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Powers (Annals of the Western Shore #3)

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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

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Published January 1st 2007 by Recorded Books, LLC
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

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
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This one was the longest and best of the three. I really loved it and didn't want it to be over. It follows the story of a slave boy in an important house in a large city. He was stolen from the Marsh People as a baby, and has little or no memory of his home.

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
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In my previous reviews for the preceding two books in this trilogy, I commented that they could read as standalone novels. This last installment to the trilogy is no exception, and in fact this story strays the most. Yet at the book’s end, the overall story arc does come full circle and in a way that is completely satisfying.

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
Aug 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Phenomenal read. I think this is the most powerful and devastating of all the Le Guin I’ve read. She had a lot to say here - at 502 pages Powers is one of the longest novels she’s written*. It won the Nebula Award in 2008.

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
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Batı Sahili Yıllıkları üçlemesinin en güzel kitabı.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dün Batı Sahili Yıllıkları dizisini yeniden okumayı bitirdim. Üç kitaptan oluşan seri birbiri ile teğet geçen hikayelerle örülmüş. Sanırım benim en sevdiğim 2. kitap (SESLER) oldu. Yeteneklerin keşfi, kölelik ve hürriyet tanımları, hayatın amacını, kendi yerini bulmak ile ilgili harika kitaplar... Le Guin sevenlere tavsiye ediyorum.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hmm. The three books of this trilogy aren't that directly related -- I think they can be read alone. I think Voices is probably the best, in that it has a plot as well as the other things that make Le Guin's writing so lovely. I might like this better on a reread, as I did with Gifts, but I think perhaps I found this the weakest -- and I'm not sure why I think so, really. It seems quite slow, and ponderous, and there doesn't seem to be much of a conclusion or climax. The themes of stories and le ...more
Sep 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The one where Gav escapes from what seemed on the surface to be a very gentle sort of slavery, and travels the world searching for a home.

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
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As of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has 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. Forthcoming ...more
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Annals of the Western Shore (3 books)
  • Gifts (Annals of the Western Shore, #1)
  • Voices (Annals of the Western Shore, #2)
“If eternity had a season, it would be midsummer. Autumn, winter, spring are all change and passage, but at the height of summer the year stands poised. It's only a passing moment, but even as it passes the heart knows it cannot change.” 15 likes
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