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If you liked The Wizard of Earthsea, this is a must-read sequel. I love how LeGuin pulls on a few threads from the first novel but mostly departs into a completely different tale ... in tone, structure, plot, and even in geography. Marginalizing Ged as a character until halfway through is a brilliant stroke and gives us a new character to care about in the form of a young girl, chosen one of the old powers of the Earth. The result is powerful ... lyrical, dusky, narrow in scope. Wow. It probably works best for young adults, as a coming of age story for girls. But it has a universal appeal.
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The story of this is interesting but it starts out very slowly, and you spend the first half of the book waiting for the introduction of any characters you know from before. Many pivotal moments are waved over or explained away as having occurred in another time, and where many books discuss the how and why of things, this one just discusses what without any real deepening understanding of the world and how it works.
I was entertained enough by the first book to keep going, but only because I had nothing better going at the time.
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