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Ursula K. Le Guin
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1 July 2008 Annals of the Western Shore

The final part in the story that started with GIFTS, and the tale of Gry Barre of Roddmant and Orrec Caspro of Caspromant, two children with extraordinary powers.

They play a part in VOICES too, the sequel to GIFTS, in which Memer, a girl who has grown up in a captured city, is part of the people's fight for freedom.

And now, in POWERS, we have the conclusion to Ursula Le Guin's beautifully written, powerful and moving story of the Western Isles, a tale that will leave every reader begging for more.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842556312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842556313
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ursula Le Guin has won many awards, including a National Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Newbery Honor and the World Fantasy Award For Life Achievement.

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Told with shimmering lyricism, this coming-of-age saga will leave readers transformed (BOOKLIST)

a psychological novel for teenagers and adults using one young man's long adolescent trials to explore and illustrate some abstract but important themes. **** (BOOKS FOR KEEPS) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The final part of Le Guin's mesmerising Annals of the Western Isles

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 21 Sep 2007
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I kept glancing back at the cover when I started reading Ursula K. Le Guin's POWERS. It sounded so different from the EARTHSEA series that it didn't even seem like the same author. It was much longer and more personal than anything I had ever read from her before. But, as I read on, a lot of what I loved from older books, like the descriptions and the colorful characters, gradually surfaced here.

Set in a world much like Ancient Rome or Greece, this five-hundred page epic follows Gavir, a bright young boy who was stolen as a baby and sold into slavery. Unlike most slaves, Gav is comfortable and happy. He lives with a wealthy family along with his older sister, Sallo. Despite hearing rebellious talk from other slaves and seeing hints of cruelty from freemen, Gav is fiercely loyal to his house and city. His impeccable memory makes him the perfect candidate to be a future teacher for his house. He also has another remarkable ability, the power to see snippets of the future and the past. Unfortunately, his gift does not warn him of the tragedy that is to come. His trust in his masters is betrayed and, mad with grief, he flees home. As always, Ursula K. Le Guin tackles hard subjects such as slavery, culture clashes, and the definition of freedom in this coming-of-age novel.

Though it starts slowly initially, once it picks up POWERS will have readers engrossed. Magic takes a backseat in this fantasy. Here the adversaries are not magical, rarely evil, and purely human. One of the strongest points in this novel is that all characters big and small are well thought through and carefully drawn. The kind and brave aristocratic son Yaven, the hermit Cuga, and the charismatic rebel slave Barna are just a few.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Le Guin 16 Nov 2009
This is a fine story told, as one would expect from Le Guin, well. The ambiguities of freedom, responsibility, and slavery are explored. Extreme bullying, power, loyalty, love, childhood abuse and idyllic times are contrasted.
This is perhaps the weakest of the three 'Western Shore' books. It maybe that it tries to tell too much, and the three books should have been four, we can only wish for such ideals. It slips too far into stereotype and cliche to be as good as the preceding books. I would recommend it and if you read the first two books and enjoyed them you won't feel you have much choice.
The 'Annals' should be read in order but it is not essential and each stands alone as an individual novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another world that draws you in 12 Jan 2011
By B. Alai
Urusula le Guin's Annals of the Western Shore have drawn me in yet again to her fabulous story telling, teaching truths along the way. These three books make me feel like I am getting to know the history of a people and living it with them.

They are not really children's book, though children and young adults will enjoy them. I feel adults are likely to appreciate her wonderful style, full of ease and elegance, and well as the universal themes in them. Having said that - my kids will love reading these in a few years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powers (Annals of the Western Shore) 20 July 2009
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This is a great book. I was a bit sceptical about reading the last part of a trilogy before I'd read the other two books, but I was so impressed with the style of writing that I bought the others in the series. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves Fantasy stories, or anyone who wants to explore other genres of reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Writing style is just too vague. 22 Jun 2009
The author seems to tell a good tale but there is just no detail or real depth to the descriptions of the scenes. Found myself skipping bits.
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