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En el Otro Viento (Earthsea Cycle #6)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  9,837 ratings  ·  405 reviews
The greatest fantasies of the 20th century are J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle. Regrettably, the Earthsea Cycle has not received the fame and sales of Tolkien's trilogy. Fortunately, new Earthsea books have appeared in the 21st century, and they are as powerful, beautiful, and imaginative as the first four novels. The fifth novel a ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published June 28th 2004 by Minotauro (first published 2001)
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Mar 03, 2012 Robert rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
May 09, 2007 Shane rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: fantasy, readin2007, 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
Alex Paskulin
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
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
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.)

Ananya Rubayat
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
Tamora Pierce
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
Cyndy Aleo
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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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Cheri Portman
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
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
Sara Farinha
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
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
Nimue Brown
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.

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
I love the world of Earthsea and fully appreciate the imagination behind its creation. This installment introduces some of the mythology of this world and expands on the various belief systems of the peoples of Earthsea (Archipelagans, Kargs, dragons...). It also explains how the various cultures feel about each other and why. This book (and Tehanu before it) read almost like mystery novels, and part of me wishes Le Guin could have developed her plot more along those lines. As it stands, this no ...more
J. Trott
Upon reading this sixth in the Earthsea cycle, I realized that I have committed a librophile's sin and gone out of order in a series I love. I will read the others though. In this story, the origins of the afterlife, and its seeming unhinging are investigated by a common wizard with dreams of the afterworld, who gets the help of the King, a hot Princess, and many Mages, not to mention a dragon or two, as he seeks interpretation. Ged, the old Archmage, makes an appearance as a simple old man.

All I can say is that I'm happy I'm done with this series.

When reading Le Guin I'm always assaulted by this dychotomy of feelings. I truly love the story, the Universe she created and most of her characters... but I just hate the pacing and the story-telling in general. The end result is I want to read what comes next, but I'm dreading it the whole time.

I don't think any other author does that to me. There are authors I read as a guilty pleasure or wonder why I read them at all, since the lead c
"A superb novel-length addition to the Earthsea universe, one that, once again, turns that entire series on its head. Alder, the man who unwittingly initiates the transformation of Earthsea, is a humble sorcerer who specializes in fixing broken pots and repairing fence lines, but when his beloved wife, Lily, dies, he is inconsolable. He begins to dream of the land of the dead and sees both Lily and other shades reahing out to him across the low stone wall that sepoarates them from the land of th ...more
A moderately pleasant book. A quick read, and certainly interesting. However, I found most of the joy in it from trying to remember the other EarthSea novels I've read. It seems like she's kind of tacking another adventure on the end of an already well-explored world, so I was surprised when this novel had such a large effect on EarthSea. The funny thing was that, despite having a number of important happenings, it felt to me like a novel that was written primarily to catch you up with some of y ...more
The last Earthsea book which moves out from the isolated sphere of the island of Gont that was the scene for Tehanu into the wider world. Unfortunately Ged the ex-archmage has only a small part to play in the book and Tenar, Tehanu and King Lebannen are the main characters.

This book finally challenges the status quo of the wizards of Roke, over women, dragons and the dead. The book ties up a number of loose ends that you may not have realised were flapping in the previous Earthsea novels, but in
Janine Noble
The strange and beautiful fifth book in the Wizard of Earthsea series.

Just a simple ‘mender’ sorcerer, Alder is travelling through the Earthsea archipelago in search of someone who can help him understand and break free from the disturbing dreams of ‘the land of the dead’ that are haunting his sleep.

Through Alder we meet a range of interesting characters (most of whom have been introduced in previous books in the series). Sparrowhawk, who used to be Archmage but has lost his power; Lebannen, the
For the most part, I greatly enjoyed the final installment to the Earthsea Cycle.

As I have remarked in past reviews, I love Ged - so I was glad to see him reappear for a while longer in this book in his old age in his house next to the cliff harvesting plums and herding goats.

The premise is beautiful as always, regarding freedom and choice as a yoke and decision we humans make. It delves into philosophies of death and immortality and the longings of the human heart.

However, there were a few ma
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There needs to be another Earthsea book... 6 55 May 11, 2012 07:06AM  
  • Galveston (Resurrection Man, #3)
  • Watchtower (Chronicles of Tornor, #1)
  • Ombria in Shadow
  • Only Begotten Daughter
  • Godmother Night
  • Soldier of Sidon
  • Physiognomy
  • Thraxas (Thraxas, #1-2)
  • Glimpses
  • The Facts of Life
  • Mission Child
  • The Moon of Gomrath (Tales of Alderley, #2)
  • Declare
  • The Dragon Waiting
  • The Quantum Rose (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #6)
  • Tooth and Claw
  • Eternity's End (Star Rigger, #6)
As of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. Forthcoming ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Earthsea Cycle (6 books)
  • A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
  • The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2)
  • The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle, #3)
  • Tehanu (Earthsea Cycle, #4)
  • Tales from Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #5)
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1) The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2) The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle, #3) The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4) The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle, #5)

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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.” 100 likes
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