The Other Wind

The Other Wind

Book - 2012
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"The sorcerer Alder fears sleep. The dead are pulling him to them at night. Through him they may free themselves and invade Earthsea. Alder seeks advice from Ged, once Archmage. Ged tells him to go to Tenar, Tehanu, and the young king at Havnor. They are joined by amber-eyed Irian, a fierce dragon able to assume the shape of a woman. The threat can be confronted only in the Immanent Grove on Roke, the holiest place in the world and there the king, hero, sage, wizard, and dragon make a last stand. In this final book of the Earthsea Cycle, Le Guin combines her magical fantasy with a profoundly human, earthly, humble touch."--Publisher website.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012, c2001.
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ISBN: 9780547773728
0547773722
Call Number: LE GUIN
Characteristics: 311 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Subjects: Dragons -- Fiction.
Wizards -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Imaginary places -- Fiction.
Imaginary wars and battles -- Fiction
Fantasy fiction.

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scribby
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.

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tocch101
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.

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amderdog
Apr 12, 2011

This is the final book in the Earthsea series.

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