Often compared to Tolkien
's Middle-earth or Lewis's Narnia, Ursula K. Le Guin's Earth
sea is a stunning fantasy world that grabs quickly at our hearts, pulling us deeply into its imaginary realms. Four books (A Wizard of Earthsea
, The Tombs of Atuan
, The Farthest Shore
, and Tehanu
) tell the whole Earthsea cycle--a tale about a reckless, awkward boy named Sparrowhawk who becomes a wizard's apprentice after the wizard reveals Sparrowhawk's true name. The boy comes to realize that his fate may be far more important than he ever dreamed possible. Le Guin challenges her readers to think about the power of language, how in the act of naming the world around us we actually create that world. Teens, especially, will be inspired by the way Le Guin allows her characters to evolve and grow into their own powers. In this second book of Le Guin's Earthsea series, readers will meet Tenar, a priestess to the "Nameless Ones" who guard the catacombs of the Tombs of Atuan. Only Tenar knows the passageways of this dark labyrinth, and only she can lead the young wizard Sparrowhawk, who stumbles into its maze, to the greatest treasure of all. Will she? --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
THE TOMBS OF ATUAN introduces Arha, high priestess of the nameless Powers of the Earth
, and Ged, a wizard bent on recovering a priceless relic from these Powers. On the one hand, Fantastic Audio's recording presents a rare treat for readers, featuring author LeGuin's performance of the beginning and ending of her book. Unfortunately, narrator Gabrielle de Cuir is a poor match for this wonderful tale. Many of de Cuir's declarative sentences end in a questioning tone, her dialogue is flat, and her characters are difficult to distinguish. Several passages were enhanced by the lightest touch of music. Part of LeGuin's Earthsea
Cycle, this book provides the jumping-off point into unknown worlds for many fantasy readers and deserves a more animated reader. P.H.M. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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