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Darkness Threatens to overtake Earthsea. As the world and its wizards are losing their magic, Ged -- powerful Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord -- embarks on a sailing journey with highborn young prince, Arren. They travel far beyond the realm of death to discover the cause of these evil disturbances and to restore magic to a land desperately thirsty for it.

A young prince joins forces with a master wizard on a journey to discover a cause and remedy for the loss of magic in Earthsea.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553229981
  • Publisher: Bantam Books
  • Publication date: 9/27/1975
  • Series: Earthsea Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Ursula K.  Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the most distinguished fantasy and science fiction writers of all time. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, the National Book Award, and the Newbery Honor. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at UrsulaKLeguin.com.

Biography

Speculative fiction, magic realism, "slipstream" fiction -- all these terms could apply to the works of Ursula K. Le Guin. Unfortunately, none was in common use when she started writing in the early 1960s. As a young writer, Le Guin weathered seven years of rejections from editors who praised her novels' elegant prose but were puzzled by their content. At a time when the only literary fiction was realistic fiction, as Le Guin later told an interviewer for The Register-Guard in Portland, Oregon, "There just wasn't a pigeonhole for what I write."

At long last, two of her stories were accepted for publication, one at a literary journal and one at a science-fiction magazine. The literary journal paid her in copies of the journal; the science-fiction magazine paid $30. She told The Register-Guard, "I thought: 'Oooohhh! They'll call what I write science fiction, will they? And they'll pay me for it? Well, here we go!' "

Le Guin continued to write and publish stories, but her breakthrough success came with the publication of The Left Hand of Darkness in 1969. The novel, which tells of a human ambassador's encounters with the gender-changing inhabitants of a distant planet, was unusual for science fiction in that it owed more to anthropology and sociology than to the hard sciences of physics or biology. The book was lauded for its intellectual and psychological depth, as well as for its fascinating premise. "What got to me was the quality of the story-telling," wrote Frank Herbert, the author of Dune. "She's taken the mythology, psychology -- the entire creative surround -- and woven it into a jewel of a story."

Since then, Le Guin has published many novels, several volumes of short stories, and numerous poems, essays, translations, and children's books. She's won an arm's-length list of awards, including both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, and a National Book Award for The Farthest Shore. Over the years, she has created and sustained two fictional universes, populating each with dozens of characters and stories. The first universe, Ekumen, more or less fits into the science-fiction mode, with its aliens and interplanetary travel; the second, Earthsea, is a fantasy world, complete with wizards and dragons. As Margaret Atwood wrote in The New York Review of Books, "Either one would have been sufficient to establish Le Guin's reputation as a mistress of its genre; both together make one suspect that the writer has the benefit of arcane drugs or creative double-jointedness or ambidexterity."

More impressive still is the way Le Guin's books have garnered such tremendous crossover appeal. Unlike many writers of science fiction, she is regularly reviewed in mainstream publications, where her work has been praised by the likes of John Updike and Harold Bloom. But then, Le Guin has never fit comfortably into a single genre. As she said in a Science Fiction Weekly interview, "I know that I'm always called 'the sci-fi writer.' Everybody wants to stick me into that one box, while I really live in several boxes. It's probably hurt the sales of my realistic books like Searoad, because it tended to get stuck into science fiction, where browsing readers that didn't read science fiction would never see it."

Le Guin has also published a translation of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, a book that has influenced her life and writing since she was a teenager; she has translated fiction by Angelica Gorodischer and a volume of poems by Gabriela Mistral; and, perhaps most gratifyingly for her fans, she has returned to the imaginary realm of Earthsea. Tehanu, which appeared in 1990, was subtitled "The Last Book of Earthsea," but Le Guin found she had more to tell, and she continued with Tales from Earthsea and The Other Wind. "I thought after 'Tehanu' the story was finished, but I was wrong," she told Salon interviewer Faith L. Justice. "I've learned never to say 'never.' "

Good To Know

The "K" in Ursula K. Le Guin stands for Le Guin's maiden name, Kroeber. Her father was the anthropologist Alfred Kroeber; her mother, the writer Theodora Kroeber, is best known for the biography Ishi in Two Worlds.

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    1. Hometown:
      Portland, Oregon
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 21, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Berkeley, California
    1. Education:
      B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2003

    A Must-Read for any LeGuin Fan!

    The Farthest Shore is an awesome book and the third in the Earthsea series. This book is truly amazing and if you liked A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, you absolutley have to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    One of the better books I've ever read

    Overall, I liked the whole of the Earthsea series, but this book was possibly the best. LeGuin is masterful at writing a high fantasy novel, while weaving the subtleties of life into it, in the broad sense. The story has it's own presence, making you feel like you fell out of the world into a new one full of magic at it's grandest. It questions thoughts on mortality along with morality, along with judgement and punishment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The third book is great considering some of the flaws of the second one. Once again Ged sets sail around earthsea to save the world. The book gets really good at the end when it all ties up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2001

    An Outstanding Fantasy for All Ages!

    This thrilling tale will keep you on the edge of your seat. A Beautiful ending for a beautiful seiries. LeGuin is a geinious! no one could have done a better job at concluding this awsome seiries!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2001

    amazing

    The book The Farthest Shore is a great book about a mage and a young prince on a quest to find the reason for the dissappearing magic of Earthsea. This book is a perfect book for people who like magic, quest stories, or even mysteries. I would have to say this is by far one of the best books i have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

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    The book, Farthest shore, is a great story about a young prince and his journey with the all-powerful ArchMage Ged/SparrowHawk. Their paths intwine as they seek the source of an evil blight that destroys all magic that it encounters. This has a interesting plot and should only be for people 12 and over.

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