The highly acclaimed first collection of Earthsea short stories
These five superlative, evocative and enchanting stories range from a few hundred years before A Wizard of Earthsea to just before The Other Wind, and feature some of Le Guin s most popular characters, including the Wizard Ged himself. The stories are rounded off with an essay about Earthsea s history and people.No Earthsea fan will want to be without this magical collection.
?the five stories here provide a varied and enjoyable introduction to the newcomer, s much as the seasoned traveller?And in the end it's [LeGuin's] more gentle and thoughtful approach which sets the series apart from much of the fantasy mush that followed in Tolkien's wake. - Edge
"?a collection of stories that takes the reader back into the history of Earthsea, LeGuin's remarkable ar
?vivid and finely crafted additions to the saga, all written in Le Guin's familiar beautiful prose and bound to enthrall Earthsea fans of all ages. - Good Book Guide, 1 Dec 02
?as immersive and well written as anything LeGuin has done - SFX
Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea tales are always a delight and her latest collection - an essay and five stories - is no exception. These thought-provoking tales?take some telling swipes at the 'commodified fantasy' that dominates the market these days...Unlike some of the genre's former 'greats', Le Guin continues to improve with age. - Starburst
Le Guin is like Tolkien in the depth and breadth of her imagination?and here for all those who have admired her epic storytelling, comes five new tales, where, Le Guin writes in the forward, a mere glimpse at the place told me that things had been happening while I wasn't looking...Throughout the book there is a continued sense of the substantiality of her imagination. - The Observer, 27 Oct 02 - Nicci Gerrard
Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the finest writers of our time. Her books have attracted millions of devoted readers and won many awards, including the National Book Award, the Hugo and Nebula Awards and a Newbery Honor. Among her novels, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed and the six books of Earthsea have attained undisputed classic status; and her recent series, the Annals of the Western Shore, has won her the PEN Center USA Children's literature award and the Nebula Award for best novel. In 2014 Ursula Le Guin was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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