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Tales from Earthsea : The Finder; Darkrose and Diamond; The Bones of the Earth; On the High Marsh; Dragonfly

Le Guin, Ursula K.

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ISBN 10: 0441009328 / ISBN 13: 9780441009329
Published by Ace Books, New York, NY, U.S.A., 2002
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Title: Tales from Earthsea : The Finder; Darkrose ...

Publisher: Ace Books, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: Ninth Printing.

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“In this stellar collection...Ursula K. Le Guin makes a triumphant return to the magic-drenched world of Earthsea.”* Featuring the award-winning author’s new Earthsea novella, two original stories and two classic tales, as well as new maps and a special essay on Earthsea’s history, languages, literature and magic, “the publication of this collection is a major event in fantasy literature.” (* Publishers Weekly starred review)

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Winner of five Nebula and five Hugo Awards, the National Book Award, the Newbery, and many other awards, Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the finest authors ever to write science fiction and fantasy. Her greatest creation may be the powerful, beautifully written, and deeply imagined Earthsea Cycle, which inhabits the rarified air at the pinnacle of modern fantasy with J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy and Jane Yolen's Chronicles of Great Alta. The books of the Earthsea Cycle are A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), The Tombs of Atuan (1971), The Farthest Shore (1972), the Nebula-winning Tehanu (1990), and now, Tales of Earthsea (2001).

If you have never read an Earthsea book, this collection isn't the place to start, as the author points out in her thoughtful foreword; begin with A Wizard of Earthsea. If you insist on starting with Tales of Earthsea, read the foreword and the appended "Description of Earthsea" before proceeding to the five stories (three of which are original to this book).

The opening story, "The Finder," occupies a third of the volume and has the strength and insight of a novel. This novella describes the youth of Otter, a powerful but half-trained sorcerer, and reveals how Otter came to an isle that cannot be found, and played a role in the founding of the great Roke School. "Darkrose and Diamond" tells of two lovers who would turn their backs on magic. In "The Bones of the Earth," an aging wizard and his distant pupil must somehow join forces to oppose an earthquake. Ged, the Archmage of Earthsea, appears in "On the High Marsh" to find the mad and dangerous mage he had driven from Roke Island. And in "Dragonfly," the closing story, a mysterious woman comes to the Roke School to challenge the rule that only men may be mages. "Dragonfly" takes place a few years after Tehanu and is the bridge between that novel and the next novel, The Other Wind (fall 2001). --Cynthia Ward

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