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The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle)


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ISBN13: 9780689845369
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WHEN YOUNG TENAR is chosen as high priestess to the ancient and nameless Powers of the Earth, everything is taken away — home, family, possessions, even her name. For she is now Arha, the Eaten One, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan. While she is learning her way through the dark labyrinth, a young wizard, Ged, comes to steal the Tombs' greatest hidden treasure, the Ring of Erreth-Akbe. But Ged also brings with him the light of magic, and together, he and Tenar escape from the darkness that has become her domain. andlt;BRandgt; With millions of copies sold, andlt;bandgt;Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Cycleandlt;/bandgt; has earned a treasured place on the shelves of fantasy lovers everywhere. Complex, innovative, and deeply moral, this quintessential fantasy sequence has been compared with the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, and has helped make Le Guin one of the most distinguished fantasy and science fiction writers of all time. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


The first book in LeGuin's bestselling fantasy series introduces Tenar, a priestess who oversees the dark tombs. The young wizard Sparrowhawk comes to the tombs to steal back the valuable ring of Erreth-Akbe and rescue Tenar from danger. A Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book.

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Ursula K. Le Guin was born in 1929 in Berkeley, California. She has written more than a hundred short stories. Among her honors are a National Book Award, five Hugo and five Nebula awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Katherine Stuart, February 15, 2009 (view all comments by Katherine Stuart)
Tenar is chosen as a child to be High Priestess. She undergoes a ritual death and takes on her role of privilege and isolation and is an example of the ways in which darkness takes hold and perpetuates itself through ritual and tradition.

Le Guin writes a stark, austere story of a girl who lives a stark, austere life. A life lived in darkness until the strange sorcerer comes and lights the cavern where light is forbidden and she sees the beauty that has been withheld all these centuries.

In freeing the strange sorcerer Tenar not only frees herself from the darkness but she frees the hope and path to peace for all Earthsea. Le Guin’s pristine prose hides the darkness so that we do not know we have been buried until we see the light and feel the weight lifted. How much more perfectly can a story be told?
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Le Guin, Ursula K.
Simon Pulse
Guin, Ursula K. Le
New York, N.Y.
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Fantastic fiction
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Women priests.
Visionary & Metaphysics
Fantasy & Magic
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Fantasy - Epic
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Earthsea Cycle
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Publication Date:
September 2001
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from 7
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7 x 4.19 in 3.535 oz
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"Synopsis" by , The first book in LeGuin's bestselling fantasy series introduces Tenar, a priestess who oversees the dark tombs. The young wizard Sparrowhawk comes to the tombs to steal back the valuable ring of Erreth-Akbe and rescue Tenar from danger. A Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book.
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