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The wizard Alder comes from Roke to the island of Gont in search of the Archmage, Lord Sparrowhawk, once known as Ged. The man who was once the most powerful wizard in the Islands now lives with his wife Tenar and their adopted daughter Tehanu. Alder needs help: his beloved wife died and in his dreams she calls him to the land of the dead - and now the dead are haunting him, begging for release. He can no longer sleep, and the Wizards of Earthsea are worried. But there is more at stake than the unquiet rest of one minor wizard: for the dragons of Earthsea have arisen, to reclaim the lands that were once theirs. Only Tehanu, herself daughter of a dragon, can talk to them; it may be that Alder's dreams hold the key to the salvation of Earthsea and all the peoples who live there.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842552117
ISBN-10: 1842552112
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 135mm x 20mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Publish Date: 20-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » Ursula Le Guin has earned massive acclaim for her writing over the years, counting a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement among her trophies. This fifth novel in the wonderful Earthsea series will, like her other works, be enjoyed by fantasy fans of all ages. Alder, a stranger, the son of a witch, arrives in the bustling town of Gont Port, and the sailors with whom he has just shared a ship are only too delighted to see the back of him. As white sails billow in the breeze and the rough banter of the fish market sets the scene, we learn that this man brings trouble, and maybe even danger, to those he encounters. He is looking for the Archmage Sparrowhawk, a man who once spoke with dragons but who has lost his power, a man who 'has done with doing', who now ekes out a frugal life, shunned by his fellow villagers. Alder shares the burden of his dreams and soon has Sparrowhawk deeply worried about the consequences of the recurring nightmares from where the dead call out to threaten much of what he and the king had achieved many years before. Alder's quest takes him on through an intricately woven world, where he befriends the king, visits great cities and hears of how the dragons are once again restless and stirring up trouble. No detail is overlooked by Le Guin, a consummate story-teller, who fills Earthsea with Herbals and Summoners, true-names and user-names, Master Patterners, God-Kings and the threat of war. And once you've started on the pages that lie behind the detailed map of Earthsea, you'll feel compelled to read on to the very end. Ages 10+ (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the finest writers of our time. Her books have attracted millions of devoted readers and won many awards, including the National Book Award, the Hugo and Nebula Awards and a Newbery Honor. Among her novels, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed and the six books of Earthsea have attained undisputed classic status; and her recent series, the Annals of the Western Shore, has won her the PEN Center USA Children's literature award and the Nebula Award for best novel. In 2014 Ursula Le Guin was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Read more at http://sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/le_guin_ursula_k

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