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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Earthsea Cycle (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442459964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442459960
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"New and longtime Earthsea fans will be drawn to these impressive new editions." (The Horn Book)

About the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the most distinguished fantasy and science fiction writers of all time. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, the National Book Award, and the Newbery Honor. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at UrsulaKLeguin.com.

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It is well written and the characters easy to follow.
Dennis Voss
We all can play different roles that will change throughout our lives.
K. C. Gray
If you like wizardary, this series by Le Guin is a must read.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Linda H. Fazio on February 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I had to respond when I saw that "Tehanu," my personal favorite in the Earthsea Cycle, had been given such a dreadful review; especially since it was the only review on file. I read the first three in the series not long after they were first published, and while I loved the magical world of Earthsea, I always felt frustrated because the male wizards had all the power and all the fun. When "Tombs of Atuan" ended, I wondered what would happen to Tenar, and her relationship with Ged, in this male-mage dominated society. After "The Farthest Shore," I wondered what Ged would do, who he would become, after his magic power was gone. I was overjoyed when Le Guin published another volume in the series, even though it purported to be the last; I was even more impressed as I read the story and found it answering many of my questions. "Tehanu" is a story about power, no, about different kinds of power, who has it and how they choose, or are constrained by society's expectations & restrictions, to use it. It is a story about magic power, since it takes place in magical Earthsea, but it also dwells on human powers and how they are used for good or ill. The story is compelling for faithful fans of Earthsea who want to know how the connection between Ged and Tenar is resolved; however, it is the relationship between Tenar and the physically as well as emotionally scared child, "Therru/Tehanu," that captured my heart. The book's plot may seem a little thin, the characters developed more thru dialogue than action; nonetheless it wrestles with deep, disturbing, and moving matters of the human soul that apply beyond magical realms.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. C. Gray on June 19, 2014
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Ursula K. Le Guin in my opinion is one of the best authors! The ease in which her books read but yet have a complex philosophical underlining are just spectacular. Tehanu is Le Guin at her finest. The book is feminist without being feminist, its a realistic view of what its like to live. The book portrays a lot of life's sorrows and balances sorrow with joy! The main focus is on choices and who we choice to be without being confined by what we are supposed to be. We all can play different roles that will change throughout our lives. I enjoyed this book more than any of the other Earthsea's and is now one of my favorite books I've read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Enjolras TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2013
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Tehanu is a direct sequel to "The Farthest Shore" and deals with the consequences of the earlier Earthsea trilogy. The plot focuses on Tenar (of Tombs of Atuan) and Therru, a young girl who had been raped and burned. Meanwhile, Ged, who has lost his powers, returns to Gont and settles into life as a goat herder.

As far as the plot goes, it doesn't have much drive. It's basically about the characters settling into domestic life. This is not a book about plot, but rather about characters and moral message. As many other reviewers have noted, Tehanu seems like Ursula LeGuin's feminist response to her earlier Earthsea novels. However, the book is much more. The driving theme is victimhood. All of the main characters - Ged, Tenar, and Therru - are victims of circumstance, yet all avoid becoming "victimized" or having a "victim/martyr complex." Each of these characters confronts helplessness with dignity.

There are some beautifully touching moments in this book. Tehanu really makes you think about how you confront challenges in life. However, the lack of a firm plot did make it a slower read. In some ways, it's more of a short story stretched to novel length. So, if you're willing to take the time and savor the moments, I'd definitely recommend the book, but if you're looking for exciting adventures of wizards and dragons then Tehanu is probably not for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Davis on May 21, 2014
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Well, I forgot to take notes on this one. I guess I got drawn in to its spell. I remember LeGuin’s feminist voice showed through strongly in places, but it seemed to quickly dissolve into the voice of the heroine, Tenar. There is a sense of great power and great deeds hiding in the shadows, but the story is told from the perspective of the powerless, the old, the plain folk, the abused, and the middle-aged farmer’s widow. But the magic is still there, as is of course, a dragon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Wright on December 5, 2013
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This is the only book in the Earthsea series that I didn't enjoy reading. It's just radically different than all the others. While the writing is very good, it doesn't feel as though it belongs with the others. While I appreciate the great emotional development and writing skill, the tone was a little to dreary and there simply wasn't enough action to keep me interested. I felt a bit as I did when I first read "That Hideous Strength", which is the 3rd book in the Lewis "space trilogy".... The storyline is SLOW. The few scenes that are written with a good bit of things physically happening feel almost rushed in description compared to the characters' internal writing. Much of the beauty of what makes the other books so enjoyable: a stories of traveling, questing, magic, and beautiful places simply aren't featured in Tehanu. There's almost no magic in this book. And while I appreciate what the author was trying to achieve (and what other fans of this book no doubt love), it just didn't resonate with me. I do really love all the other books in this series.
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