The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Series #3)

The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Series #3)

by Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
As always, Le Guin delivers what you'd expect, a fantasy book of true literary quality. Unlike many of the emerging fantasy texts throughout the past 20 years or so, especially since the Harry Potter craze, The Earthsea books force the reader to wrestle with many of the same issues that we have to face as real people. Her first book in the series, A Wizard of Earthsea shows the inherent evil within us all, and the ability we have to overcome it only by facing it. The second book, The Tombs of Atuan, delineates the struggles surrounding pride and power. This book delves into the desire to pursue eternal life, thus interrupting the balance between life and nature, humans and the natural laws we're subject to just as much as anything else. The most interesting element that Le Guin unearths in her take on the concept of eternal life is that her characters, in their pursuit, lose their true identity, their name, and wash into oblivion and nothingness. I was talking with a new co-worker about the kinds of books and movies that we're into, and she actually laughed at the fact that I love fantasy, saying that she isn't interested in anything in that genre because it's unrealistic and could never happen. She does, however, love romantic comedies, which in my opinion are easily as unrealistic if not more so because of their lighthearted and sometimes shallow treatment of relationships between men and women. Sure, I'm never going to ride a dragon or walk through a wardrobe (at least as far as I've experienced so far), but the universal truths exhumed in books like Ender's Game, The Lord of the Rings, or this series are much more accurate to our own human experiences. Long live good fantasy literature! -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes her prose is like poetry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty sure that studio ghibli made a movie outta this one...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was kind of ok but it was pretty violent at the end such as decapitations and other things in relaion to it. This was my second least favorite.
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This story made my heart jump out of my chest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the previous books in the EARTHSEA searies, THE FARTHEST SHORE is a beautifully written fantasy. It isn't the action/adventure hack & slash type book that is typical of the genre. It is more like a leisurely journey through Earthsea with a battle of wills at the end. If you want a fast-paced adventure, don't read this book. If you're looking for a relaxing, poetic story, this will probably be perfect for you. I would recommend reading the first two before picking this one up, but you'll probably find that you don't have to read them back-to-back. In truth, the pace of these books is so slow that I think I'd have enjoyed them more had I spread them out a bit.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of the first three books in the Earthsea series, this one has been my favorite. I enjoyed the plot, the quest and the characters. I wonder if this is the last time we will see Ged? Compared to the first two, The Farthest Shore is much darker and more in depth. We also experience much more dialogue. Of course, I still have to read the rest of the series and I have a feeling I will enjoy each book even more than the one before it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ursula K Leguin finishes her EarthSea Trilogy in just the manner we would expect. Though the series is not as action packed as some fantasy series it has the intrigue and plot depth to keep any reader entranced.