The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin

(Earthsea Cycle #2)

I have a bit of a disdain for sequels and book series so I was neglecting reading Earthsea Cycle #2 for quite some time. I really enjoyed The Wizard of Earthsea. It was fantasy with wizards and dragons but with a story about a boy trying to make his way in the world. I really enjoyed it as a character based story, set in a world of magic.

The Tombs of Atuan continues in its focus on characters but this time we are with a girl Tenar. She ends up serving as the One Priestess at a temple complex. She has her duties there, and power over the others there but no freedom. Her life changes when she meets a foreigner from outside the temple. I won't say more because I don't want to spoil this book.

This is a sequel to Earthsea Cycle #1 but it has different characters, so it feels fresh. It expands the Earthsea world and shows us the perspective of a woman in the religious system. I really enjoyed this book. I shall be quick to pickup Earthsea Cycle #3.

PS The books are short, but incredible, so the are a great way catch up on your reading goal if you have fallen behind as I have. I have been reading many very long books this year so this was a refreshing change of pace for me.

Rating: ★★★★★ Book #33 in My 2019 Reading Challenge

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