Book Talk…9/14/18: The Farthest Shore Ursula Le Guin
The Farthest Shore (Book 3 of the Earthsea books) by Ursula Le Guin. Anthaneum Books. Simon & Schuster. 2012.
Amazon Blurb: The National Book Award–winning third novel in the renowned Earthsea series from Ursula K. LeGuin.
In this third book in the Earthsea series, darkness threatens to overtake Earthsea: The world and its wizards are losing their magic. But Ged Sparrohawk—Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord—is determined to discover the source of this devastating loss.
Aided by Enlad’s young Prince Arren, Ged embarks on a treacherous journey that will test their strength and will. Because to restore magic, the two warriors must venture to the farthest reaches of their world—and even beyond the realm of death.
With millions of copies sold worldwide, Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle has earned a treasured place on the shelves of fantasy lovers everywhere, alongside the works of such beloved authors as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
My review: Arren finds himself accompanying Sparrowhawk on a mission to discover why magic is dying from the world. Each country they come to is worse than the last. Magic is hunted and destroyed. Those knowing it are going insane or selling out to those who want to bring it down. Throughout it, neither uses their real name, a name that could threaten them with the same fate. Though he has no magic, Arren, the young prince doesn’t use his real name either until it becomes necessary for both in a land of darkness to do so to save the world.
It was a little slow as classics tend to be, but I liked the story. I didn’t read the other books in the series as of yet. I went looking for Ursula Le Guin’s work and sadly, this is all I found. I will continue to seek her work out as it becomes available.