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Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea cycle has become one of the best loved fantasies of our time The windswept world of Earthsea is one of the greatest creations in all fantasy literature freuently compared with JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth or CS Lewis' Narnia The magn. “I would not ask a sick man to run a race” said Sparrowhawk “nor lay a stone on an overburdened back” It was not clear whether he spoke of himself or of the world at large Always his answers were grudging hard to understand There thought Arren lay the very heart of wizardry to hint at mighty meanings while saying nothing at all and to make doing nothing at all seem the very crown of wisdom There are surely better passages to uote than the above to encapsulate the meaning or theme of this book but I think it's a fine example of Le Guin's beautiful writing and her ever present wit Besides “to make doing nothing at all seem the very crown of wisdom” is a skill I would like to acuire; where do I sign up for that The Farthest Shore is the longest of the original Earthsea Trilogy but still a mere pamphlet by today's doorstop standard for fantasy books which can be weaponized by simply hurling at your target It takes place seventeen years after events of The Tombs of Atuan and the series hero Ged AKA Sparrowhawk is now old and occupies the lofty position of Archmage The story basically concerns a hole in the world that is sucking life love magic names and other essentials out of the world this strangely reminds me of the runaway black hole David Brin's Earth that I am still in the middle of It falls to Ged and his young princely companion Arren to investigate and put an end to Earthsea's first global crisis before the entire world is devoured That is the basic plot but does not begin to cover the point of the novel Ged Arren Art by Rebecca GuayI believe this is the most philosophical volume of the original trilogy thereby excluding the subseuent volumes #4 onward which I have not read One of the main themes is the balance between life and death and how one give rise to the other in a cyclical manner The idea of immortality is frowned upon as it upsets this balance and makes life meaningless Ged's old age is often contrasted with Arren's youth and they represent how the old must makes sacrifices for the young This book is the slowest paced of the Trilogy most of it is focused on the arduous and harrowing journey of the two central characters While Ged is front and centre of the story the narrative point of view is almost entirely from Arren's perspective thereby underlining his importance in the scheme of things The character Arren is similar to Tenar in the The Tombs of Atuan and Ged himself in A Wizard of Earthsea in that he starts off as a naive young lad and develops into a man of substance by the story's conclusion It is interesting that Le Guin achieves dramatic effect without an epic climactic battle in the final stretch of the book the fights such as they are start and end very uickly and almost dismissively The drama is achieved through tension and conseuences of actions and events Dragon's Run by Astrid NielschDragons play a much significant role in this book and the world of Earthsea continues to develop wonderfully Particularly notable are the raft folks whose water based community may have inspired a similar culture in China Miéville's The Scar another fantastic book The Farthest Shore is not as breezy as A Wizard of Earthsea not as dark as The Tombs of Atuan but emotional and melancholic than both The end of the book wraps up the story of Ged beautifully Here is a character we followed from his youth as a gifted goat herder boy to a confident young man in the second book and now a strong and wise leader of the mages As I understand it Le Guin came back to write Tehanu the fourth book is the series than twenty years after the publication of this book I have not read it yet but the consensus opinion seems to be unfavorable apparently it has a much adult theme I will have to read for myself soon In any case the first three books are some of the best fantasy I have ever readNote Ged and Arren from Tales from EarthseaTales from Earthsea is the 2006 animated adaptation of the whole Earthsea series into one movie by Studio Ghibli I have not seen it but the consensus review is not encouraging Le Guin is also not happy with it while there are some visual elements she likes she said watching an entirely different story confusingly enacted by people with the same names as in my story Not up to the standard of Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro I suppose

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The Farthest ShoreOtten their spells the springs of wizardry were running dry Ged Dragonlord and Archmage set out with Arren a highborn young prince to seek the source of the darkness This is the tale of their harrowing journey beyond the shores of death to heal a wounded land. Oh this took a long time to finish Not because it wasn’t interesting but laryngitis and lots of travel are not conducive to reading aloud That said it is a lot slower and seemingly aimless than the previous 2 in the series I love the relationship between Arren and Sparrowhawk how it evolves and goes through ups and downs but is ultimately based on mutual admiration and love I’m not sure what my son thinks about it in the end Edit my son said it was really good 4 stars My 3rd Reading of this book

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Review ☆ The Farthest Shore ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea cycle has become one of the best loved fantasies of our time The windswept world of Earthsea is one of the greatest creations in all fantasy literature freuently compared with JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth or CS Lewis' Narnia TheIficent saga begins with A Wizard Of Earthsea continues in The Tombs Of Atuan and The Farthest Shore and concludes with Tehanu each book a treasure of wisdom wonder and literary wizardry The magic had gone out of the world All over Earthsea the mages had forg. I'm somewhat conflicted by this book It took me longer to read than expected I really really enjoyed The Tombs of Atuan You can read my review here therefore had high hopes for 'The Farthest Shore' However it disappointed In a nutshell I didn't enjoy this book Before I go into why I didn't the obligatory free plug My first fantasy novel is currently free on all good ebook retailers If you like fantasy please give it a look The Last Dragon Slayer Right Now that's out of the way what was wrong with 'Farthest Shore'To be honest I find it very hard to pin down EXACTLY what is wrong with it Perhaps NOTHING and it's just me I didn't enjoy it What I cannot fault in this book is the writing Le Guin uses poetic language and weaves some occasionally beautiful and often deep prose She writes about wizards while conducting her own wizardry on the page This book is full of rich vivid description emotional and evocative dialogue she's a master of the written word Or is that mistress No you can't have a mistressy of the written word so she must be a master Anyway the writing is good It's very good It's perhaps at times TOO good in that the striving for poetic beautiful prose pays a price in clarity At times I found myself glazing over and losing track of what was actually going on in the storyWhen I review a book I can't simply critiue the writing I have to rate it based on the story as a whole The writing is an intrinsic part of that whole but it isn't the be and end all A display of skill doesn't always eual spectator enjoyment It's a bit like when we watch the 8 year old Chinese pianist on 'Blue Peter' or a similar television program showing off how they can play a grade 9 piano piece flawlessly their fingers dancing over the keys faster than the eye can track The notes being struck with such ferocity and speed they barely register in the mind leaving us with a tune that is so complex it's impossible to hum or even recall The display is impressive We marvel at the skill however do we actually enjoy the music Personally I don't tend to I feel like this book was the same The writing was good but the characters were flat They lacked a key ingredient Humanity Humanity is critical to writing engaging characters Even when they aren't human I like the examples of Tenar from The Tombs of Atuan and Vexis Zaelwarsh from Rise of the Archmage Tenar's early life as a priestess is bizarre It's almost inhumanly unusual During the course of the book she escapes a prison not just a physical prison but a mental prison where her way of thinking and acting has been controlled for a long time The slow shift in her thoughts and attitude were portrayed exuisitely in Tombs of Atuan She had a very human response to the events unfolding around her and at times you felt like you were actually in her head You could empathize with her I wrote Rise of the Archmage before I read Tombs of Atuan but I see a lot of parallels between Vexis and Tenar In Rise Vexis is an ex priestess a dark elf who has lost her faith and fled her community having to learn how to fit into a very different society and not always getting it right I liked her story she wasn't human but she had human flaws she failed to understand people and was confused as to why events didn't unfold as she'd expected them to Back to Ged and Arren What Tenar had and they don't have is humanity They are hard to empathize with Arren has this almost sycophantic hero worship of Ged Yes Ged is a legend in Le Guin's world but the one sided relationship makes them both seem like two dimensional characters Arren is hard to empathize with for different reasons With Ged we followed him as a youngster when he unleashed the dark entity in book 1 We watched him grow and make mistakes and learn as he pursued it With Tenar we watched her emerge from a mental prison with the help of a still young and impetuous Ged but a Ged who is sensitive and thoughtful and who manages to help Tenar as she helps him Now Ged is older He's made Archmage he's settled into a job which means he's very revered but he probably doesn't actually have to do much Him setting out on a boat with this young prince because magic is dying seems odd It doesn't sit right Their conversations and actions are kind of flat You don't actually feel like you're there sharing the journey with them as you did Tenar in Tombs There WAS a moment when I thought things might pick up I won't go into how but Arren became enslaved For a moment was expecting to see a different human aspect of both his and Ged's character but it didn't happen Le Guin wrapped up the rescue in a couple of unremarkable paragraphs The final scenes from the deranged dragons unable to speak to the villages of the dead were better But it was the scenery and the intrigue that carried the story NOT the characters I think the ambiguity and vagueness of the villain throughout the book made it hard to engage When they did meet Cob and engage in conflict with him it was better it interesting but not interesting enough to make up for the broadly speaking rather boring journey There are some deep themes in this book It might be a book which takes several reads to fully appreciate but for me that's a flaw with a book The tone and the premise about accepting the inevitability of death doesn't sit well with me either I don't like the messageI will read on I admire the prose in this book it's very well written but the story is lacking something I've already started Tehanu as I bought the Earthsea uartet as one book and I'm already enjoying Tehanu FAR Tenar and Ogion are much likable characters for some reason Will I buy the fifth book I don't know It depends how Tehanu goes I want to read Tenar's story and I also want to learn about the children abandoned on the reef who are visited in book 1 and mentioned in book 2 They were absent in this volume but I never really got closure over their tragic almost heart breaking lives I think that's the key the a good fantasy novel Characters YOU CARE ABOUT Despite the harrowing journey the interesting scenes and the deep philosophical theme of this book I never actually cared about the characters If Ged and Arren had ended up drowning in the sea or being defeated by Cob I'm not sure I'd have actually been bothered I'd probably have been pleased that the next book would have to follow interesting and engaging charactersSo to sum up great writing impressive book However simply not that enjoyable to read I could take or leave it at any time and had to force myself to finish it The reason The characters Ged and Arren though portrayed in detail were just not characters I could bring myself to care about and that killed the book for mePaperback Edition StanleyAuthor of The Last Dragon Slayer Free to download