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A new stage; some new magic and wisdom.....,
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This review is from: The Earthsea Cycle Tehanu: Book Four (Paperback)Some have said that this is an ill-fitting continuance to the first three books of Earthsea, but I do not agree. It's a new stage, as all of the books contain much wisdom within their differing stages, and this one succeeds just as well in carrying the characters where we left off, into new inner and outer territories....Earthsea is a proper saga, so here we are in safe hands, venturing believably and braced for insights into 'equilibrium'.
The story continues in the heart and mind of Tenar....of the Tombs.....
There may be less action here, and the theme is more feminine-orientated, but not jarringly so at all; this is a skilled writer who cares about her world. And beware, for here be dragons again! The books were never really about shallow action anyway, (left more to the imagination) but more about self-containment; inner being and harmony, with ideas about male and female energies, and believable motives for evil & ignorance.
The mature magic of this earthy book lies rooted in the practicalities of the world, and this book re-iterates this, whilest still being satisfying and accessible to read.....classic.