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The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Jun 20, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: sf-and-fantasy
Read in June, 2008

I find it strange that this has ever been considered to be a children's book. It has a toughness, and austerity and some genuine darkness (as opposed to the superficial Harry Potter style "darkness") to it. The stories themselves are fairly straightforward, but LeGuin fills them with atmosphere (especially the stifling claustrophobia of Tombs of Atuan) and subtly weaves in elements of eastern philosophy. Despite the small scale of some of the action, it acheives a real sense of grandeur and weight.

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