft-work.

Prince and wizard will have to go to the very edges of Earthsea -- and to the land of death itself -- to track down the being who has upset the balance of the world, and is toying with the very powers of life and death to the detriment of the entire world LeGuin's writing style is spare and crisp, especially compared to other fantasy authors who seem to delight in writing page after page of lavish description and worldbuilding.

In contrast, LeGuin lets the world take shape as the story progresses, and gives enough description to paint a picture while letting the reader fill in the gaps themselves. And her characters feel like real people -- flawed, but not to the degree of the "gritty" antiheroes that seem to be popular in fiction right now. These are people with believable flaws and believable strengths, but are still likable and relatable despite the fantastic world they inhabit. More than this, however, is the powerful message that underlies the story, a message that is clear without beating the reader over the head with it.

LeGuin has something very meaningful to say about life, death, and balance in this work, and gives the story a resonance beyond being a simple fantasy story. And while the ending has a note of the bittersweet to it, it's nonetheless satisfying. A fantastic conclusion to one of the best fantasy trilogies of all time, "The Farthest Shore" deserves to be a fantasy classic just as much as more well-known works like "Lord of the Rings," "Chronicles of Narnia," and the "Thomas Covenant" books.

Fantasy fans of all ages owe it to themselves to check out this trilogy for themselves. Though now I wonder if I dare continue reading the rest of the books, as I hear "Tehanu," the next in the series, is a step down in quality. We shall see See all 6 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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