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The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Mar 30, 11

bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, favorites
Read in March, 2011

Wow. Tombs of Atuan turned out to be a great second installment! So many series struggle with the issue of building on to what they already have and still being a convincing world. This book does a great job of continuing the story of Ged even though he doesn't even come into the picture until halfway into the book.

The main character, Arha, I thought was an intriguing character to watch change throughout the book. The holy ground where she was practically raised is actually terrifying. They took her from her parents at the age of 5 because she was determined to be the One Priestess's reincarnation. In this world, that is completely plausible. They take away her child name and give her the name Arha "the devoured one", and after than she is practically a slave to these dark powers. She starts of cold and sadistic thanks to being around priestesses like Kossil, who is just vile. Kossil becomes an incredibly unlikable antagonist and in the end gets what she deserves.

I couldn't put it down!

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