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Os Túmulos de Atuan ❁ [EPUB] ✹ Os Túmulos de Atuan By Ursula K. Le Guin ➚ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Cover artist A Pedro O Ciclo de Terramar, tantas vezes comparada a cl ssicos como O Senhor dos An is de JRR Tolkien, traz fantasia e fic o cient fica uma nova sensibilidade e um n mero de admir veis, Cover artist A Pedro O Ciclo de Terramar, tantas vezes comparada a cl ssicos como O Senhor dos An is de JRR Tolkien, traz fantasia e fic o cient fica uma nova sensibilidade e um n mero de admir veis, impressionantes e simp ticas personagens uma tetralogia magn fica uma saga admir vel que despoleta com O Feiticeiro e a Sombra livro premiado com o Boston Globe Horn Book Award of Excellence dee continua com a publica o de Os T mulos de Atuan Os Túmulos Epub / O universo destas narrativas envolve nos, desde o princ pio, numa atmosfera m gica e deveras inquietanteEste segundo volume uma obra onde impera o suspense, os encontros m sticos, os horrores inomin veis, mas tamb m o sentido de humor neste cen rio que os destinos dos her is, Tenar e Gued, ir o entrecuzar se Tenar, a grande sacerdotisa, uma crian a que foi despojada da pr pria identidade e afastada da fam lia para se dedicar s entidades do al m Aqueles Que N o T m Nome, as for as misteriosas dos t mulos de Atuan Ged, o jovem feiticeiro, o bravo her i que arrisca a vida no labirinto proibido em busca do grande tesouro, o famoso Anel de Erreth Akbe Ao mesmo tempo, tamb m sua miss o libertar Tenar daquele local tenebrosoEsta tetralogia considerada uma das maiores cria es da literatura fant stica, quer pela beleza formal quer pela sensibilidade e sabedoria emanadas pelas personagens O Ciclo de Terramar , sem d vida, uma das obras mais marcantes do percurso liter rio de Ursula K Le Guin.


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  1. Jacob Jacob says:

    June 2012I want to give this five stars, but I m afraid one of the next ones will be even better, and my attempts to rate it higher will cause Goodreads to implode Or something.On second thought, no Five stars Let s do this thing.You ve probably read or heard somewhere that you can put a frog it s a frog, right in a pot of water and set it on a stove, and the frog will never notice what s happening until it s too late So they say Well, Ursula K Le Guin writes like that you open the boo June 2012I want to give this five stars, but I m afraid one of the next ones will be even better, and my attempts to rate it higher will cause Goodreads to implode Or something.On second thought, no Five stars Let s do this thing.You ve probably read or heard somewhere that you can put a frog it s a frog, right in a pot of water and set it on a stove, and the frog will never notice what s happening until it s too late So they say Well, Ursula K Le Guin writes like that you open the book thinking you re going for a swim, and you never notice the water getting hotter until it burns She ll boil you alive, Le Guin will and she ll do it with words.Well, put another pot on, woman I m ready to be cooked


  2. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    The first few chapters of this were a real chore They were confusing and dull However, out of the darkness of those chapters, and out of the depths of the labyrinth, came a story of redemption, human suffering and a will, a will to overcome great evil when succumbing to the darkness would have been a much easier path to walkYou must make a choice Either you must leave me, lock the door, go up to your alters and give me to your masters then go to the Princess Kossil and make your peace wit The first few chapters of this were a real chore They were confusing and dull However, out of the darkness of those chapters, and out of the depths of the labyrinth, came a story of redemption, human suffering and a will, a will to overcome great evil when succumbing to the darkness would have been a much easier path to walkYou must make a choice Either you must leave me, lock the door, go up to your alters and give me to your masters then go to the Princess Kossil and make your peace with her and that is the end of the story or, you must unlock the door, and go out of it, with me Leave the tombs, leave Atuan, and come with me oversea And that is the beginning of the storyIt was a shame about the beginning, but the rest of the novelthan made up for it That quote gave me tingles when I read it Artha is a young priestess of the undying power that is shadow She reluctantly carries out her duties of ritualistic dance, prayer and the murder of anyone who enters the darkness of the Labyrinth She doesn t directly kill the unfortunate wonderers, but she leaves them die of exposure nonetheless when she could easily save them There s no life in the darkness and certainly nothing to sustain it So you re as good as dead if you enter, and even deader if a priestess imprisons you in a part of the catacombs It s all doom and gloom until a familiar face turns Artha s life around It s odd to talk about such strong character development in a novel this short, but Artha completely changes She gradually sees the evil of her situation, and that none of it is of her doing She sees that she is as much a victim as any of the wonderers The familiar face she encounters is a powerful namer, he is a wizard of both name and reputation, and he knows how to break the binding darkness he knows how to save the young girl he knows to remind her of her own name, her true name, and exactly who she is in the process Fast and eloquent writingThe Earth is beautiful, and bright, and kindly, but that is not all The Earth is also terrible, and dark, and cruel The rabbit shrieks dying in the green meadows The mountains clench their great hands full of hidden fire There are sharks in the sea, and there is cruelty in men s eyes Le Guin doesn t piss about She has a story and she tells it Her narration is minimalistic and basic, but it carries with it such depth and feeling She can achieve a lot in just a few words the whole mood of the story shifts in just a few chapters yet, it s appropriately done I m normally an advocate of drawn out plot and lengthy characterisation points lovingly at my Robin Hobb bookshelf but Le Guin does what she does just as well It s odd Le Guin can do what other novelists do in six times the word count Her writing is fast, engaging and excellent This is the perfect series for those that want a fantasy hit, but don t want to be dragged down with pages, and pages, of lengthy storytelling I also liked the shift of narrators it added a littleflavour the Earthsea world I think it would have been predictable, and perhaps easy, had Ged been the narrator at the start By shifting the story around I got to see the world from the perspective of a much darker character I liked the way this was done even if it was a little bewildering at the start Earthsea Cycle1 A Wizard of Earthsea Four worthy stars 2 The Tombs of Atuan A redeeming four stars 3 The Farthest Shore A strong four stars


  3. Brad Brad says:

    Half way through reading The Tombs of Atuan, I was sitting downstairs playing my xBox late at night when I heard voices drifting down from upstairs I sat and listened to the door muffled murmurs of Milo Bront , but I couldn t make out what they were saying Usually I d just call up to them and tell them it was time to shoosh and go to sleep, but I was curious to figure out what they were talking about Even obscured I could tell it wasn t the usual joke fest or scary story, there was somethi Half way through reading The Tombs of Atuan, I was sitting downstairs playing my xBox late at night when I heard voices drifting down from upstairs I sat and listened to the door muffled murmurs of Milo Bront , but I couldn t make out what they were saying Usually I d just call up to them and tell them it was time to shoosh and go to sleep, but I was curious to figure out what they were talking about Even obscured I could tell it wasn t the usual joke fest or scary story, there was something different about this talk What was different, it turned out, was that Milo was Ged and Bront was Tenar, and they were in the dark room of the Great Treasure, playing the Tombs of Atuan They re still seven, only just, and there they were, late in the night, in their bunkbeds, improvising a discussion between the Eaten One and Sparrowhawk I decided to let them play, so I left them undisturbed and went back to my game A few days later, I was working in my office and I heard Milo outside my door talking to Vetch from A Wizard of Earthsea He was playing Ged again.Weird as this may sound, it makes me incredibly proud of them There is no big Hollywood movie with toys and a marketing campaign to nudge my kids in this direction There is no cultural weight to lead them into playing at Ged and Tenar There is only the words of one of our greatest authors, Ursula K Le Guin and the voice I added to the books That s it, but it was enough Great literature has that power Please read this to your kids whomever you may be It will be with them always


  4. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Tombs of Atuan The Earthsea Cycle, 2 , Ursula K Le GuinThe Tombs of Atuan is a fantasy novel by the American author Ursula K Le Guin, first published in the Winter 1970 issue of Worlds of Fantasy, and published as a book by Atheneum Books in 1971 It is the second book in the Earthsea series after A Wizard of Earthsea 1969 The Tombs of Atuan follows the story of Tenar, a young girl born in the Kargish empire, who is taken while still a child to be the high priestess to the Nameless O The Tombs of Atuan The Earthsea Cycle, 2 , Ursula K Le GuinThe Tombs of Atuan is a fantasy novel by the American author Ursula K Le Guin, first published in the Winter 1970 issue of Worlds of Fantasy, and published as a book by Atheneum Books in 1971 It is the second book in the Earthsea series after A Wizard of Earthsea 1969 The Tombs of Atuan follows the story of Tenar, a young girl born in the Kargish empire, who is taken while still a child to be the high priestess to the Nameless Ones at the Tombs of Atuan Her existence at the Tombs is a lonely one, deepened by the isolation of being the highest ranking priestess Her world is disrupted by the arrival of Ged, the protagonist of A Wizard of Earthsea, who seeks to steal the half of a talisman buried in the treasury of the Tombs Tenar traps him in the labyrinth under the Tombs, but then rebels against her teaching and keeps him alive Through him she learnsof the outside world, and begins to question her faith in the Nameless Ones and her place at the Tombs 20081386 263 9789645365835 9789645362780 20 1970 1971 18 03 1399


  5. Apatt Apatt says:

    When I first tried reading this in my teens I could not manage to go beyond 50 pages because I wanted Ged AKA Sparrowhawk , the hero of the previous volume A Wizard of Earthsea, to show up and follow him on new adventures What I found instead was a story of an entirely new protagonist, a young girl called Tenar who lives an oppressive life on the island of Atuan Young fool that I was, I did not read on to the middle of the book where Ged does show up foradventures though this time as th When I first tried reading this in my teens I could not manage to go beyond 50 pages because I wanted Ged AKA Sparrowhawk , the hero of the previous volume A Wizard of Earthsea, to show up and follow him on new adventures What I found instead was a story of an entirely new protagonist, a young girl called Tenar who lives an oppressive life on the island of Atuan Young fool that I was, I did not read on to the middle of the book where Ged does show up foradventures though this time as the secondary character If I had waited I would have realized this second volume of the Earthsea trilogy is even better than the first Ged and Tenar Art by Leo and Diane Dillon The pacing of The Tombs of Atuan is muchstaid than A Wizard of Earthsea, much of the first half of book is spent on fairly elaborate world building, developing the insular, claustrophobic setting of Atuan LeGuin s skill with character development and the eloquence of her prose maintains my interest during the slower paced early part of the book Tenar is a fine character, intelligent, resilient and resourceful I love how her character develops as she gradually realizes the truth about the things she has dedicated her life to serve and worship However, for me, Ged is like the battery that powers the plot of the story Le Guin really switches to second gear as soon as he suddenly pops up, the story gallops on from that point.This book is much darker andmature than A Wizard of Earthsea, the scenes in the pitch dark of the Labyrinth is highly evocative and a little creepy I was reading this on a sunny afternoon and I could still feel the creeping darkness, thank God for Ged s enfeebled mage light Even though the big bad Nameless Ones never really come out of the shadow to show us some dripping fangs, cyclopean eyes, tentacles and such, Le Guin still manages to make their evil quite palpable.OK, I don t want to write a long review for such a short book, so short that I am still hankering for someEarthsea time, so now I am busy reading the third volume The Farthest Shore Update After finishing The Farthest Shore I believe this is my favorite book of the original trilogy I just love the dark, claustrophobic atmosphere in this one Looking at a few other reviews it seems to be a fan favorite also.Interesting French cover


  6. Bradley Bradley says:

    This is a very fine fantasy I say fine because it evokes many great labyrinthian images, old, old traditions of sacrifice to the Dark Old Ones, and eventually, freedom from the same.There s a lot of beauty here, and while I didn t love it on quite the same scale as Ged s original journey in the first book, it s mainly because I liked the core theme better.Other readers will absolutely take out of this book different layers I can say that confidently because there are some really beautiful and This is a very fine fantasy I say fine because it evokes many great labyrinthian images, old, old traditions of sacrifice to the Dark Old Ones, and eventually, freedom from the same.There s a lot of beauty here, and while I didn t love it on quite the same scale as Ged s original journey in the first book, it s mainly because I liked the core theme better.Other readers will absolutely take out of this book different layers I can say that confidently because there are some really beautiful and clear layers interwoven here.The past and the evil in the past can be broken and escaped That which was broken can be renewed.And what s , so much of it has to do with our own perceptions Of course, isn t it always Our MC is the high priestess of an ancient cult and Ged does show up halfway It s really quite amusing to see just how easily she toys with the poor greatest wizard , but I admit to liking this book a lotafter that point It s really something else to see how clear and easy this is to read compared to a lot of modern fantasy and it s eveninteresting because it stands up to the test of time Le Guin definitely has great skill


  7. Bionic Jean Bionic Jean says:

    The Tombs of Atuan by the American author Ursula K Le Guin, was originally published in 1971 It is the second book in herEarthseaseries of fantasy books, which began withA Wizard of Earthseain 1969 Yet The Tombs of Atuan has never achieved the same popularity as its predecessor, and is often thought a lesser novel I read each ofThe Earthsea Trilogyin turn, shortly after their first publication, but could remember little about The Tombs of Atuan now How glad I am that I have come The Tombs of Atuan by the American author Ursula K Le Guin, was originally published in 1971 It is the second book in herEarthseaseries of fantasy books, which began withA Wizard of Earthseain 1969 Yet The Tombs of Atuan has never achieved the same popularity as its predecessor, and is often thought a lesser novel I read each ofThe Earthsea Trilogyin turn, shortly after their first publication, but could remember little about The Tombs of Atuan now How glad I am that I have come to read it again, after so many decades It is an extraordinary work a subtle and finely nuanced masterpiece, packed with atmosphere and symbolismIn the great Treasury of the Tombs of Atuan, time did not pass No light no life no least stir of spider in the dust or worm in the cold earth Rock, and dark, and time not passing The Tombs of Atuan feels like a completion of the first book, although there were to be fourin total three after the initial trilogy The first two feel like two halves of the same tale, complementing, contrasting fitting snugly together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle In the first book we viewed Ged objectively from the outside, but in The Tombs of Atuan we are very aware of the protagonist Tenar s inner feelings and thoughts thus outside and inside viewpoints form a complete picture.The equilibrium of Earthsea itselfThe world is in balance To light a candle is to cast a shadow is exemplified by these two novels they are perfectly balanced Yin and yang Both parts are necessaryA Wizard of Earthseais essentially a bildungsroman, about a young boy, Ged, who has magic powers We follow his voyages all over the archipelago of Earthsea, and the distant lands, learning all about the many islands, cultures, languages and races And we see Ged s struggles both with himself, and with the forces of magic, both for good and for evil The Tombs of Atuan is also a coming of age story, but in contrast, is set almost wholly in a very small area of one city, in one of the outlying islands in the Kargish empire In addition, the protagonist is not a young boy with red brown skin, open to ideas and keen to learn all he can, but a young girl with white skin, severely restricted in her thinking, and determined to follow a hard and cruel tradition in a closed religious sect Both are proud and arrogant in their youth, though feeling insecure in their roles, but their experiences their worlds are far apart.The Tombs of Atuan follows the story of Tenar, who was born on the Kargish island of Atuan Because she had been born on the day that the high priestess of the Tombs of Atuan had died, the other priestesses believe Tenar to be her latest incarnation They watch Tenar until she reaches the age of five, when she is taken from her family, to be trained as the high priestess to theNameless Ones , unseen formless dark powers, at the tombs on the islandthe throne was empty Nothing sat in it but shadows The nameTenaris taken from her in a ceremony involving a symbolic sacrifice, and she is now called simplyArha , meaningthe one who has been devoured , or theEaten OneArha is now consecrated to the service of the Nameless Ones and receives instruction in how to dedicate her life to them, through intricate ceremonies and duties, which she increasingly believes she is remembering from her previous many incarnationsAll human beings were forever reborn, but only she, Arha, was reborn forever as herself Because she is so young, Arha needs caring for, and a eunuch called Manan has been chosen to nurture her The two develop an affectionate bond nevertheless, Arha s childhood is very lonely, as she lives apart from all the others Her only friend is Penthe, a priestess of her own age Arha receives instruction at the hands of Thar and Kossil, the priestesses of the two other major deities, who outwardly treat her with great respect, because of her position Arha questions nothing, although the regime is strict, and the environment sterile and static, allowing for no growth She tries to learn and remember her unique role as the highest ranking priestess.Thar tells Arha of the underground passages and rooms the labyrinth beneath the Tombs, teaching her how to find her way around them Arha spends much of her life underground in the maze of catacombs, groping to find the way, which in the most part is a secret known only to herself memorising the routes and passages where all light is forbidden, even to herTouch was one s whole guidance one could not see the way but held it in one s hands Here there was no wind, no season it was close, it was still, it was safe Thar tells Arha of view spoiler treasure which is hidden within the labyrinth, and which wizards from the archipelago have tried to steal hide spoiler reminding her that there are unbelievers who can work magicthe Wizards of the West can raise and still the winds, and make them blow whither they will it is said they can make light at will, and darkness and change rock to diamonds and lead to gold at least in seeming When she becomes fourteen, Arha takes on the full responsibilities of her position, as the highest ranked priestess in the Tombs Yet for all her apparent power, her life is stifled by meaningless rituals, and by the pettiness of older, ambitious priestesses, who arebitter and resentful of their very limited lives, and her privileged status One in particular, view spoiler Kossil, though High Priestess of the GodKing, hide spoiler in realityholds nothing sacred but power .Arha has now become inured to the casual cruelty of the blood sacrifices, and regards it as her duty to work out the most cruel and appropriate punishments for transgressors Nobles who defy the GodKing, are sentenced to a death which is of as much political as religious value, and are sent to the Place of the Tombs to be human sacrifices view spoiler She orders prisoners who had been sent to the Tombs by the GodKing of the Kargad lands, to be killed by starvation However, this is to haunt her for a long time, and very probably influences her later treatment of Ged Thar eventually dies of old age, and Arha becomes increasingly isolated, as her other tutor, Kossil, despises Arha s privileged position, seeing her as a threat to Kossil s own power Increasingly Kossil seems to disbelieve in the power of the Nameless Onesto her the temples were dark holes in the ground, terrible but empty She would do away with the worship of the Empty Throne, if she could She would do away with the First Priestess, if she dared And this is reflected in Arha s first glimmering of thoughts and doubts about the beliefs she has been inculcated in She begins to question and search for the truth hide spoiler There is no magic in the tombs of Atuan, merely a series of closely guarded rituals The community is isolated from the rest of Earthsea, viewing any mention of magic as blasphemy, and the Hardic folk as evil sorcerers Anyone from the inner lands in turn, views Kargish peoples as barbarians Not only do those in the Kargad lands have a distinct culture, and language, but they do not read or use written language, considering this to be evil.Thus the darkness of the tombs of Atuan covers farthan a simple lack of light It is a closed, claustrophobic, deeply oppressed existence, with a rigid class system and cruel savage religion Is is a small part of a wider society, the Kargad empire, which is depicted as militant, and patriarchal This society neither believes in the equilibrium, which the rest of Earthsea believes in, nor has any belief in magic It is a theocracy, with a monarch, the GodKing, who claims to represent the power of the Nameless Onesthe powers of the dark, of ruin, of madness .We see that Tenar, as the high priestess, rules over an order of lesser priestesses who do her bidding, but all are in service to the Nameless Ones and their GodKing It is interesting that as early as 1971, a female author noted for Science Fiction and Fantasy, which is unusual in itself , chose to portray a female protagonist, with a largely female set of characters Both are against type, and much has been made of this, just asA Wizard of Earthseais sometimes criticised for having few female characters Interesting, yes, but perhaps only as a statistic.Speaking for myself, I am always relieved when the writing is gender free, as invariably I know that if I can tell that the author is female, and has a female voice or male, and sees things from a man s point of view , it is a book I will not enjoy I usually discover either that it has an agenda, or that it is fitting into a jaded genre In a similar way, my personal feeling is that both these main characters Ged, and Tenar, are fairly interchangeable Their gender is in no way what the novels are about.The aspects of the characters which interest us are are their capacity for growth, and self knowledge their search for identity, how they move on from their individual difficulties each is immensely proud initially about the human qualities they learn to value, and about their tremendous struggles with good and evil.Just less than half way through the book, Arha has an encounter which will challenge her entire belief system, and her place in the world of Earthsea The labyrinth under the Tombs is depicted asthe very heart of darknessa place where light is forbidden At the same time, it is decreedno man can enter the Dark Places of the TombsArha witnesses both sacrilege and defilement, view spoiler as she glimpses a male intruder in the labyrinth under the Tombs.This is actually Ged, the protagonist ofA Wizard of Earthsea , now a little older and wiser Arha successfully traps him in the labyrinth, and watches as he tried to escape by using a spell Realising that he must be a wizard, she is intrigued enough to rebel against her teaching, and keep him alive Through him she learnsof the outside world, and begins to question her faith in the Nameless Ones, and her role at the Tombs Whereas she used to shy away from using a single candle flame in the labyrinth, she now sees hide spoilerthe great vaulted cavern beneath the Tombstones, not hollowed by man s hand but by the powers of the Earth It was jewelled with crystals and ornamented with pinnacles and filigree of white limestone where the waters under earth had worked, aeons since immense, with glittering roof and walls, sparkling, delicate, intricate, a palace of diamonds, a house of amethyst and crystal from which the ancient darkness had been driven out by gloryview spoiler As the two grow to trust each other, Ged tells Arha that he is looking for the other half of a magical talisman the long lost half of the ring of Erreth Akbe It is necessary to restore peace in Earthsea, but had been broken and lost centuries before Ged has one half, from a chance encounter inA Wizard of Earthsea , and he has learned its history from a dragon The other half was believed to be buried in the Treasury of the Tombs hide spoiler Arha knows that all she is doing in forbidden, and fears for her lifeAs she stumbled forward she cried out in her mind, which was as dark, as shaken as the subterranean vault, Forgive me O my Masters, O unnamed ones, most ancient ones, forgive me, forgive me There was no answer There had never been an answer She is advised by Manan not to pursue this any longer, for her own safety view spoiler Arha gradually learnsof the truth about the outside world from Ged, keeping him prisoner in the tombs and bringing him food and water Once Kossil learns of Ged s existence, she forcefully insists to Arha that be Ged has to be sacrificed to the Nameless Ones Her conscience now badly troubled, Arha tells Manan to dig a false grave underground, while she herself takes Ged to hide in the treasury of the Tombs.Arha is learningandabout the world outside, and about Ged s powers Ged even tells Arha her true name, Tenar.When Arha and Kossil have a public falling out, in which Kossil says that nobody believes in the Nameless Ones any , Arha is trapped into using the traditional responses, and curses her in the name of the Nameless Ones But secretly, she is beginning to doubt whether they have any power, and isin fear of Kossil herself, whom she knows will now be determined to kill her.Ged and Tenar now have both halves of Erreth Akbe s ring, and increasingly help and rely on each other On learning Tenar s plight, Ged advises that she must either kill him or escape with him Ged reaffirms the power of the Nameless Ones, saying that they demand her service, but give nothing, and create nothing in return He even tells her his own true name, Ged, the most precious gift one can give in the world of Earthsea, in return for the trust she has shown him hide spoiler We see asubtle, internal struggle with The Tombs of Atuan s protagonist than inA Wizard of EarthseaTenar is arevolutionary character than Ged, as she rebels and struggles against the confines of her social role Yet they both share elements of the story of an heroic quest, and work against type, exploring issues of race, political systems, anthropology and culture, and one having a female main character From the author s own remarks, this subversion of some of the tropes common to the genre of fantasy at the time, was quite deliberate Her exploration of religious themes, ethical questions and gender issues within the framework of The Tombs of Atuan, is quite remarkable.It is perhaps inevitable that Tenar will want to view spoiler escape from her incarceration, and the description of the two assisting each other is perfectly made Ged is stumbling effectively blind in some caves, and Tenar helps to lead him out through the labyrinth She has spent virtually her whole life here, and is confident within these dark confines Her aiding Ged through the dark is a metaphor for his own state of ignorance he too is still learning, and not yet at the height of his powers Later Ged is to lead Tenar into the outside world It is a perfect juxtaposition and example of how both are needed The two help each other, putting trust in each other, in order to achieve the good endI thought also of another thing between us Call it trust That is one of its names It is a very great thing Though each of us alone is weak, having that we are strong, stronger than the powers of the dark The climax before the end is a powerful piece of writing, as the tombs begin to collapse in on themselves Ged has been holding off the power of the Nameless Ones, but hide spoiler it is now clear to Tenar that there is a very real power for evilShe did feel it A dark hand had let go its lifelong hold upon her heart But she did not feel joy, as she had in the mountains She put her head down in her arms and cried, and her cheeks were salt and wet She cried for the waste of her years in bondage to a useless evil She wept in pain, because she was free Tenar now feels bereft, and cannot see forward, keenly feeling the loss of her identity It is a difficult task to abandon everything one has ever known, to rebel against the very society that nurtured her But she now saw it as a stifling dogma, which had conditioned her beliefs and understanding of the world view spoiler Together she and Ged travel to the coast where his boat is hidden She is briefly possessed by a malevolent force once , and feels an urge to kill Ged for destroying her life However she overcomes this, and Ged offers to take her to meet Ogion, who helped him realise his own destiny Tenar agrees, and they sail to Havnor, bearing the talisman, the ring of Erreth Akbe, newly restored to its whole, and the people receive them triumphantly hide spoiler Both these first Earthsea novels are quite short, but rich in imagery and ideas Just as inA Wizard of Earthsea , the writing is spare, with no excess, but the language is lyrical, so we find beautiful evocative passages in The Tombs of Atuan too The description of the labyrinths, and of the oppressive regime, are very claustrophobic, and the later passages feel wonderfully fresh and open in contrast This part was apparently was inspired by the Oregon deserts in her creation of Atuan, the author saying it was a similarly harsh and hauntingly beautiful landscapeIt was evening The sun was down behind the mountains that loomed close and high to westward, but its afterglow filled all earth and sky a vast, clear, wintry sky, a vast, barren, golden land of mountains and wide valleys The wind was down It was cold, and absolutely silent Nothing moved The leaves of the sagebrushes nearby were dry and grey, the stalks of tiny dried up desert herbs prickled her hand The huge silent glory of light burned on every twig and withered leaf and stem, on the hills, in the air It is a beautifully balanced book a book to make us feel, and to make us thinkThe Earth is beautiful, and bright, and kindly, but that is not all The Earth is also terrible, and dark, and cruel The rabbit shrieks dying in the green meadows The mountains clench their great hands full of hidden fire There are sharks in the sea, and there is cruelty in men s eyes In both novels the protagonists feel an internal conflict, and learn to discover new ways of thinking and being Their heroic quests are also both journeys of maturation, and in The Tombs of Atuan Tenar has profound regrets, and begins to understand that genuine freedom will be difficult, with many burdens and responsibilities She has had power in her own sphere from the age of six has known her gods, and their holy places for a very long time Tenar has taken charge of her own destiny as it was laid down, from very early in the story Because of this, the outcome of the story feels farlike a conscious decision, rather than something that simply happens to her She shows great courage.The novel has a powerful sense of place, set in claustrophobic catacombs, and as we read we see that the darkness of the labyrinth is also a metaphor for ignorance, fear, and sterility Yet although there seems to have been so much waste, cruelty and oppression, in the end there is much hope of enlightenment view spoilerListen Tenar Heed me You were the vessel for evil The evil is poured out It is done It is buried in its own tomb You were never made for cruelty and darkness you were made to hold light, as a lamp burning holds and gives it light I found the lamp unlit I won t leave it on some desert island like a thing found and cast away I ll take you to Havnor and say to the princes of Earthsea, Look In the place of darkness I found the light, her spirit By her an old evil was brought to nothing By her I was brought out of the grave By her the broken was made whole, and where there was hatred there will be peacehide spoiler Living, being in the world, was a much greater and stranger thing than she had ever dreamed What she had begun to learn was the weight of liberty Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake It is not easy It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one The road goes upward towards the light but the laden traveller may never reach the end of it


  8. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Alone, no one wins freedomThe Tombs of Atuan I adore Le Guin s voice and her soul I hate fantasy Or, rather, I have told that to SO many people I believe it is true But, I make exceptions Le Guin could have writen self help and business books and I d gladly read them She was a feminist, but unafraid to write a book both with a female lead, and a female lead who is helped by a man wizard She is interested in power, in evil, in humanity, in big questions and nuanced answers Her proseAlone, no one wins freedomThe Tombs of Atuan I adore Le Guin s voice and her soul I hate fantasy Or, rather, I have told that to SO many people I believe it is true But, I make exceptions Le Guin could have writen self help and business books and I d gladly read them She was a feminist, but unafraid to write a book both with a female lead, and a female lead who is helped by a man wizard She is interested in power, in evil, in humanity, in big questions and nuanced answers Her prose is very good, but her characters are amazing She recognized, I believe, that the secret to writing about strength is to write about weakness Just like the secret to writing about light is to write about darkness This isn t one of her GREAT novels, but I might even change my mind about that, if the ideas in this book are still pounding around in the labrynths of my brain in a couple weeks I might need to give this book 5 stars just to escape it Monuments by Kappifern


  9. Tim Tim says:

    If you read my review of the previous novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, you will know I was not enad with it You will note that I did not say it was bad, far from it I respected the hell out of that book for many of the things it did, but I did not personally care much for it I went ahead and read the second book because I felt like, to a certain extent, I must be missing something I think it is no exaggeration to say that Earthsea is one of the most loved Fantasy series, having clearly inspi If you read my review of the previous novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, you will know I was not enad with it You will note that I did not say it was bad, far from it I respected the hell out of that book for many of the things it did, but I did not personally care much for it I went ahead and read the second book because I felt like, to a certain extent, I must be missing something I think it is no exaggeration to say that Earthsea is one of the most loved Fantasy series, having clearly inspired many works and having endured strong since the late 60s What was it that captured imaginations but did nothan gently tap mine Was it the younger reader aspect Was this a series that one needed to read at a young age and then let nostalgia keep fresh It is at times like this that I actually hate that our star rating is listed before the review, as anyone with a casual glance can say, Yes Tim, enough with the dramatics, we can see the four stars Tell us why you liked this one better Sigh Star ratings just have no flare for the dramatic Yes, I liked this one better A lot better Where I respected the first book, I couldn t say that I found it enjoyable This one I can say both This one is something of a minor masterpiece in my eyes This one corrects literally every issue I had with the last Here we get to know our characterspersonally we are let into their lives rather than kept at a distance There is fardevelopment than I was an arrogant kid and then grew up yes, I know that s a slight exaggeration but not much of one Here I actually really cared about what was going on.The book is short, at only 212 pages in my edition This works both in its favor and against it On one hand, the story, if we really get down to it, could be summed up in a few sentences Really, not much goes on from a plot assessment In fact, if we only focus on plot, the book could have ended something like 20 pages earlier from a traditional narrative perspective I will even confess that as I read the last two chapters, I had a metaphoric raised eyebrow wondering why the hell we were getting essentially an extended epilogue Was this really needed Oh, my yes, yes it was The first book was a hero s journey A lesson learned, darkness vanquished, let s go home triumphant This one is almost entirely an enteral struggle with a fantasy story happening around it This is the story of someone who has literally lost everything, including her name, and seeing if she s willing to lose what little security she has for, not the guarantee, but the mere possibility of something better This is an emotional story, and one presented in a young adult friendly fashion, while letting those of us who are older see the darker side, the story told from the shadows and between the lines The ending section, in my opinion, is what redeems the entire story aspect and raises it to that minor masterpiece status.Now, ignoring this, I would still say I liked this book better, even if it didn t have the emotional impact though I assure you, I m so very glad it did Why World building The world of the previous novel was interesting, but with the second book Le Guin cemented herself as one of the best in terms of world building She expands upon concepts mentioned in the previous book and plays with them in interesting ways This one takes place on a different island, in a different country and as such we see a completely different perspective We see the world through other eyes with a vastly altered view from the previous book The world is built up in so many interesting, but small ways, such as the rituals in the temple performed, but never fully explained, as much of the reasons for them have been lost to time I complained in my last review that the book seemed almost like a textbook, too distanced, now I almost feel like I would happily read a full history of the world presented here.And that my friends, is the highest compliment I can give a fantasy novel in terms of world building.A solid 4.5 5 stars and a high recommendation


  10. Manuel Antão Manuel Antão says:

    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Scope Review Earthsea Trilogy Only in silence the word,Only in dark the light,Only in dying life Bright the hawk s flightOn the empty sky Yin Yang I honestly don t remember a time when I wasn t obsessed with reading and collecting books I d define childhood as a never ending vacation A weekend without a week following and reading time everlasting I still remember the never ending days of my childhood My first date My first ki If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Scope Review Earthsea Trilogy Only in silence the word,Only in dark the light,Only in dying life Bright the hawk s flightOn the empty sky Yin Yang I honestly don t remember a time when I wasn t obsessed with reading and collecting books I d define childhood as a never ending vacation A weekend without a week following and reading time everlasting I still remember the never ending days of my childhood My first date My first kiss My first endless book infatuations One of my favourite childhood memory was when I was twelve years old with my Grandmother Gl ria at home and me reading to her O Feiticeiro de Terramar A Wizard of Earthsea The rest of this review can be found elsewhere


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