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Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin
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"The last book of Earthsea" although it is not, has come as a nice discovery.

It is really fascinating how the story evolves from "Wizard of Earthsea": from a tale of mages, dragons and marvellous travels and adventures to a more intimate story like this one. It does have mages and dragons and more, but they are a side topic, something to kept the story tied to Earthsea than anything else.

There is a clear change in the depth of the story, although the surface is kept the same. You can feel the time passed between "The Farthest Shore" and "Tehanu", as it is a time UKL had to think over things about Earthsea and how she found the way to include personal feelings and ideas into the story. Might be I am completely wrong, but if there are not a few autobiographical hints there I will be surprised. It feels quite personal.

Besides, the novel ends without surprises. Once you were aware that no real development is going to happen (around the middle of the book), you just relax and do not hope for any unfolding of greater happenings. That came in the end, slightly. But just as a promise of something to come in the future or something you do have to imagine by yourself. Not a surprise. But it is a nice ending. Even if this is not the last book of Earthsea.

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