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The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Feb 06, 12

bookshelves: favourites, fantasy, audiobook

I just heard the audio-book version of this novel (which I'd read before and greatly enjoyed) and this version elevates it to a great book!The reading was well performed and the story as classic as ever...

Magic is failing all over Earthsea and Prince Arren, heir to the throne, is sent by his father to the Island of Roke to seek council from the Wise--chief amongst whom is the Archmage Ged, known by the use-name of Sparrowhawk (hero of A Wizard of Earthsea). He is now the chief wizard and this novel tells the story of his journey, accompanied by Arren, to search for the cause of what it is that is causing the magic on Earthsea to fail. Yet they do not know who or even what they are seeking!

This is a wonderfully written (and read) novel and is similar in structure to the first in the Earthsea Series: a novel of adventure which follows our two protagonists as they sail ever Westward to the cause of this new evil. Yet, UKL's novels are not full of fighting and action but largely descriptive and the drama is contained in the ideas she explores and in the riveting conversations. Yet there is great subtle invention here also, such as the wonderfully evocative Raft People let alone the most majestic dragons in all fantasy literature and an interesting take on life after death as well as a beautiful philosophy.

This is a very poignant book and it leaves one in the company of Ged long after it is finished. (There are two more novels in the series added decades later plus a books of short stories set on Earthsea which continue the tale of the Wizard of Earthsea.)

Masterful.

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Ursula K. Le Guin
“A man does not make his destiny: he accepts it or denies it.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore


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