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

Fantasy, 180 pages, published in 1970

When young Tenar is chosen as high priestess to the ancient and nameless Powers of the Earth, everything is taken away – home, family, possessions, even her name. For she is now Arha, the Eaten One, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan.

While she is learning her way through the dark labyrinth, a young wizard, Ged, comes to steal the Tombs’ greatest hidden treasure, the Ring of Erreth-Akbe. But Ged also brings with him the light of magic, and together, he and Tenar escape from the darkness that has become her domain.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I was hesitant to read this book because I didn’t love the first one, but I was willing to keep going because I’d heard that this book was quite different. However, I didn’t find that this was the case for me.

This book follows a new character, from her childhood through her being a teenager. I didn’t like this about the first book, so seeing it done again was just tedious. I felt like it took forever to get to the actual plot that was described in the synopsis, despite this being a very short book.

I didn’t really find anything interesting about this book. There wasn’t much more of the world explored, which was a big thing I wanted to see by continuing this series, and I didn’t connect to the characters. By the time Ged, the main character from the first book, showed up, I was so tired of waiting for something to happen that I didn’t care when it did.

I know a lot of people have a nostalgic connection to this series, but unfortunately, I can’t read any more of it, no matter how much potential I feel like it has. The story-telling style, the writing itself, and the characters just don’t work for me.

Normally, I wouldn’t read the sequel to a book I didn’t enjoy, but since this one was so short, I figured I’d give it a shot. I know for sure now that I won’t be continuing the series.

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