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Scattered among poor, desolate farms, the clans of the Uplands possess gifts. Wondrous gifts: the ability--with a glance, a gesture, a word--to summon animals, bring forth fire, move the land. Fearsome gifts: They can twist a limb, chain a mind, inflict a wasting illness. The Uplanders live in constant fear that one family might unleash its gift against another. Two young people, friends since childhood, decide not to use their gifts. One, a girl, refuses to bring animals to their death in the hunt. The other, a boy, wears a blindfold lest his eyes and his anger kill. In this beautifully crafted story, Ursula K. Le Guin writes of the proud cruelty of power, of how hard it is to grow up, and of how much harder still it is to find, in the world's darkness, gifts of light. Includes a reader's guide and a sample chapter from the companion title Voices.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2004.
ISBN: 9780547539874
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Subjects: Fantasy fiction.
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Jul 21, 2011

Very exciting and creative. I don't think I've seen a story like this. Highly recommend.

bidbid Mar 25, 2011

The book moves a bit slowly, and there seems so much more potential with the world the characters inhabit and of the 'gifts' that never really comes into fruition. There are a lot of questions left unanswered at the end of the book, but I had allowed for it since there were two more books afterwards; however, I'm nearly finished the third and last book and they are still left unanswered. In fact, the three books are basically three separate books that just happen to take place in the same world with a few cameos from previous books, and deals more with the politics of the places than the gifts.

Jan 29, 2011

I found this book confusing at first, and not like what I expected it to be. If you have high hopes for this book, they will most likely not be met. Interesting theme though.

Dec 02, 2010

WoW. This is one of the Best Books I've read in a long time. It's keeping me up past my bedtime and is riveting!

Jun 16, 2010

Wow, I loved this book so much! Ursula Le Guin is a fantastic author; the worlds she creates are rich in detail, and her writing flows so smoothly. I also loved her Earthsea books, although I have yet to finish the series. Anyone who wants a fascinating and engaging read, READ THIS! It's beautiful.

Mar 07, 2010

Wonderful! This made me cry. It was beautifully written.

Jan 07, 2010

LeGuin is a wonderful author and usually draws you into the story with effortless ease. I found this book a little tedious in the first half since there was a long cast of characters and terms to get familiar with.

The second half of the book was more interesting. This story was not bad but pales in comparison to her other works (Earthsea books for example).


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Oct 23, 2010

Stories are what death thinks he puts an end to. He can't understand that they end in him, but they don't end with him.

Oct 23, 2010

To see that your life is a story while you're in the middle of living it may be a help to living it well. It's unwise, though, to think you know how it's going to go, or how it's going to end. That's to be known only when it's over.


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Nov 30, 2009

Imagine that your family has a power so strong that your neighbours feared you. But your neighbours also have strong powers, so for the time being there is a sort of peace where nobody wants to cause major destruction. You are next in line to rule over your family's land and your power is what keeps the people safe. But what happens when you cannot control your power and your neighbours are looking at taking over your domain? At the same time, your friend since childhood, and part of an allied family, refuses to use her gift. The bond brings the two of you closer together and you realize, at last, that it is true love you share. There is nobody who understands you more - but when your both faced with the consequences of not using your powers, can you make the right decisions for yourself and the domain you control?


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