Tales from Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Earthsea Cycle #5

This was a good entry into the Earthsea cycle. It goes into the backstory of Roke, and fleshes out the more parts of the Earthsea world in some places that we don't know much about. There are some stories about different witches and mages in Earthsea that are just regular people, and their little adventures. At the end of the book, there are some descriptions about the kings, geography of Earthsea, and other miscellaneous things.

I felt this book was a bit ruined for me because parts of it seemed so familiar. I had such a strong feeling of deja vu while reading “The Finder” and “Dragonfly”. I wonder if I had read this book when I was young. I thought I might've read some of the stories in “Unreal & the Real: Selected Stories of Ursula K Le Guin: Volume 2 Outer Space Inner Lands”, but I checked the contents of that book, and there don't seem to be any stories that are found in both.

Because of this feeling of having read it before, reading this was difficult for me. It didn't grab like like the previous 4 novels because it didn't feel new and exciting. Another reason I struggled to get into this was that I was concurrently reading “Freedom and Death” by Nikos Kazantzakis. That novel exerted a far greater pull on me.

Nevertheless, if you enjoyed Earthsea #1-4, you won't be disappointed by this one.

Rating: ★★★★ Book #37 in My 2019 Reading Challenge

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