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  • Great fantasy novel

    The second of the Earthsea novels is set almost entirely in an isolated temple complex damaged by earthquakes where dark subterranean powers are honoured alongside the more recent, competing worship of the godking. Tenar is brought here at the age of 6 as the reincarnated priestess, Arha, of the dark powers and indoctrinated into their pitiless cult and finds her way round caverns and a labyrinth where only women and eunuchs are allowed. Enter Ged, the hero of the first Earthsea novel, and Arha/Tenar finds the foundations of her world start to crumble. Le Guin writes beautifully and convincingly about a world of beliefs alien to us. On one level, the book is about the dark control that can be exercised by religion in some of its manifestations. On another, it is a parable about coming to terms with the dark side of ourselves and becoming whole. But it is not some over-intellectualised affair. It is very down-to-earth, with the central character, the priestess, fully rounded and with a story line that grips. Though originally written for young adults, there is a depth that offers much to older readers. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Wizard 2

    Really enjoyed. Looking forward to the next book

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  • Quiet and intense

    In contrast to A Wizard of Earthsea, which ranges across the whole of Earthsea, Tombs is set in a single small, isolated location. As a result, the book is very much more about relationships, doubts and belief, and is quite different in feel although every bit as good and works well as a sequel.

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