Young Gav can remember the page of a book after seeing it once, and, inexplicably, he sometimes remembers” things that are going to happen in the future. As a loyal slave, he must keep these powers secret, but when a terrible tragedy occurs, Gav, blinded by grief, flees the only world he has ever known. And in what becomes a treacherous journey for freedom, Gav’s greatest...more
Powers is the third and, in my opinion, the best of the Annals of the Western Shore novels. In this book, we meet Gavir, a slave in the City State of Etra. Gavir was born in the marshes but was stolen, along with his sister, by slavers and brought to Etra. He has the power to clearly remember things he has seen before and even some events that have not yet happened to him. This power is not uncommon in the marshes, but the people of Etra fear powers, so hi ...more
UKL understands slavery, what it does to your mind and how it changes who you are. She's well-acquainted with grief. Sometimes her stories are like pain dipped in honey, they're so sad and beautiful.
Through the various people he lives with ...more
Unlike in Gifts and Voices, where our original narrator Orrec Caspro is still very much a major player, Powers is solely Gavir’s story…a personal reflection written for his ...more
One of Le Guin’s biggest strengths is the convincing, seamless portrayal of societies and cultures outside the norm, and that’s on full display here. It all starts with a slave called Gavir who can sometimes remember events from the future. He’s an educated, happy slave in a ci ...more
I enjoyed this a great deal. As a meditation on various kinds of slavery, it was beautifully done. Sometimes I wanted to thwap Gav for how dense he was about what the women were experiencing, but I'm pretty sure that was intentional; it was easy to see how their greater enslavement was all but invisible to the men.
The book also showcases another thing LeGuin ...more