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Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Mar 17, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, fantasy, series, women, girls, mothers-and-daughters
Read in January, 2009

I enjoyed this book very much, and that's saying something considering how much I liked the 3 in the series before it.

This book is set many years after "The Tombs of Atuan". Tenar has retired to Gont, married a farmer, and raised a family. Her husband has died, her daughter has married and moved away, and her son has shipped out as a sailor. She encounters a terribly burned young girl, the victim of a brutal attack, and takes her in as her foster daughter. She also reconnects with Ged, who was Archmage of Roke until his trip through the Dry Lands took away his magic. Now, as a middle-aged man, he and Tenar connect as ordinary people, not the priestess and mage they once were.

This is a touching story, and the characters seemed more real and alive than they did in previous books. This is the opposite of those book series in which the later books lose the focus or excitement of the earlier ones.

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