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These five superlative, evocative and enchanting stories range from a few hundred years before A Wizard of Earthsea to just before The Other Wind, and feature some of Le Guin's most popular characters, including the Wizard Ged himself. The stories are rounded off with an essay about Earthsea's history and people. No Earthsea fan will want to be without this magical collection.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842552148
ISBN-10: 1842552147
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 133mm x 22mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Publish Date: 3-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Set in a world full of magic and dragons, with complex, believable characters and a real sense of the power of evil, Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea novels are not only classics in their own right but the precursors to many other fantasy stories for children. This collection of short stories is a complement to the existing books - A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu and The Other Wind. Each tale stands in its own right, but together they form bridges before and after the existing books. In 'The Finder', Medra becomes the doorkeeper of the newly established school of Roke that becomes so central to the later books. 'Darkrose and Diamond' is a love story that also shows wizards can have other lives than poring over their books while 'On the High Marsh' tells of the power of love in the reign of Ged, the Archmage of Earthsea. In 'The Bones of the Earth', Ged learns that being humble can make him very powerful, and in 'Dragonfly' Iria's story forges a link, a dragon bridge in fact, between Tehanu and The Other Wind. The last section of the book is a description of Earthsea, its people and its history. These are vivid and finely crafted additions to the saga, all written in Le Guin's familiar beautiful prose and bound to enthrall Earthsea fans of all ages. 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

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