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Years before, they had escaped together from the sinister Tombs of Atuan - she an isolated young priestess, he a powerful wizard. Now she is a farmer's widow, having chosen for herself the simple pleasures of an ordinary life. And he is a broken old man, mourning the powers lost to him not by choice.
A lifetime ago they helped each other at a time of darkness and danger. Now they must join forces again to help another - the physically and emotionally scarred child whose own destiny remains to be revealed.
©1990 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2016 Recorded Books
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By Anonlee on 02-10-17

what a tale!!!

initially it was a bit of adjustment to switch from narrator Rob Inglis to Jenny Sterlin, but she stepped up to the plate and nailed the part. Since Ged played a lesser role, it was only appropriate that a female voice was used to portray the many female characters. I love all the earth sea books . At the end of my book journey I just wanted to enter the magical world of Gont ride with dragons and meet up with Ged and his entourage . It was a very sweet read!

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By Jared Anthony on 08-30-17

Delivers on Promise of Tenar and the Tombs

Only a misogynist or someone who heard excerpts could misread this book as feminist preaching. Round characters, beautiful sentences, and a fantastic reader, to boot!

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By Michael Hirst on 07-28-16

A story all it's own, tying up loose threads

Loved it, an original story woven around familiar characters well told and read. Total contrast to the 'trilogy' it now concludes.

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By joe douglas on 01-02-18

The power of ordinary people.


I very much enjoyed these later chapters in the lives of fascinating people. Interesting to see the saga unfolding. It was lovely to hear the story so beautifully told too.

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By emmoff on 11-17-16

Brilliance from Le Guin

This isn't about powerful wizards and their quests. This is the woman's story, the mundane story after the heroic. A book about gender and power (and dragons), it completes the Earthsea series brilliantly. Truly powerful and sad.

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