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Tehanu (Earthsea Series #4)

Tehanu (Earthsea Series #4)

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by Ursula K. Le Guin

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The Nebula and Locus Award–winning fourth novel in the renowned Earthsea series from Ursula K. LeGuin gets a beautiful new repackage.

In this fourth novel in the Earthsea series, we rejoin the young priestess the Tenar and powerful wizard Ged. Years before, they had helped each other at a time of darkness and danger. Together, they shared an


The Nebula and Locus Award–winning fourth novel in the renowned Earthsea series from Ursula K. LeGuin gets a beautiful new repackage.

In this fourth novel in the Earthsea series, we rejoin the young priestess the Tenar and powerful wizard Ged. Years before, they had helped each other at a time of darkness and danger. Together, they shared an adventure like no other. Tenar has since embraced the simple pleasures of an ordinary life, while Ged mourns the powers lost to him through no choice of his own.
Now the two must join forces again and help another in need—the physically, emotionally scarred child whose own destiny has yet to be revealed….
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. Now the full Earthsea collection—A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales from Earthsea, and The Other Wind—is available with a fresh, modern look that will endear it both to loyal fans and new legions of readers.

Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book
"New and longtime Earthsea fans will be drawn to these impressive new editions."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The publication of Tehanu will give lovers of LeGuin's enchanted realm of Earthsea cause for celebration. In Tehanu , LeGuin spins a bittersweet tale of Tenar and Ged, familiar characters from the classic Earthsea trilogy. Tenar, now a widow facing obscurity and loneliness, rescues a badly burned girl from her abusive parents. The girl, it turns out, will be an important power in the new age dawning on Earthsea. Ged, now broken, is learning how to live with the great loss he suffered at the end of the trilogy. Tenar's struggle to protect and nurture a defenseless child and Ged's slow recovery make painful but thrilling reading. Sharply defined characterizations give rich resonance to Tehanu 's themes of aging, feminism and child abuse as well as its emotional chords of grief and loss. Tehanu is a heartbreaking farewell to a world that is passing, and is full of tantalizing hints of the new world to come. Fans of the Earthsea trilogy will be deeply moved. Ages 12-up. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-- Tenar, once priestess of Atuan and now the middle-aged widow of a Gontish farmer, lives quietly, caring for her foster daughter Therru, a child who has been abused and badly burned by her own parents. Soon there is another who needs Tenar's care; Ged, no longer Archmage of Earthsea, returns to his homeland borne half-conscious on a dragon's back, all his power spent in closing the door between the worlds of Life and Death (as detailed in the climactic scenes of The Farthest Shore Atheneum, 1972). The Kingship has been restored, but there is still evil in the world, and, even as Ged slowly returns to health, Tenar and Therru are threatened. In the end, it is Therru with her unexpected kinship to dragons who turns aside this evil--and raises new questions for readers as to whether Therru is a child, a dragon, or a new type of being entirely. LeGuin's effortless mastery of language will be familiar to readers of the Earthsea Trilogy, but the sweeping otherworldliness of those books has been replaced by a more human focus. The pace is slower, the tone more meditative. The ``power'' of the earlier books was purely an abstract force wielded by wizards--here it also resides in human relationships. In losing his wizard's power, Ged gains the power to return Tenar's love. Newcomers to LeGuin's imagined world may find the story slow going at first; those familiar with Earthsea, however, will rejoice as they enter it once again. --Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
From the Publisher
"New and longtime Earthsea fans will be drawn to these impressive new editions."

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Earthsea Series , #4
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received the Hugo, Nebula, Endeavor, Locus, Tiptree, Sturgeon, PEN-Malamud, and National Book Award and the Pushcart and Janet Heidinger Kafka prizes, among others.

In recent years she has received lifetime achievement awards from World Fantasy Awards, Los Angeles Times, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and Willamette Writers, as well as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award and the Library of Congress Living Legends award. Le Guin was the recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award and the Margaret Edwards Award.

Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, Words Are My Matter, an essay collection, and Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and her website is UrsulaKLeGuin.com.

Brief Biography

Portland, Oregon
Date of Birth:
October 21, 1929
Place of Birth:
Berkeley, California
B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952

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Tehanu (Earthsea Series #4) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Tehanu returns us to the world of Earthsea, to the time after the The Farthest Shore and The Tombs of Atuan. Tenar has grown older, had a family, and is now a widower when she received an urgentl from Sparrowhawk's former mentor Ogion, the mage that took her in when she first came to the area. As she journeys to her cottage we are introduced to the little girl Therru, marked by horrible tragedy and evil. While at Ogion's cottage, Sparrowhawk returns to Tenar, but he returns scarred and damaged, missing part of himself. Tenar, Sparrowhawk, and little Therru make a life journey together to put the pieces of themselves back together and bring the work back to a better place. This book was a fantastic read. it gave me what I've always wanted at the end of a series....just one more book. A book to show me how they ended up, what their family was like, and who would continue on after them. Tenar and Ged (also called Sparrowhawk), reunited after many years, are still the same characters I had grown to love in the earlier books. Only this time they are wiser, and will need to use all of their wisdom to help little Therru. Therru drew my sympathy from the start, and I admired her spirit and her tenacity to overcome her difficulties. This was a great addition to the Earthsea Cycle. 4/5
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a wonderful story all and all. The beginning was a bit slow and the ending was a bit rushed, but the story held together nicely. It really explored some issues that our generation has to deal with. Overall a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
That's right! I don't know if Le Guin really aimed this, but I realized so many things about myself, and about being a woman as I read this wonderful final of the Earthsea series. And in many ways, I am happy to be a Tenar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was amazing! I just wished it kept going, it left me hanging at the end
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am reading the Earthsea series currently and have just finished the fourth book, Tehanu. I have enjoyed each book more than the previous, and so far Tehanu is my favorite. Like the Tombs of Atuan, the book focuses more on Tenar than Ged. It has been many years since Tenar was brought to Gont by Ged. She has been married, had children and has been widowed. She adopts a child found abandoned at a campsite by vagrants and who was left for dead after being pushed into a fire. The book also takes off immediately after The Farthest Shore, and Ged has just returned back to Gont by way of dragon back. His old master has just died and Ged had spent all of his powers getting back from the dead world. He is no longer the Archmage of Roke. Although it seems that Ged had saved the world by closing the rift in our world exposing the dead world, there is still an element of evil on the island of Gont. An old mage, a misogynist by chance, has his eye on destroying Tenar and Ged. But the last person you look at, the burned child girl, Therru, has more to her than meets the eye. I only wished that the pinnacle of the book lasted longer. It was much too short and ended abruptly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, okay. So I haven't read the book since I was in 5th grade, but I remember loving it. I love the theme of feminism present in it, kind of making up for the lack of it in the earlier novels. I also found it funny that the only bad review was from a guy. But anyway, I would highly recommend this novel and any other by Mrs. LeGuin!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recommended to any true lover of the land of Earthsea. This novel fills in some holes in the mysterious character of Ged; it brings us up to speed on Tenar's life; brings a long lost love story full circle; introduces a new character whose fate holds the life of Ged and Tenar in the balance; and serves as a bridge to other novels (hopefully many more). 'The making from the unmaking, The ending from the beginning, Who shall know surely?' LeGuin does it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Ursula K. Le Guins writing. This story lies low, but brings a life so easily to the reader. It is a completely diffrent read from other fantasy stories! I loved it because of its unique unfolding and its vibrant characters!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Earthsea cycle comes full circle! This is my favorite work in the series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. Another addition to the Earthsea collection. Le Guin has done it again, and better than ever. Very good, but confusing and unclear at times. I can't wait to get The Other Wind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about the adventures of Tenar and her adopted child Tenahu. This book involves the once and past ArchMage Ged/Sparrowhawk, the new King of Earthsea, and Tenar and how the world isn't quite right even after the King has been crowned. This is somewhat of a sad story but it ends in an unexpected way that involves the very heart and soul of the land of EARTHSEA. I think this is a bit complicated and should be read only by 15 year olds and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inconsistant in both spirit and substance with the original trilogy this thinly diguised radical feminist screed is a diservice to alllovers of Earthsea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is at a much slower pace than the others in the Earthsea cycle. It seems like Le Guin spent the 19 years in between writing these books thinking seriously about Feminist themes and what it means to be a man and a woman and incorporating them into this novel. While that doesn't detract from the book, it definitely puts the cycle on a completely different track and tone...I enjoyed it but if you are looking for more magic and a grand adventure you may not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book ... classic Le Guin!
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