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Years before, they had escaped together from the sinister Tombs of Atuan - she an isolated young priestess, he a powerful wizard. Now she is a farmer's widow, having chosen for herself the simple pleasures of an ordinary life. And he is a broken old man, mourning the powers lost to him not by choice.

A lifetime ago they helped each other at a time of darkness and danger. Now they must join forces again to help another - the physically and emotionally scarred child whose own destiny remains to be revealed.

©1990 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2016 Recorded Books

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what a tale!!!

initially it was a bit of adjustment to switch from narrator Rob Inglis to Jenny Sterlin, but she stepped up to the plate and nailed the part. Since Ged played a lesser role, it was only appropriate that a female voice was used to portray the many female characters. I love all the earth sea books . At the end of my book journey I just wanted to enter the magical world of Gont ride with dragons and meet up with Ged and his entourage . It was a very sweet read!

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Delivers on Promise of Tenar and the Tombs

Only a misogynist or someone who heard excerpts could misread this book as feminist preaching. Round characters, beautiful sentences, and a fantastic reader, to boot!

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Different, in a good way.

I really enjoyed this one. A far different type of tale, but just as grand in its own way. Recommend.

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An excellent story and a brilliant telling.

Tehanu is a critical and introspective look at female intuition and the expectations society can so often impose, knowingly or unknowingly, upon the wife, mother, sister, and daughter.

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Like a hot coal

Ursula le guin takes on a new perspective, that of the “powerless”- the women, children, and laymen of earthsea. This book is like a hot coal- it burns with anger, trauma, injustice, and beauty. It deserves to be studied and to be reread over and over.


The narrator did a fabulous job of harnessing tenar’s voice.


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Earthsea for the disenfranchised

Tehanu is a quiet storm of a story set years after the Tombs of Atuan. Le Guin looks at the world from the perspective of the culturally and historically downtrodden. Those who work hard for their living, and, in particular, women in a male dominated culture, navigate the believable world on the first island readers visited in A Wizard of Earthsea. Great ending.

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I love this book

This book is beautifully written and read. And so timely. Feminist, angry, wise and compassionate. “That which cannot be healed must be transcended” will be my new motto.

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I didn't like this book in the beginning;.....

Didn't like this book in the beginning; it wasn't what I expected. As the story progressed I realized I was judging the book based off of my reactions to the complicated emotions and reactions of the antiheros. In short their frustrations had become my frustrations. Not what I expected. An incredible book!

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Must read!

What did you love best about Tehanu?

I loved the story--watching all the characters from the first few books grow was the most amazing thing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tenar, with her firey spirit, but loving and caring nature was my favorite. Learning about her life from when she was first introduced to now, was my favorite.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending was fantastic! I won't spoil it though.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My husband and I listened to this book together and we both cried at some point! Very embarrassing too ally engaging because of all the loveable characters.

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Why did I wait so long to read these?

I wish I had read these twenty years ago. There is wisdom in these books that is still relevant. I am going to give a copy to my teenage neice.

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  • Michael Hirst
  • 07-28-16

A story all it's own, tying up loose threads

Loved it, an original story woven around familiar characters well told and read. Total contrast to the 'trilogy' it now concludes.

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  • joe douglas
  • 01-02-18

The power of ordinary people.


I very much enjoyed these later chapters in the lives of fascinating people. Interesting to see the saga unfolding. It was lovely to hear the story so beautifully told too.

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  • emmoff
  • 11-17-16

Brilliance from Le Guin

This isn't about powerful wizards and their quests. This is the woman's story, the mundane story after the heroic. A book about gender and power (and dragons), it completes the Earthsea series brilliantly. Truly powerful and sad.

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