The first of Ursula Le Guin's famed Hainish novels - set in the same universe as The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed.
'She is unique. She is legend' THE TIMES
'Ursula Le Guin is a chemist of the heart' David Mitchell, author of CLOUD ATLAS
'A tour de force' EVENING STANDARD
Earth-scientist Rocannon has been leading an ethnological survey on a remote world populated by three native races: the cavern-dwelling Gdemiar, the elvish Fiia, and the warrior clan, Liuar. But when the technologically primitive planet is suddenly invaded by a fleet of ships from the stars, rebels against the League of All Worlds, Rocannon is the only survey member left alive. Marooned among alien peoples, he leads the battle to free this newly discovered world - and finds that legends grow around him as he fights.
Le Guin is the ideal science fititon writer for readers who ordinarily dislike science fiction. - Atlantic Monthly