The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
(Earthsea Cycle #3)
“I would not ask a sick man to run a race,” said Sparrowhawk, “nor lay a stone on an overburdened back.” It was not clear whether he spoke of himself or of the world at large. Always his answers were grudging, hard to understand. There, thought Arren, lay the very heart of wizardry: to hint at mighty meanings while saying nothing at all, and to make doing nothing at all seem the very crown of wisdom.”
The Farthest Shore is the story of Ged, aka Sparrowhawk, and his quest to help rid the world of a new blight, the death of magic. He is aided by Prince Arren. The must travel to the ends of the Earth, deal with dragons, and find the source of the sickness. I've heard that this book is the end of Ged being the focus of the Earthsea books. This is great because he's a rather dull character most of the time.
Currently I'm in the middle of Tehanu (Earthsea #4) and Ged plays a very minor role in the story.
“I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning.” – Arren
If you liked Earthsea #1 & 2 you'll like this one. I enjoyed witnessing the transformation of both Ged and Arren through this book. One is an old, wise man who's seen it all, near the end of his life and trying to find a way to make it all count, while the other is a young man, coming into his own power, and just starting to learn about the world. They make a great pair.
“This is. And thou art. There is no safety. There is no end. The word must be heard in silence. There must be darkness to see the stars. The dance is always danced above the hollow place, above the terrible abyss.”
I really enjoy the author Epilogues at the end of each book. Le Guin explains the major themes of each book and what influenced her to write the story the way she did. She's a beautiful writer and even the Epilogue is interesting and helps your process the book.
I shall be mighty sad when I finish the last book in this series.
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #34 in My 2019 Reading Challenge