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The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Jun 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read in June, 2012

This is a continuation of the Earthsea series, but a very different type of story. It focuses on a young girl caught up in as the central figure in an evil religious hierarchy. Her struggle to retain her own decency and identity in the face of this evil (both human and demonic) is the main theme of the story. Sparrowhawk appears to recover a valuable atrifact. The two of them work together to keep the evil a bay and help the girl (Tenar) escape so she can lead a decent life. The moment when Ged tells Arha (Tenar) her real name is very moving, as is the account of their finally deciding to work together to escape the evil and give Tenar a chance at a decent life.

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