Paperback, 259 pages

English language

Published Nov. 23, 2004 by Gallery Books.

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978-1-4165-0964-6
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4 stars (112 reviews)

Book Three of Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle. Darkness threatens to overtake Earthsea: the world and its wizards are losing their magic. Despite being wearied with age, Ged Sparrowhawk -- Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord -- embarks on a daring, treacherous journey, accompanied by Enlad's young Prince Arren, to discover the reasons behind this devastating pattern of loss. Together they will sail to the farthest reaches of their world -- even beyond the realm of death -- as they seek to restore magic to a land desperately thirsty for it.

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The Farthest Shore

4 stars

"The Farthest Shore" est le troisième tome du cycle Earthsea d'Ursula K. Le Guin, également connu en français sous le nom de cycle de Terremer.

On y retrouve à nouveau Ged, le héros du premier tome et personnage secondaire du deuxième, désormais vieillissant et Archimage. Il est cette fois accompagné dans sa quête par Arren, un jeune prince. Leur but ? Découvrir pourquoi la magie disparait peu à peu des îles d’Earthsea.

Leur voyage les mènera dans le sud et l’ouest de l’archipel, à la rencontre de peuples que nous n’avions pas encore eu l’occasion de découvrir jusque là. Personnellement, j’ai une tendresse particulière pour le peuple des mers. On retrouve également avec plaisir des dragons, souvent cités mais rarement aperçus dans les romans précédents, hormis une scène marquante du premier.

A travers les aventures du vieux mage et de son jeune compagnon, Ursula K. Le Guin nous parle de …

Review of 'The Farthest Shore' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I actually found this to be the weakest book of the trilogy. For the first two books, while I didn't love the flowery, yet dry writing style, I found the story to be interesting and cohesive for each. This one I found to be quite disjointed and poorly paced. I didn't really end up loving the characters, and I found the climax to be extremely underwhelming.

As for the series as a whole.. listen, I didn't walk into this expecting to love it. I love Le Guin as an author, primarily from her science fiction works (more specifically her Hainish Cycle books). I find her commentary to be expertly crafted and timeless. She is always just so correct about everything, and it is even more impressive to think that she was writing these extremely popular yet controversial books in the 1970's. She's an icon. Which is why I wanted to …

Review of 'The Farthest Shore' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

The third in the series returns to focus more on Sparrowhawk but focalized through a young nobleman rather than Sparrowhawk himself. As such, it is interesting to see yet another perspective on Sparrowhawk. More dedicated, more driven, and yet bigger stakes makes The Farthest Shore a surreal experience at times. The force of the novel comes in the way we finally learn more about the dragons of Earthsea. As always, Le Guin's tale is one of ambition driven too far.

Review of 'The Farthest Shore' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I have a confession to make: I've never been able to get into Le Guin's books. I've read The Left Hand of Darkness and the Earthsea trilogy, and there's something to the voice that I find dry and intolerable, like an anthropologist clinically describing observed events. Under this voice, even the most exciting scene is relayed in the monotonous drone of a professor lecturing ungrateful freshman. The Farthest Shore has the additional problem of the apparent main character, Arren, having little-to-no agency for 95% of the book, the plot being driven by Ged and the Other.

Which is a shame, because, otherwise, these books are amazing.

Outside of Doctor Who, it's difficult to find stories where violence does not solve all of your problems. I just reviewed Wolves of the Calla, solution: gunslinger violence. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, solution: violence against androids, then feel bad about …

Review of 'The Farthest Shore' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

But it isn’t wrong to want to live?’
‘No. But when we crave power over life – endless wealth, unassailable safety, immortality – then desire becomes greed. And if knowledge allies itself to that greed, then comes evil. Then the balance of the world is swayed, and ruin weighs heavy in the scale.’


Ged and Arren/Lebannen go on a long quest to find out what is taking the magic out of Earthsea. One can read the story as a story which meanders in adventures between the isles of Earthsea until they reach the end of the world or the titular farthest shore to find the culprit.

‘And this is one man’s doing – the one the dragon spoke of? It seems not possible.’ ‘Why not? If there were a King of the Isles, he would be one man. And he would rule. One man may as easily destroy, as govern; …

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