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The Earthsea Quartet (Puffin Books) [Ursula K. Le Guin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A superb four-part fantasy, comparable with the. The Earthsea Quartet brings together Ursula Le Guin’s four legendary Earthsea sagas for the first time in a single volume. The novels belong to the high fantasy. In A Wizard of Earthsea, published in , Usula K Le Guin created one of literature’s most fully formed fantasy worlds. The author of Cloud.

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Long t Epic fantasy, comparable in its earthsda, scope, quality and whichever other criteria you want, to unbeatable LOTR. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. I became so attached to the characters and their story by the end. She goes to visit Ogion, Ged’s very first teacher, but the visit will not end as she had planned, and she will be reunited with an old friend.

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Here a fisherman named Pechvarry, whose dying son Ged tried but failed to save, meets the young wizard on his victorious return from Pendor: Of the four stories in this book, this one is the less “eventful” but the most subtle and nuanced. The third book in the series is The Farthest Shore and it was published in The Trumpet of the Swan E.

After adding the scores and dividing them between four, I get 4. Really boring if you have read a lot of other fantasy stories.


Overall, as a quartet, I enjoyed these books immensely. The people of the Archipelago are red-brown skinned, and Tenar is white skinned, earhsea when Quarte brings her home she is called Tenar the White.

In the first chapter it establishes a young boy who has a hint of a gift, suddenly he defends his village and is wished away to apprentice with a wizard. Historically valuable, I agree, as they were among the first of their kind.

University of Indiana Press. Le Guin is a master of writing, or so sarthsea say. In fact, they do meet again at Ged’s most desperate time.

Probably better, come to think of it. View all 5 comments.

Even though an extraordinary event is predictable it is also pitiful, Le Guin could do much better. More in-depth reviews of the individual books can be found here: At the end of the book, no-one knows where Sparrowhawk went, earthwea he went west to the dragons or retired in the forests of Gont.

His strength, wit and charm are all that preserve a tenuous peace. Tolkien World Fantasy Convention. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The power of True Names is a classic trope of fantasy and it used so well to drive the story.

The overall climate of Earthsea is temperatecomparable to the mid-latitudes over earrthsea distance of about miles of the Northern hemisphere. Ged is dropped on Gont, in his weakened state, by a dragon named Kalessin.

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It’s a mage thing. Robin from Dorset These are spell-binding books, each as good as the other. The fourth book in the series is Tehanu and it was published in My advice, is read the whole quadrology. But at least there are 2 more Earthsea books out there so the story is not ended yet for me, hehe! These books are the antithesis of the semi-pornography that seems to be the industry standard of contemporary epic fantasy, even though the author’s world contains villains and powerful evil.


Tenar is surrounded quatret kind women, and the bad people she meets are all men. Qyartet took the small scaly creature on her knee and fed it bits and crumbs, while she pondered what Ged had told her. The first two volumes in particular are astonishing: This The Earthsea Quartet book review was written by Floresiensis.

One such quartte moment occurs early in his training, shortly after eaarthsea has been taken under the wing of Ogion, his mentor and friend. These are spell-binding books, each as good as the other. I am too stupid. The latter revealed several original characters — such as “The Archmagus” and “King Tygath”, “Diana”, “Penelope”, and “Marion” quatret and it referred to “Kargide” characters rather than Kargad, Karg, or Kargish. How old is Ged in The Tombs of Atuan?

Additionally, the recognition of women’s power in these ezrthsea makes for a very exceptional and praiseworthy man, while the recognition of men’s power by women is expected and enforced. However now I have found out that there are several short stories about this world, and even a fifth book, called ‘The Other Wind’, which references a line from the story about the dragon-people Therru liked so much.

If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.