The Other Wind

The Other Wind

Book - 2012
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"[Le Guin] reconsiders the relationship between magic and something more basic: life and death itself." --Publishers Weekly

The archipelago of Earthsea is in turmoil. The dragons are breaking old truces, and even the dead threaten to return from the afterlife, using the sorcerer Alder's dreams as a conduit. Alder seeks advice from Ged, once Archmage. It's decided that the threat can only be confronted on the holy isle of Roke. In this magnificent grand finale to the Earthsea Cycle, Le Guin ties up many loose ends from her previous novels and brings back favorite characters to the delight of her fans.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2012], c2001
ISBN: 9780547851419
Branch Call Number: YA LEG
Characteristics: 266 p. :,maps ;,22 cm


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Dec 14, 2017

On one level, this last book of the "Earthsea" series is a beautifully written excursion into an enchanted land (and ocean), filled with strange lands, the salty air of the sea, magical characters, and the glistening scales of dragons. It seems like a variation on all standard fantasy material, yet utterly original. On the other hand, it seems not original at all: as the story goes deeper and deeper into mysticism, it reveals itself to be another of the endless variations on the worldwide folk/pagan religions. Granted, it’s a made-up variation, not a traditional one (and the Kargs, dragon-people, and land of the dead are new variants upon old themes) but the joy of discovery gradually fades the further one reads.

Oct 07, 2012

A fitting end to a wonderful series where the world and characters are constantly changing. Vibrant, and full of what life is and means.

MinniGappieo Jul 03, 2012

The Other Wind is exactly what it needed to be ; an ending. The final book in the Earthsea series follows Tehanu, who has completely dropped her old name, and the king, Lebannen. The book starts with Alder who had been seeing the land that people went to when they died. He travel to try and save his sanity and meets a cast of characters we are already familiar with, if you have been following the series. We are introduced to one other new character, the princess of the Kargad lands (and Lebannen's future bride). The whole book felt like a conclusion and I have to say I appreciate the story Le Guin has created and will remember it for many years to come.

Apr 12, 2011

This is the final book in the Earthsea series.

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