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Tales from Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle Series Book 5) by [Ursula K. Le Guin]
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In this stellar collection, which includes a number of original stories, Le Guin (The Telling; Four Ways to Forgiveness; etc.) makes a triumphant return to the magic-drenched world of Earthsea. The opening novella, The Finder, set some 300 years before the birth of Ged, the hero of A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), details both the origin of the school for wizards on Roke Island and the long-suppressed role that women and women's magic played in the founding of that institution. "The Bones of the Earth" describes Ogion, Ged's first great teacher, when he was a young man, centering on that wizard's loving relationship with his own mentor. "Darkrose and Diamond" is also a love story of sorts, about a young man who'd rather be a musician than a mage and the witch girl he loves. "On the High Marsh," the only story in which Ged himself appears, albeit in a secondary role, is a touching tale of madness and redemption. Finally, in the novella Dragonfly, a tale set immediately after the events related in her Nebula Award-winning novel Tehanu (1990), Le Guin tells the story of a young girl who chooses to defy the ban on female mages, tries to enroll in the school on Roke Island and, in doing so, initiates great changes to the world of Earthsea. In her seventies, Le Guin is still at the height of her powers, a superb stylist with a knack for creating characters who are both wise and deeply humane. The publication of this collection is a major event in fantasy literature. (May) FYI: In addition to five Hugo and five Nebula awards, Le Guin has won the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


“A writer of depth who recognizes that not all fantasy venues are created equal…Le Guin’s combination of opaque simplicity and transparent complexity, the quotidian and the miraculous, as well as her sharp and subtle characterizations, make for stories that stand shoulder to shoulder with ancient archetypal fairy tales and fables.” The Washington Post Book World

“In the canon of great adult fantasy literature, right next to Tolkien…If you’ve had enough of Harry Potter-style kid-wizardry, Le Guin offers a powerful tonic. These tales are intense, moving, engaging and best of all, character-driven: Le Guin knows people, wizards or not.” The Boulder Daily Camera

Tales from Earthsea…has poetry and true magic. Furthermore, it has a great writer’s love of an imaginary land that once existed only in her mind and now exists as a treasure in the real world for all lovers of fantasy, today and tomorrow and forever.” The Orlando Sentinel

“Earthsea’s magic serves as a metaphor for the writer’s own sorcery…there is no hint of by-the-numbers allegory here. This book should appeal to two entirely different sets of readers. Those familiar with the earlier Earthsea books will rejoice in the way Le Guin fills in some of the chronological blanks. Readers coming upon Earthsea for the first time will find stories about strong characters facing decisions that, while they arise from purely personal conflicts, always have the potential to affect the fate of the world…Memorable.” The New York Times Book Review

“Takes readers back into the past of the author’s imaginary universe to relate the founding of a school of magic…and the story of a young wizard who became a legend…This volume not only stands alone but also serves as an introduction to new readers. Strong work from a master storyteller; highly recommended.” Library Journal

“Long before Harry Potter ever set foot in Hogwarts…there was a school for wizards in a place called Earthsea. The invention of grande dame of letters Ursula K. Le Guin, Earthsea is a realm that has been compared to Tolkien’s Middle Earth and C.S. Lewis’s Narnia, a place of high fantasy that generated a series of award-winning, enduring bestsellers…all beloved by a wide audience of adults as well as younger readers.” Publishers Weekly

“Le Guin is a marvelously astute observer of human nature, and these tales derive their wonder not so much from magic as the strength and dignity of people…she conveys powerful emotions and landscapesboth lovely and despoiledwith simple, evocative language; sometimes her words are breathtakingly apt and beautiful.” The Boulder Daily Camera

“A treasure…at the top of any list of fantasy to be cherished.” Andre Norton

“It has been years since the last Earthsea book, but LeGuin hasn’t lost her touch. She draws us into the magical land and its inhabitants’ doings immediately. Earthsea mavens must rejoice, and relative newcomers will profit from the Earthsea history and two maps that round out the book.” Booklist

“Le Guin seduces deliciously; draws you in with the sure, calm hand of a master to wander her magical archipelago of Earthsea.” Nalo Hopkinson, author of Brown Girl in the Ring

“It held my attention so firmly that I read it straight through from beginning to end in one sitting. Nobody writing in English today has Le Guin’s mastery of the extended fable and extended parable.” Suzette Haden Elgen, author of The Ozark Trilogy

“Such welcome lucidity. Such a seasoned approach to power and life’s traumas…fully matured.” Faren Miller, Locus

“One of the most fully realized fantasy settings in the genre, and one of the most popular…[Tales from Earthsea is] witty, thoughtful, and will make you believe that magic could really work.” Science Fiction Chronicle

“Le Guin’s Earthsea is one of a handful of genuinely iconic settings in modern fantasy. [Tales from Earthsea] represents her own discovery that Earthsea has changed in unexpected ways since she last visited it, and that it still holds a few secrets…compelling…elegantly structured.” Gary K. Wolfe, Locus

“Enchants from start to finish.” Nina Kiriki Hoffman, author of The Thread That Binds the Bones
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Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003ZX86BO
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Clarion Books; Reissue edition (May 4, 2001)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 4, 2001
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 12896 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 417 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous read for all lovers of Earthsea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful addition to an enchanting literary universe
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great series and a classic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 6, 2018
Good to get the whole series in Kindle format.
However, the missing star is due to the fact that the map at the beginning of each volume are VERY POORLY reproduced.
Their low definition makes it virtually impossible to decipher the names of the islands.
In addition, the missing middle map section deletes some of the islands, or parts of them, which makes it all but unusable.
A reader who doesn't have a hard copy to refer to, or who wouldn't make the effort to download a high quality map from the author's website, would be hard put to follow the travel of the protagonists.
The map sections should be resampled as a matter of urgency, as they are essential to the understanding of the story.
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