Sequel (to A Wizard of Earthsea)
Slow (to start)
The second book in Le Guin’s Earthsea trilogy could be a stand alone novel. As either part of the trilogy or alone it is a masterpiece.
I liked this book so much more than the first (see it’s review here). I felt the protagonist (not Ged but Arha) was much more relatable. The majority of the book is developing her character and setting her up for the climax. Finally towards the end of the book she meets Ged, who is the catalyst for a deep self analysis and through that analysis she makes some powerful discoveries and choices.
Le Guin doesn’t veer from the style she worked with in the first book. If you find slower, more descriptive books boring this may not be your cup of tea but it’s so well done it might change your perspective on this style of writing. It’s done to such a high caliber that I would encourage anyone to read this book. It’s rather short, so it’s not a big time commitment, but it is very worthwhile.
And now I’m off to read the third book (which I purchased from yet another thrift store). I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂