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The Other Wind

(Earthsea Cycle #6)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  20,804 ratings  ·  1,174 reviews
The greatest fantasies of the 20th century are J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle. Regrettably, the Earthsea Cycle has not received the fame and sales of Tolkien's trilogy. Fortunately, new Earthsea books have appeared in the 21st century, and they are as powerful, beautiful, and imaginative as the first four novels. The fifth novel a ...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by Ace Books (first published 2001)
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Devi Might be late answering, but I would say at least the final story in Tales from Earthsea is essential to the plot of The Other Wind. The other stories…moreMight be late answering, but I would say at least the final story in Tales from Earthsea is essential to the plot of The Other Wind. The other stories are great too of course, but Dragonfly really leads into the next book. (less)
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Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The short version:
Plot schmot, do you really think it’s accidental that The Other Wind is more contemplative than adventuresome? Ursula Le Guin is a very deliberate writer.

The long version:
Reading the Earthsea cycle in order will do more for you than simply get you up to speed on who’s who and what went before: so don’t start with this, the final book to date, if you want to really appreciate what Le Guin is doing. She created Earthsea in 1964, introduced Ged in 1968, and finally ended the ser
Ahmad Sharabiani
The other Wind (The Earthsea Cycle, #6), Ursula K. Le Guin

This novel continues the adventures of the characters from the previous Earthsea Cycle books Lebannen, Tenar, Tehanu, and, to a lesser extent than the other books, Ged.

With the exception of Tehanu, the characters' characters are already fully developed.

Tehanu, now a young woman, is still very shy and emotionally dependent on her adoptive mother, Tenar.

She however agrees, albeit reluctantly, to accompany the king on a mission to meet an
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Other wind: 4.4 stars
Series overall: 5 stars

I seems ages since I started the first Earthsea book and first time I got acquainted with Ursula K Le Guin. Since than I read many more Ursula's book and she become a one of my favourite authors and Earthsea definitively earned place in my hearth. It's started of with Wizard of Earthsea, a book showed me that you don't need great amount of pages to write a great epic fantasy book. It was short, beautifully written coming of age wizard tale.

Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“He grinned a little as he thought it; for he had always liked that pause, that fearful pause, the moment before things changed.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Other Wind


I don't have anything very revolutionary to write about this book. I've now finished both the Hainish Cylce and the Earthsea Cycle and feel like Le Guin floated above hard scifi or fantasy. She was a brilliant storyteller and used genre fiction to explore the caves, the deserts, and the forests of humanity. Her language was decepti
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of those novels that you have to see through to the very end before the total shape becomes clear and casts the entire series in a new light. Unfortunately, the buildup to get there is kinda middling for me.

Don't get me wrong, the dragons are great and the whole introduction of new characters and getting back to the King and to the question of Ged and the role of women in this world is pretty good, but the best part is the return to the dry lands, the realm of the dead.

As before, th
Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone! Read these books!
How many months overdue is this review? Since sometime late last year, anyway...I was still in Belgium...that was two countries ago!

This will almost certainly be the last novel about Earthsea that we shall see from Ursula LeGuin and it is a much more fitting end than Tehanu because it feels triumphant rather than negative. In similar vein to the Tales from Earthsea, ancient crimes and cover-ups that have had profound effects on the Archipelago's peoples are revealed. Matters are also set to righ
Zitong Ren
And now I’ve read all the books in the Earthsea Cycle which is pretty cool. This started as a reread of the first four novels, with me reading books 5 and 6 for the first time this year. I thought that this was solid, but I was not as invested with a lot of these newer characters as I was with Ged and Tenar from the earlier books. Those two characters are still here, but not as prevalent within the story for understandable reasons. I actually found the Kargish princess to probably have been the ...more
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, my word, the second three are different books from a crone's viewpoint. Of course, UKL's words are glorious no matter where or when one comes to them, but oh, how these words burn. Meditations on life and death, on women and men, on dragonkind and humankind, on mage and commoner. Masterfully done. And of course, this:

“I think," Tehanu said in her soft, strange voice, "that when I die, I can breathe back the breath that made me live. I can give back to the world all that I didn't do. All that
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My first Ursula K. Le Guin book was The Left Hand of Darkness: a cold strangeness of passive powers and mutating gender. After that, I was somewhat lost in this exceptional author's catalog and reluctant to read such a traditional fantasy as A Wizard of Earthsea. But eventually, starved for female authorship and coming off Frank Herbert's high science fiction epic Dune, I discovered a copy of the first entry of the Earthsea Cycle and picked it up.

Reading the books of Earthsea is like opening a
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Other Wind ends the Earthsea Cycle by resolving an issue which, for attentive readers, has been present since the very first book. Despite all the joys of wizardry and the great things the wizards can do, the world of death looms from the very first, and it doesn’t sound like a great place. In the second book, Tenar’s background reveals that her people believe their souls are reborn, but that wizards’ souls are not. In the third book, we see the world of death: a dead, dry, empty place, surr ...more
May 09, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: audio, fantasy, readin2007
Let me preface this with my Earthsea background. I read the first 3 books when I was young and loved them. Then did them again on audio a couple years ago and enjoyed the 1st and 3rd books but thought the 2nd one was slow. Then I read -Techanu- and thought it was more like an interlude with a plot added in at the end for good measure. -Stories of Earthsea- was barely passable and now this -The Other Wind- left me with a final bad taste for a series I loved for a long time.

It was nice to hang out
The Other WindTehanuThe Tombs of Atuan > Tales from Earthsea > ... > A Wizard of Earthsea > The Farthest Shore.

(The Other Wind is greater than or equal to Tehanu, which is greater than or equal to The Tombs of Atuan, which is greater than Tales from Earthsea, which is several orders of magnitude greater than A Wizard of Earthsea, which is greater than The Farthest Shore.)

Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An amazing ending to the Earthsea series. The final book ties together many of the threads from earlier books that have been left hanging. The tone of the whole series has evolved over each book, and this last entry more mature in writing style. While many characters that were old favorites come back for this final chapter, it never feels like Le Guin is shoehorning them in just to say hello. Everything in the book is included for a reason, and never feels contrived. The book addresses and solve ...more
Tamora Pierce
Nov 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Is it me, or is the only way someone can be a good guy in this book (maybe in all of her work--I'm not a fan) by giving up something that's vital to themselves and the people around them? Not just a few, but everyone has to do this? That in the end she'd strip all her mages on their power if she could find a way to do it, or leave them nasty, mingey, sour people tightly clutching their skills to their chests and only reluctantly doling out bits of their knowledge to others because it's expected ...more
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Other Wind is a beautiful book. I don't think I liked it all that much the first time I read it, but now I see exactly how it fits. It's less incongruous than Tehanu, for me, but follows on neatly enough -- and it does use all the ideas and feelings that are brought up in Tehanu. Set a long time after it, it makes most sense if you've read Dragonfly, from Tales from Earthsea, before you read it. The first time I tried to read it, I don't think I had, and I had no idea who Orm Irian was or wh ...more
Francesca Calarco
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Concluding Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle, The Other Wind is a solid entry that ties up previous hanging plot lines, reconnects old characters, and further explores the balance of nature in the magical archipelago that is Earthsea.

My favorite characters of this series are easily Tenar, Ged, and Tehanu (with Tehanu being my favorite book of the series). Other characters were introduced that further tied the expanded Earthsea from what was gleaned in Tales from Earthsea though my main criticis
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Other Wind is the sixth and final book in the Earthsea series. I really enjoyed the series, although I thought this last book was the weakest. The story started off very strong, and I especially enjoyed the first 25% or so. After that, while there were still good parts and I was still interested in the premise, I thought the story itself became kind of slow and repetitive.

One thing I enjoyed was that we had the chance to revisit a lot of favorite characters from past books in addition to me
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
This is the conclusion of Ursula LeGuin's six volume Earthsea cycle or, as she puts it, the Earthsea trilogies; because the first three books have a young adult focus, while the last three are adult oriented.

It's a very satisfying conclusion, not only wrapping up the stories of the main characters in the series, but explaining the magical foundation of Earthsea in a logical and consistent way and then expanding it in an entirely new direction. A very skillful piece of storytelling/world building
Vishakha ~ ReadingSpren ~
What Harry Potter did for me as a kid, The Earthsea series has done for me an adult.

I finished this series in a span of almost a year, but somehow it feels like I have spent a lifetime with Ged and Tenar and Lebannen and Tehanu. And even Orm Irian, who appeared in the second-last book. Maybe because the books themselves spanned a lifetime.

The Other Wind was a great conclusion to the series.

Multiple times in the series, Ged has said (and other characters have quoted him) that power lies not in d
J. Wootton
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of
I love Le Guin (see my review of The Beginning Place).

I began reading the Earthsea cycle during undergrad, and only continued as I found each title at a used bookstore, which became much more difficult after the first 3 titles. The Other Wind concludes (continues?) the story extremely well.

Looking forward to reading them all again, back-to-back this time.
Maja Ingrid
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
And that's that. Will at some point read Tales from Earthsea, but I'm not fond of short stories and find it even worse when I listen to them on audiobook (and I listened to all of the other books on audiobook in Swedish, but I own these editions physically).

Also, Earthsea isn't really books your brain can loll through, desperately trying to catch some micro sleep while on the bus to and from work. But I don't know what made the books so easy to sleep to??? Will you all promise not to lynch me i
Artnoose McMoose
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Having blown through the previous five books, I admit I was already a little ready to be done with Earthsea. I also expect this to be the final Earthsea book. Perhaps I had expectations for things to tie up neatly.

I enjoyed many aspects of this book, especially the deep relationship between Ged and Tenar, in contrast to the growing relationship between the king and the princess, one that we can see coming from a mile off but apparently the king cannot.

I had more disappointments with this book th
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Woww.. The story has evolved so much. I thought Le Guin decided to write for younger audience in the first books but later 3 make you think about the society. (Like all her other books do). I won't spoil it but it was an appropriate ending. ...more
First Second Books
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lot of sitting around and talking about stuff in this one. They talked about interesting stuff- just not a physical story as much as the others. Enjoyable & satisfying end to this EXCEPTIONAL series otherwise.

I started reading the Earthsea books last September and I think the thing I've most enjoyed about them (aside from the scope of themes addressed in each book) is that they follow the characters from their childhood into their seventies.

I'll miss Tenar and Ged, but I'm happy I got to know t
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Following the publication of Tales from Earthsea that marked her triumphant return to the world of Earthsea, continuing the stories of the characters who entranced the hearts of children and adults alike and were loved by millions of fans, Ursula Le Guin brings in the World Fantasy Award-winning The Other Wind, the sixth and final book of the Earthsea Cycle, the classic series to its culmination, taking us in a story of kings, princesses, wizards, and dragons; but also of life and death, cho
I read this in a day, while sitting in a tent in the rain, and it was the perfect book for that mood: slow, deliberate, musical. It made me cry.
Ananya Rubayat
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is not necessarily a review of only this book but rather of the whole series. For me what set Earthsea apart was the fact that the books managed to be captivating without any of the typical storylines that drive high fantasies, i.e Good versus Evil, fairytale romances, a super duper bad guy.In the afterwords of her first book the author clearly said that she found that defining right or wrong seems very limiting to her - and that has echoed throughout all the books. Almost all the books are ...more
Where do I go from here? I've finished the last three books of the Earthsea Cycle and just don't know what to do with myself. Big sigh out. There's nothing to say about The Other Wind except that we've come full circle. It's not one person, Ged or Tenar, but everyone that's the hero. It's not a person of great renowned, a king or mage, but an ordinary man that will mend what was whole. How far we've come from A Wizard of Earthsea - a spellbinding classic. Every single volume of the Earthsea Cycl ...more
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ursula K. Le Guin published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. She lived in Portland, Orego ...more

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