The Tombs of Atuan

, #2

Paperback, 146 pages

English language

Published Sept. 11, 2012 by Athenum Books.

ISBN:
978-0-553-27331-1
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OCLC Number:
23278257

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4 stars (158 reviews)

Arha's isolated existence as high priestess in the tombs of Atuan is jarred by a thief who seeks a special treasure.

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reviewed The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin (Earthsea Cycle, #2)

I loved it

5 stars

I find the start of Le Guin’s Earthsea books always a little bit of a struggle but they always turn out great. It happened with a the Wizard of Earthsea and it happened with the Tombs of Atuan. After the first couple of chapters you get pulled in. Le Guin’s style is more reflective than adventurous and that’s what I really love.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It makes you think and there are some really great quotes there. For example: “What she had begun to learn was the weight of liberty. Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one. The road goes upward toward the light; but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it.”

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reviewed The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin (Earthsea Cycle, #2)

Tombs of Atuan

3 stars

As with Book 1, this suffers from audiobook narration that is not terribly engaging by today's standards.

That said, it takes a really long time to figure out how in the heck this is part of Ged's story. And, understanding some time has passed since we saw him last, he doesn't at all feel like the same person. It would have almost felt more satisfying to me as something that happens in Earthsea, sure, but wasn't part of Ged's tale, because it feels so disconnected.

The Tombs of Atuan

4 stars

"The Tombs of Atuan" est le deuxième tome du cycle d'Earthsea d'Ursula K. Le Guin, également connu en français sous le nom de cycle de Terremer.

On y retrouve Ged, le héros du premier tome, mais dans un rôle secondaire, d'autant qu'il n'apparaît que dans la seconde moitié du roman. L'héroïne est une jeune fille arrachée à sa famille à l'âge de cinq ans pour servir de Grande Prêtresse d'une religion très ancienne, après la mort de la prêtresse précédente, dont elle serait la réincarnation.

Comme le premier roman, celui-ci peut appaître comme un roman d'apprentissage très classique, mais Ursula K. Le Guin nous propose un très beau récit servi par une écriture empreinte de poésie. L'autrice explore parfaitement la psychologie de sa protagoniste et la question de la religion, du culte, de la foi, et de l'emprise.

Je continue à être séduit par ce cycle, je comprends qu'il soit …

reviewed The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin (Earthsea Cycle, #2)

Review of 'The Tombs of Atuan' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I mean what is there to say really. It's classic fantasy. The writing was convoluted and filled with exposition. Characterization didn't go beyond surface level with the majority of the narrative focusing on what they were doing rather than what they were thinking.

But the story was still very interesting and the world building continues to impress me. I also liked the narrative decision to make the story from Tenar's point of view even though the Sparrowhawk is still decidedly the main character. Nothing to write home about but still looking forward to finishing the last book in the initial trilogy.

Review of 'The Tombs of Atuan' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Most things grow old and perish, as the centuries go on and on. Very few are the precious things that remain precious, or the tales that are still told.

I'm continuing my slow and steady dive into the world of Earthsea after years of telling myself that I should. I was initially frustrated that I missed these novels as a kid, because I knew I would have loved them. But in some ways I'm glad to come to them freshly now. The edition I'm reading is from 2018 and includes afterwords written then-recently. So not only am I coming to Earthsea freshly as an adult, I've got Ursula Le Guin as a companion... looking back with 40 years of reflection.This book has a very different feel from the first one, but I love the change in characters and tone. There is always more to explore, and I look forward to …

reviewed The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin (Earthsea Cycle, #2)

Review of 'The Tombs of Atuan' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This engaging story follows Arha, a child who is tragically taken from her loving mother to act as a high priestess in what was essentially a religous cult. She is separated from everyone else from an early age, and forced to lead a very narrow life that she has been indoctrinated to value. Then, just as she is coming of age, an intruder enters her domain. Fortunately, she is still young and curious (and, perhaps, lonely) enough to question him--and keep him alive instead of having him killed, as she is expected to do.

During this enlightenment, this intruder reminds Arha of her real name (her birth name), and explains his mission, helping her to see her life and surroundings more objectively. In the end, she makes her own decision. I don't think it's spoiling anything to say that this former priestess does escape her old life, but I'll leave …

Review of 'The Tombs of Atuan' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A deliberate contrast to A Wizard of Earthsea, this story is less successful because the plotting is less clear. Of course, this produces an almost claustrophobic sensation that mirrors Arha's experience of being First Princess. One other thing is the slight miss of characterization with Ged, who comes off as greedy and brusque.

reviewed The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin (Earthsea Cycle, #2)

Review of 'The Tombs of Atuan' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is the story of the events that made Ged into the famed Archmage that is alluded to in [b: Wizard of Earthsea|13642|A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)|Ursula K. Le Guin|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1353424536s/13642.jpg|113603]. He travels to the tombs to recover a piece of an artifact only to be made into a prisoner of the high priestess of the temple, the girl without a name who worships the Nameless Ones. A fascinating character exploration of the girl, who is later known as Tenar.

What she had begun to learn was the weight of liberty. Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one. The road goes upward towards the light; but the laden traveller may never reach the end of it.

And a few …

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