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Summary

The third book of Earthsea in a beautiful hardback edition. Complete the collection with A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan and Tehanu.  

Darkness threatens to overtake Earthsea: the world and its wizards are losing their magic. Despite being wearied with age, Ged Sparrowhawk - Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord - embarks on a daring, treacherous journey, accompanied by Enlad's young Prince Arren, to discover the reasons behind this devastating pattern of loss. Together they will sail to the farthest reaches of their world - even beyond the realm of death - as they seek to restore magic to a land desperately thirsty for it.  

©2019 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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"[This] trilogy made me look at the world in a new way, imbued everything with a magic that was so much deeper than the magic I'd encountered before then. This was a magic of words, a magic of true speaking." (Neil Gaiman)

"Drink this magic up. Drown in it. Dream it." (David Mitchell) 

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Keeps getting better!

Earthsea must of been the inspiration for so many other books. I thought I'd skipped a book at first as it starts off with new characters and I couldn't see how it follows on from the last book. Before long the story falls into place leaving me thinking "Arr I see what's happening now" can't wait to listen to book 4

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A Classic superbly read.

A Classic superbly read. There is really no need to say anything more is there?

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Excellent writing and performance

Very interesting concept, a good third book in the series. Newest character is very likeable

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Incredible narration of an incredible book

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is one of the most interesting and unique narrators I have ever had the pleasure of listening to - a true actor. And what a joy it has been hearing him bring Le Guin’s marvellous story to life. Pure magic.

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amazing book

loved the book. sometimes when Ged is speaking it was hard to hear the word but the narration is amazing. worth every moment

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Worth the wait

The description of Earth-Sea is so breath taking, I could vividly see every island, rock and wave. As all previous books this starts off with a slow pace - fully immersing the listener. Cried a few times- both in sadness and in joy. Marvelous.

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Magic at it's best

Loved reading this story as a young adult - immensely enjoyed listening to it again as an old man. Very well narrated. Ursula K Le Guin's magic universe is deep, poetic and somehow more dignified. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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up there with the best

the whole series has been one of my favourite listens so far, up there with the lord of the rings trilogy!

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Another nice addition to earthsea

Another good story in the same style as the first two.

Narration as fine, but felt a little overwrought in places, and due to the slightly breathy style wasn't as clear as some other books, meaning it was harder to listen to in noisy environments such as while driving.

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Great book

The narration was excellent. I really enjoyed listening to it. Would thoroughly recommend anyone to get this.

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Prose, plot and powerful performance

Le Guin was an artist who wrote 📚- If you just want a simple story told with just enough skill to mystify you without overwhelming the fantasy palate with unnecessary elements, Le Guin's first three Earthsea book is for you. Especially The Farthest Shore, which is more "mature" than the first two and enriched with gorgeous passages. Her style is brilliant. The Narrator KHS was a bit too whispery for the Archmage at times, which is not so bad as to send it back but buyer beware, you might turn it up to hear Ged only to cringe at Aaron's childish voice. Narrator could improve in terms of dynamics but he has an awesome voice perfect for storytelling 👏🏻