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Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Nov 14, 09

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This book forces you to look back at Ursula K. LeGuin's previous Earthsea novels. In those she presents a male-dominated world from the perspective of a smart and ambitious man. In that world magic was a man's craft even though some women had magical abilities (weak as woman's magic, wicked as woman's magic). In this work Tenar (just about the only woman of any significance in the original trilogy) reflects back on her path from being priestess of the dark powers to presenting the ring with the lost rune of peace to the wizard community to marrying and raising a family as a traditional country housewife. Reflection is only a small part of the novel, however. Tenar has more important concerns, including raising an abandoned, abused, and disfigured girl-child, helping Ged recover from the ordeal that finished up The Farthest Shore, and navigating a lawless world in which to be a woman with a mind of her own is a dangerous thing. Best of all we learn something new about the dragons of Earthsea.
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