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The Other Wind (Earthsea Cycle #6)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,604 Ratings  ·  494 Reviews
The sorcerer Alder fears sleep. He dreams of the land of death, of his wife who died young and longs to return to him so much that she kissed him across the low stone wall that separates our world from the Dry Land-where the grass is withered, the stars never move, and lovers pass without knowing each other. The dead are pulling Alder to them at night. Through him they may ...more
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Published September 13th 2001 by Hmh Books for Young Readers (first published 2001)
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Robert
Mar 03, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone! Read these books!
How many months overdue is this review? Since sometime late last year, anyway...I was still in Belgium...that was two countries ago!

This will almost certainly be the last novel about Earthsea that we shall see from Ursula LeGuin and it is a much more fitting end than Tehanu because it feels triumphant rather than negative. In similar vein to the Tales from Earthsea, ancient crimes and cover-ups that have had profound effects on the Archipelago's peoples are revealed. Matters are also set to righ
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Anne
Mar 10, 2009 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The short version:
Plot schmot, do you really think it’s accidental that The Other Wind is more contemplative than adventuresome? Ursula Le Guin is a very deliberate writer.

The long version:
Reading the Earthsea cycle in order will do more for you than simply get you up to speed on who’s who and what went before: so don’t start with this, the final book to date, if you want to really appreciate what Le Guin is doing. She created Earthsea in 1964, introduced Ged in 1968, and finally ended the seri
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Shane
May 09, 2007 Shane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: readin2007, fantasy, audio
Let me preface this with my Earthsea background. I read the first 3 books when I was young and loved them. Then did them again on audio a couple years ago and enjoyed the 1st and 3rd books but thought the 2nd one was slow. Then I read -Techanu- and thought it was more like an interlude with a plot added in at the end for good measure. -Stories of Earthsea- was barely passable and now this -The Other Wind- left me with a final bad taste for a series I loved for a long time.

It was nice to hang out
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Nikki
Jul 14, 2016 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Other Wind ends the Earthsea Cycle by resolving an issue which, for attentive readers, has been present since the very first book. Despite all the joys of wizardry and the great things the wizards can do, the world of death looms from the very first, and it doesn’t sound like a great place. In the second book, Tenar’s background reveals that her people believe their souls are reborn, but that wizards’ souls are not. In the third book, we see the world of death: a dead, dry, empty place, surr ...more
Alex Paskulin
Apr 30, 2012 Alex Paskulin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Ursula K. Le Guin book was The Left Hand of Darkness: a cold strangeness of passive powers and mutating gender. After that, I was somewhat lost in this exceptional author's catalog and reluctant to read such a traditional fantasy as A Wizard of Earthsea. But eventually, starved for female authorship and coming off Frank Herbert's high science fiction epic Dune, I discovered a copy of the first entry of the Earthsea Cycle and picked it up.

Reading the books of Earthsea is like opening a
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Jacob
The Other Wind Tehanu The Tombs of Atuan > Tales from Earthsea > ... > A Wizard of Earthsea > The Farthest Shore.

(The Other Wind is greater than or equal to Tehanu, which is greater than or equal to The Tombs of Atuan, which is greater than Tales from Earthsea, which is several orders of magnitude greater than A Wizard of Earthsea, which is greater than The Farthest Shore.)

THAT IS ALL.
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Laila
Mar 01, 2016 Laila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Ged, Tenar ve Tehanu...

Gulumseyerek biten seri, ejderhalar ve kadim zamanlar. Oyle guzeldi ki...

Okumadan ölmeyin!
Melody
Dec 17, 2015 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, my word, the second three are different books from a crone's viewpoint. Of course, UKL's words are glorious no matter where or when one comes to them, but oh, how these words burn. Meditations on life and death, on women and men, on dragonkind and humankind, on mage and commoner. Masterfully done. And of course, this:


“I think," Tehanu said in her soft, strange voice, "that when I die, I can breathe back the breath that made me live. I can give back to the world all that I didn't do. All that
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Tamora Pierce
Feb 11, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Is it me, or is the only way someone can be a good guy in this book (maybe in all of her work--I'm not a fan) by giving up something that's vital to themselves and the people around them? Not just a few, but everyone has to do this? That in the end she'd strip all her mages on their power if she could find a way to do it, or leave them nasty, mingey, sour people tightly clutching their skills to their chests and only reluctantly doling out bits of their knowledge to others because it's expected ...more
Davis
Aug 13, 2012 Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing ending to the Earthsea series. The final book ties together many of the threads from earlier books that have been left hanging. The tone of the whole series has evolved over each book, and this last entry more mature in writing style. While many characters that were old favorites come back for this final chapter, it never feels like Le Guin is shoehorning them in just to say hello. Everything in the book is included for a reason, and never feels contrived. The book addresses and solve ...more
Artnoose Noose
Having blown through the previous five books, I admit I was already a little ready to be done with Earthsea. I also expect this to be the final Earthsea book. Perhaps I had expectations for things to tie up neatly.

I enjoyed many aspects of this book, especially the deep relationship between Ged and Tenar, in contrast to the growing relationship between the king and the princess, one that we can see coming from a mile off but apparently the king cannot.

I had more disappointments with this book th
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Ananya Rubayat
Apr 04, 2014 Ananya Rubayat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not necessarily a review of only this book but rather of the whole series. For me what set Earthsea apart was the fact that the books managed to be captivating without any of the typical storylines that drive high fantasies, i.e Good versus Evil, fairytale romances, a super duper bad guy.In the afterwords of her first book the author clearly said that she found that defining right or wrong seems very limiting to her - and that has echoed throughout all the books. Almost all the books are ...more
Brian
Jun 29, 2011 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I almost immediately had misgivings about this book. The beginning of the book recovers a lot of old ground and the plot initially lacks any clear direction. Why did she write this book? The preceding book, Tales from Earthsea, has a little blurb on the cover or introduction where Le Guin says that her publisher suggests a new Earthsea book. That, and little else, seems to be the impetus for Earthsea books #5 and #6. She has no new stories to tell, just fleshing out some of the mythologies.

I rea
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Rjurik Davidson
Le Guin's greatness goes without saying, but like all writers she has her flat spots, and I'm afraid, for me, this is one of them. In this book, she returns to her classic world of Earthsea - equal with Tolkien when it comes to 'high fantasy' - to tell the tale of dragons and humans. Here the contradictions of high fantasy return to haunt Le Guin, and the strains of the inherently conservative mode are evident in the narrative itself. Le Guin wants to tell a story of 'brave' and 'noble' people, ...more
Cyndy Aleo
May 20, 2011 Cyndy Aleo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
After my [ex-]husband got me into the Earthsea Cycle novels by Ursula LeGuin, I was quick to order the three books added after he'd read the books. I delayed reading The Other Wind after I lost the fourth book in the series, Tehanu, but finally gave in to the lure of finding out what had happened to the characters I'd grown to enjoy, but it made no sense. Once I finally found Tehanu, I reread The Other Wind and everything suddenly made sense.

::: Dragon Time :::

When The Other Wind begins, Ged/Spa
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Nimue Brown
Nov 22, 2013 Nimue Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read the other Earthsea books, don't start here. It may make sense as a standalone but will be much the poorer as a read if you aren't rooted in the characters and the world already. This is a rich, complex setting, and much of the joy in this tale revolves around the re-imagining of that which perhaps you thought you already knew about this land. If you don't have a sense of Earthsea already, much of the plot will bear less significance, be less interesting and make less sense.

We
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Nikki
Jul 17, 2009 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Other Wind is a beautiful book. I don't think I liked it all that much the first time I read it, but now I see exactly how it fits. It's less incongruous than Tehanu, for me, but follows on neatly enough -- and it does use all the ideas and feelings that are brought up in Tehanu. Set a long time after it, it makes most sense if you've read Dragonfly, from Tales from Earthsea, before you read it. The first time I tried to read it, I don't think I had, and I had no idea who Orm Irian was or wh ...more
M.J. Johnson
Mar 07, 2015 M.J. Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. I wasn't quite as enamoured by 'Tehanu' as I was with the first three books. However, I think this story is a very worthy addition to the Earthsea series. I know that 'Tales from Earthsea' is actually the fifth book and this is the sixth, but from what I've heard it doesn't make much difference. It was good to meet all Le Guin's wonderful characters again. I shall certainly be looking forward to reading the short stories very soon! I believe one story in the collection is a bridge bet ...more
Tracy
Dec 19, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: escapism, fiction, rereads
"I think," Tehanu said in her soft, strange voice, "that when I die, I can breathe back the breath that made me live. I can give back to the world all that I didn't do. All that I might have been and couldn't be. All the choices I didn't make. All the things I lost and spent and wasted. I can give them back to the world. To the lives that haven't been lived yet. That will be my gift back to the world that gave me the life I did live, the love I loved, the breath I breathed."

I copied this down in
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Marissa
Jun 04, 2016 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In A Wizard of Earthsea, Ged kicks off the entire plot of the book by doing something really dumb and summoning the spirit of the most beautiful woman to have ever lived. When he does that, he also unleashes a darkness he has to name and confront (but you need to read AWoE for the whole story on that).

But maybe it niggled at Le Guin's mind -- why was this random (powerful, yes, but random!) student of magic able to call forth Elfarran's spirit? Why was her spirit hanging around hundreds of years
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Alexander
May 06, 2015 Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cheri
Jun 05, 2015 Cheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ah, to bid farewell to my little journey through Earthsea.

I liked these novels. I liked them a lot. The Other Wind is a fitting final punctuation to these tales. What's it about? It's about them all. It's about Ged and Tenar, it's about Tehanu. It's about dragons and separation, about life and death - and what happens when we shatter oaths, and try to bend the natural order of things. It's about love, of parenting, of rulership and bonding.

It's about people.

Something about this series touches
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William Middleton
Jul 20, 2016 William Middleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am on page 84 and have high expectations for this supposedly final book in the series.
Awards are: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2002), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Adult Literature (2002)
Casey
Apr 27, 2014 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons, 2000s
The Other Wind explores the dragons and the people of Earthsea, and their relationship between each other. A great change is imminent in the world, but no one is sure what is happening. The balance of powers is not right. There isn't one individual making problems, like Ged had found in the past.

A sorcerer, Alder, keeps having dreams of visiting the barrier of the dead, convinced that he can communicate with his wife. He visits Ged, and the the wizards of Roke, to understand the meaning of the
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Óli Sóleyjarson
Jamm, ég sé ekkert eftir að hafa lesið þessar bækur. Endilega kíkið á þær.
Whitney
In the final instalment of the Earthsea Cycle, the reader is joined by Alder, a mender who is mysteriously drawn to the wall between life and death each night in his dreams. He comes to fear sleep itself and requests the aid of our favorite ex-Archmage. Somehow he is one of the keys to saving Earthsea, along with a burned woman, a “wizard of forbidden lore”, and a dragon who can take the form of a woman.

Plot

The plots for all the books were interesting, despite my opinion of their execution. How
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Soorya
Dec 21, 2015 Soorya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Well, what can I say? I may well have found my new favorite author.

The Other Wind continues the perspective shift of Tehanu and weaves together its nascent ideas. The way Le Guin structured this book just sang to me - the amount of time she spends on the "unimportant" little things was just endearing. It probably looks weird from a plot perspective, but it was very deliberately crafted. Le Guin's balance between the intimate and the epic was delightful.

Along the way, she also wrapped up plot thr
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Sara Farinha
Nov 04, 2011 Sara Farinha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Escrever sobre a vida e a morte na sua essência é uma das histórias mais difíceis de contar. Podemos contar a vida de alguém, relatar os actos que levaram alguém à morte, divagar sobre o seu significado metafísico, mas relacionar viver e morrer na sua plenitude é uma tarefa árdua.

E se compreendemos a dificuldade de contar uma história cuja temática é esta verdade universal em que ‘toda a vida tem uma morte’, então apreciar a obra “Num Vento Diferente” de Ursula K. Le Guin é fácil.

Sei que este li
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Aaron
Apr 23, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young_adult
I liked this book, but it feels like it was missing something (probably not enough Ged). It's a necessary book; it really does feel like it wraps up the central arc of the other four books. I always felt that there was something wrong in Earthsea, and this addresses it.

I feel like the new characters in the story are not nearly as developed as in previous tales. In fact, I read this a little out of order; the Tales of Earthsea technically comes before this book. In that book's prologue, the auth
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L.
Sep 14, 2012 L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is set some years after the events in Tehanu, the previous Earthsea book, and is partially an effort to finish a plot line started in that book. In The Other Wind, several events are threatening the foundations of Earthsea. The barriers between the living and the dead are in danger of breaking down. The implicit truce between humans and dragons has frayed and dragons threaten the human occupied islands. The political structure of Earthsea is in flux with the consolidation of the reign ...more
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Earthsea Cycle (6 books)
  • A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
  • The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2)
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“I think," Tehanu said in her soft, strange voice, "that when I die, I can breathe back the breath that made me live. I can give back to the world all that I didn't do. All that I might have been and couldn't be. All the choices I didn't make. All the things I lost and spent and wasted. I can give them back to the world. To the lives that haven't been lived yet. That will be my gift back to the world that gave me the life I did live, the love I loved, the breath I breathed.” 114 likes
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