Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin

(Earthsea Cycle #4)

Seems I'm on an Earthsea kick at the moment eh? This is the 4th Earthsea novel and the 3rd one I've read back to back. I just started reading Tales from Earthsea (Earthsea #5) too. I will finish this whole series by the end of the month.

I can see why people say Earthsea #1-3 are sort of a mini-trilogy. The 1st book is learning about origin of Sparrowhawk/Hawk/Ged and how he gets his power. The 2nd book is about Tenar and her upbringing in the temple complex, and her eventual 'meet up' with Hawk. The 3rd book is about Tenar and Hawk getting together and the backstory of a new person, Therru, a girl that Tenar has adopted. Therru, her True Name being Tehanu of course, shows promise in Magic. The 3rd book ends just as it is revealed the true nature of Therru.

It's hard to review Earthsea #1-3 because they sort of blend into one another. You will enjoy the books more if you read #1-3 together. I initially read #1 and then stopped for a long while. I didn't want to get pulled into a long series at the time and I heard there were 6 books. Now I know that the books are excellent and very short reads actually.

How is Earthsea different than other Tolkienesque type of fantasy books?

There are dragons, but they speak and aren't the unthinking killing machines they are usually portrayed as. There is almost no swordplay or large battles in Earthsea. Battles are of the mind, power against power, strong mages against evil forces of darkness. Earthsea focuses on a few characters and develops them, while other books might have many, many characters that we learn very little about.

Is Earthsea YA fiction?

I see it referred to as that, but I'm not quite sure. * Young characters ✔ * Young characters growing up and developing as people ✔ * Love between the young characters ✖ I wouldn't say it's YA fiction, but young adults will enjoy this. Heck, even old adults will enjoy this!

Rating: ★★★★★ Book #35 in My 2019 Reading Challenge

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