Hello All, did you all have a fabulous weekend? I most certainly did and it included finishing a couple of books. On that got finished was The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. LeGuin the third book in the Earthsea series. How did it stack up to the previous two books? I'll tell you, but first, as always SPOILERS AHEAD!
Merlin type character in this world, with his own story, his own deeds, but always being a part, not the focus of the larger history and story of the world of Earthsea. This book gave us more of the history and culture of Earthsea, we learn of the prophecy of the King who will finally reunite the fragmented islands of Earthsea. We learn a bit about the Balance, which is what governs magic and life in this world. We also get a better look at the ancient dragons that inhabit this world (and are one of my favorite parts). We learn of Ged's status as a dragonlord, and snatches of his time searching for the ring of the great wizard Erreth-Akbe, which we read snippets of in the last book. We also got to
travel to some new islands, and meet the Children of the Open Ocean, who I absolutely adored. All of this added to the incredible world building that has been going on through out the books in this series. The story on the other hand, just didn't do it for me the way the first two books did. In some ways it felt like every other "a man/woman/being tries to defy death and in the process makes a huge mess of the country/world and some 'good' guy who is not afraid of death, or learns to not be afraid of death comes and fixes it, usually at great cost to himself" story that ends up in series that go on for a while. I feel like I have read this story before and got nothing new out of it. This is not to say it is not a good story...just one I felt like I had read before. I also felt that the pacing started to drag a little, it felt like maybe the author was going for a couple of stories before deciding to settle on the Dry Lands one and never completely wove everything together. Again, this is just how I felt reading the book. I did feel that the author gave us a ton of great stuff for the world that we have been getting to know, and put in enough stuff for me to look forward to reading the next one. I hope we get more of the dragons, more of the story of Earthsea and more of the people who populate this diverse, yet cohesive world. I give this book 6 out of 10 magic staffs and recommend it to anybody who is reading the series. Happy Reading Everybody!
How do you feel about the "defeating death" storyline? What world have you read about that feels complete in history and people? Is it sad that I find any book taking over two weeks to finish "a long time"?