The Other Wind

World Fantasy Award, 2002

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781842552117

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‘A masterpiece of chilling narration’ GUARDIAN

‘Wise, graceful, classic myth-making’ THE SCOTSMAN

The wizard Alder comes from Roke to the island of Gont in search of the Archmage, Lord Sparrowhawk, once known as Ged. The man who was once the most powerful wizard in the Islands now lives with his wife Tenar and their adopted daughter Tehanu. Alder needs help: his beloved wife died and in his dreams she calls him to the land of the dead – and now the dead are haunting him, begging for release. He can no longer sleep, and the Wizards of Earthsea are worried.
But there is more at stake than the unquiet rest of one minor wizard: for the dragons of Earthsea have arisen, to reclaim the lands that were once theirs. Only Tehanu, herself daughter of a dragon, can talk to them; it may be that Alder’s dreams hold the key to the salvation of Earthsea and all the peoples who live there.

Reviews

A memorable exploration of the relationship between life and death. . . Ged, its hero, must face his shadow self before it devours him. Only then will he become whole. In the process, he must contend with the wisdom of dragons: ambiguous and not our wisdom, but wisdom nonetheless
Margaret Atwood
"The Other Wind, a new Earthsea novel, felt like a homecoming to the magnificent otherworld that I escaped to at 14; wise, graceful, classic myth-making for all ages"
Julie Bertagna, The Scotsman, 7 Dec 02
"This absorbing philosophical debate can stand alone for Le Guin's new readers; for long-standing fans of the Earthsea saga, old friends are here."
TES, 31 May 02
The characters and fantasy world are all vividly drawn and the fascinating issues raised by the story are important and profound
NORTHERN ECHO
"The characters and fantasy world are all vividly drawn and the fascinating issues raised by the story are important and profound."
Northern Echo, 12 Nov 02
"If you think you don't like fantasy, think again; Leguin's books simply give "reality" another shape."
Erica Wagner, The Times, 7 Dec 02
This absorbing philosophical debate can stand alone for Le Guin's new readers; for long-standing fans of the Earthsea saga, old friends are here
TES
A masterpiece of chilling narration
GUARDIAN
Ursula Le Guin ... is a creator of marvels ...
THE TIMES
"Le Guin's storytelling is remarkable¿Without giving away the ending, it is both melancholy and affirming¿moving and rewarding."
The School Librarian, Winter 02
If you think you don't like fantasy, think again; Leguin's books simply give "reality" another shape
Erica Wagner, THE TIMES
"¿a masterpiece of chilling narration"
Guardian, 27 Jul 02
"A powerful and thought-provoking story of magic, love and loss."
Perth Shopper, 25 Apr 03
THE OTHER WIND, a new Earthsea novel, felt like a homecoming to the magnificent otherworld that I escaped to at 14; wise, graceful, classic myth-making for all ages
THE SCOTSMAN
"¿a thought-provoking continuation of the chronicle of Earthsea¿a luminous, absorbing meditation upon life, death and man's relentless quest for immortality."
Booktrusted News
Reads like the retelling of a tale first told centuries ago, and whose twists and turns have been handed down through generations of storytellers. It is timeless. . . . Le Guin's words are magical. Drink this magic up. Drown in it. Dream it
David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas
[This series] made me look at the world in a new way, imbued everything with a magic that was so much deeper than the magic I'd encountered before then. This was a magic of words, a magic of true speaking
Neil Gaiman