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The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Feb 17, 11

bookshelves: a-rated, a-owned, fiction-fantasy
Read in February, 2011

The best of the first three Earthsea novels, The Farthest Shore combines a deep (and, finally, satisfying) mystery with Le Guin's phenomenal character development. While A Wizard of Earthsea has a fairly interesting mystery and great world-building, it is somewhat lacking in strong character development (though it has some deeply compelling moments). Tombs of Atuan is stronger with character development, but lacks the mystery (and the satisfying conclusion). The Farthest Shore manages to develop both Archmage Sparrowhawk and the future king quite thoroughly, and their interactions provide some very satisfying moments. Finally, there is a sense in which it ties together all the bits and pieces of the first two novels that makes (made?) it a satisfying conclusion to the original trilogy.
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