The Books of Earthsea
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the timeless and beloved A Wizard of Earthsea—“…reads like the retelling of a tale first told centuries ago” (David Mitchell)—comes this complete omnibus edition of the entire Earthsea chronicles, including over fifty illustrations illuminating Le Guin’s vision of her classic saga.Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea novels are some of the most acclaimed and awarded works in literature—they have received prestigious accolades such as the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, the Nebula Award, and many more honors, commemorating their enduring place in the hearts and minds of readers and the literary world alike.Now for the first time ever, they’re all together in one volume—including the early short stories, Le Guin’s “Earthsea Revisioned” Oxford lecture, and a new Earthsea story, never before printed.With a new introduction by Le Guin herself, this essential edition will also include fifty illustrations by renowned artist Charles Vess, specially commissioned and selected by Le Guin, to bring her refined vision of Earthsea and its people to life in a totally new way.Contents:Introduction“Earthsea Revisioned” (a retrospective essay by the author)A Wizard of EarthseaThe Tombs of AtuanThe Farthest ShoreTehanuTales from EarthseaThe Other Wind“The Word of Unbinding”“The Rule of Names”“The Daughter of Odren” (never before published in print)"Firelight" (never before collected with other Earthsea stories; originally published in Paris Review Summer 2018)With stories as perennial and universally beloved as The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of The Rings—but also unlike anything but themselves—this edition is perfect for those new to the world of Earthsea, as well as those who are well-acquainted with its enchanting magic: to know Earthsea is to love it.

The Books of Earthsea Details

TitleThe Books of Earthsea
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherSaga Press
ISBN-139781481465588
Rating
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Classics, Dragons, Anthologies, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

The Books of Earthsea Review

  • Luce
    January 1, 1970
    Edit: Adding link for 11/10/18 Interview with Charles Vess about working with Le Guin https://bit.ly/2Qzd9PP * * *5 stars for this HUGE gorgeous book. Rating is not for the story itself. I read the first four books years ago in paperback. I mainly bought this particular book because Charles Vess (the illustrator) is one of my favorite artists. I first discovered him when he illustrated Stardust (written by Neil Gaiman), when it first came out as a 4 part graphic novel (1997). I was surprised whe Edit: Adding link for 11/10/18 Interview with Charles Vess about working with Le Guin https://bit.ly/2Qzd9PP * * *5 stars for this HUGE gorgeous book. Rating is not for the story itself. I read the first four books years ago in paperback. I mainly bought this particular book because Charles Vess (the illustrator) is one of my favorite artists. I first discovered him when he illustrated Stardust (written by Neil Gaiman), when it first came out as a 4 part graphic novel (1997). I was surprised when I opened the box. It weighs 5 lbs! When I ordered it I didn't catch that this book is 1000 pages. Normally, I read in bed and I'd knock myself out if it fell on my head. So, I guess I'll read re-read my paperbacks or switch to the ebooks.
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    I received this beauty for Christmas from my daughter Libby. While I have read almost everything in this book already I am still so excited to have it. The illustrations are beautiful and I want to reread all of these wonderful books again.
  • Isaac
    January 1, 1970
    Ahhhh! This looks so beautiful!
  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    Eine meiner liebsten Fantasy-Reihen überhaupt. Diese illustrierte Gesamtsausgabe ist wunderschön.
  • Terence
    January 1, 1970
    Finished the first half of the Earthsea SextetThe idea of individual immortality, an endless ego-existence, is more dreadful to me than the idea of letting go the self in death to rejoin shared, eternal being. I see life as a shared gift, received from others and passed on to others, and living and dying as one process, in which lies both our suffering and our reward. Without mortality to purchase it, how can we have the consciousness of eternity? I think the price is worth paying. (Afterword to Finished the first half of the Earthsea SextetThe idea of individual immortality, an endless ego-existence, is more dreadful to me than the idea of letting go the self in death to rejoin shared, eternal being. I see life as a shared gift, received from others and passed on to others, and living and dying as one process, in which lies both our suffering and our reward. Without mortality to purchase it, how can we have the consciousness of eternity? I think the price is worth paying. (Afterword to The Farthest Shore, p. 390)
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  • Jefurii
    January 1, 1970
    This is absolutely beautiful but dang is it a large book! It is thick and heavy - they need to add *weight* to the description along with page count. Reading this book is a physical act unless it's resting in your lap. This is not the kind of book you slip in your backpack on the off chance you'll have a spare moment to read during the day. It's the kind of book that sits proudly on your shelf or in the place of honor next your favorite reading chair. Suggested alternate titles: The Dictionary O This is absolutely beautiful but dang is it a large book! It is thick and heavy - they need to add *weight* to the description along with page count. Reading this book is a physical act unless it's resting in your lap. This is not the kind of book you slip in your backpack on the off chance you'll have a spare moment to read during the day. It's the kind of book that sits proudly on your shelf or in the place of honor next your favorite reading chair. Suggested alternate titles: The Dictionary Of Earthsea, or The One-Volume Comprehensive Encyclopedia Of Earthsea.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    All works pertaining to Earthsea have been collected into this single volume, illustrated by Charles Vess. It includes the six books in the series, descriptions of Earthsea's lands, peoples, and phenomena in the form of encyclopedia entires, two short stories that pre-date the first novel, two short stories set after the last novel, and a lecture on how Le Guin's understanding of heroism changed over the 30 years in which she wrote Earthsea. If I could have wished for anything more, it would hav All works pertaining to Earthsea have been collected into this single volume, illustrated by Charles Vess. It includes the six books in the series, descriptions of Earthsea's lands, peoples, and phenomena in the form of encyclopedia entires, two short stories that pre-date the first novel, two short stories set after the last novel, and a lecture on how Le Guin's understanding of heroism changed over the 30 years in which she wrote Earthsea. If I could have wished for anything more, it would have been an index, a pronunciation guide, and a 11" x 17" foldout map of Earthsea that included the sunken island of Solea, so I could finally look at the archipelago without squinting. Contents* A Wizard of Earthsea* The Tombs of Atuan* The Farthest Shore* Tehanu* Tales From Earthsea* The Other Wind* A Description of Earthsea* “The Rule of Names”* “The Word of Unbinding”* “The Daughter of Odren”* "Firelight"* “Earthsea Revisioned: A Lecture at Oxford University”This book is beautiful but impractical for ordinary reading as it's the size of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, and the binding is too delicate to be lugged around in one's bag. So, I'll stick with individual copies for rereading.Alas, I did find a typo in "The Daughter of Odren" on page 964 in which the text reads "digger" instead of "dagger."
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  • Claudia Piña
    January 1, 1970
    Tiene muchísimo que leí estos libros y fuera de releer partes ocasionalmente, no había experimentado toda la serie de principio a fin en una sentada. A la fecha, sigue siendo una de las series de fantasía que más me gustan. Además admiro mucho que Úrsula haya cambiado tanto con sus personajes y su universo. Esta edición es una belleza, las ilustraciones de Vess tienen ese toque antiguo y fantasioso que es tan particular de él. Es agridulce tener al fin esta edición cuando mamá Úrsula ya no está, Tiene muchísimo que leí estos libros y fuera de releer partes ocasionalmente, no había experimentado toda la serie de principio a fin en una sentada. A la fecha, sigue siendo una de las series de fantasía que más me gustan. Además admiro mucho que Úrsula haya cambiado tanto con sus personajes y su universo. Esta edición es una belleza, las ilustraciones de Vess tienen ese toque antiguo y fantasioso que es tan particular de él. Es agridulce tener al fin esta edición cuando mamá Úrsula ya no está, pero si hay algo que rescatar de esto es que dejó muchísimas historias e ideas que siempre van a estar ahí.Confieso que no releí el libro físico completo. Lo revise cuidadosamente, analicé las ilustraciones minuciosamente conforme avanzaba y admiré el libro por todos lados pero de hecho lo leí en versión electrónica porque me daba cosa ensuciarlo, así de hermoso es.
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  • Rick
    January 1, 1970
    While I haven't read this edition as yet (I say that as I would like to get a copy), I have read all the Earthsea stories and novels included in this omnibus edition in other editions. For me the range from some of my favorites of fantasy literature to some just darn good yarns and with the addition of illustrations by Charles Vess, an artist whose work I really admire, I can not imagine that this isn't going to be a beautiful edition.UPDATE: Well, I bought myself this book as a birthday present While I haven't read this edition as yet (I say that as I would like to get a copy), I have read all the Earthsea stories and novels included in this omnibus edition in other editions. For me the range from some of my favorites of fantasy literature to some just darn good yarns and with the addition of illustrations by Charles Vess, an artist whose work I really admire, I can not imagine that this isn't going to be a beautiful edition.UPDATE: Well, I bought myself this book as a birthday present and it IS beautiful. No, I take that back ... it's GORGEOUS! And low and behold there is a new short story that I have read and new essay by the author. I'll be getting to it in the next couple days, but I'm already raising my rating from 4-stars (which is what I put on it when I hadn't see the book yet) to 5-stars. This is an absolutely STUNNING volume.
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  • Apina_lukee_kirjoja
    January 1, 1970
    The elements for a really stunning work of fantasy are there, but because written over decades, without a clear vision from the start, they don't come together as well as they could. Now that everything's been plotted, all the characters created, one more re-write to add the overarching plot and the appropriate tension would be needed.What really bugged me was that the first three (?) books were basically children's stories, and rather traditionally patriarchal at that. Then the author got woke The elements for a really stunning work of fantasy are there, but because written over decades, without a clear vision from the start, they don't come together as well as they could. Now that everything's been plotted, all the characters created, one more re-write to add the overarching plot and the appropriate tension would be needed.What really bugged me was that the first three (?) books were basically children's stories, and rather traditionally patriarchal at that. Then the author got woke (good!) and started questioning and trying to dismantle the patriarchy they had created. As a life choice, I approve, but impact on this work is a disjointedness; and partly feels dishonest. Not to mention that the fourth (?) book went a bit too far in the other direction with the child rape and the sex. I guess the author just wanted to let it all out. Also, all of the "boss fights" were about two words long. Despite writing a whole world of magic, the author clearly hadn't figured out all the details of it, and many, many scenes of turning point or resolution were pretty much just "boom and it all worked out and then they left and went home". And the reader is left to wonder what *actually* happened.A fun, entertaining read; not Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter - could've been with more work.
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  • Chris Waraksa
    January 1, 1970
    After many years I returned to Earthsea to finish the cycle, having only read the first three books before that many years ago and a few times since. This edition is nice for additional writing added by Le Guin to share not only the stories but the history of their writing and her own relationship with her work. The one thing I didn't like in reading the works in this way is the inconveniently heavy size of the hardcover. You definitely could not curl up on the sofa or under the covers with this After many years I returned to Earthsea to finish the cycle, having only read the first three books before that many years ago and a few times since. This edition is nice for additional writing added by Le Guin to share not only the stories but the history of their writing and her own relationship with her work. The one thing I didn't like in reading the works in this way is the inconveniently heavy size of the hardcover. You definitely could not curl up on the sofa or under the covers with this brick of a book. Except for the author's additions I'd rather read the individual books, many of which you can pick up at the second hand bookshops. Hopefully they will rerelease this in multiple volumes.
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  • Anna Nesterovich
    January 1, 1970
    Don't get me wrong, I love the story. That one star is definitely not for the story. When I first heard there going to be an illustrated edition, I imagined something like the latest gorgeous fully illustrated volumes of Harry Potter. Alas. This book turned out to contain very few illustration, and the same time to be unreasonably thick (as a function of being too small) and unwieldy. And my main problem is the font. It's too small to be comfortable, and not because I don't like small fonts in g Don't get me wrong, I love the story. That one star is definitely not for the story. When I first heard there going to be an illustrated edition, I imagined something like the latest gorgeous fully illustrated volumes of Harry Potter. Alas. This book turned out to contain very few illustration, and the same time to be unreasonably thick (as a function of being too small) and unwieldy. And my main problem is the font. It's too small to be comfortable, and not because I don't like small fonts in general: it's objectively smaller than in the rest of the normal-font books I have. In summary, a book heavy enough to kill with, not easy to hold, with tiny letters and a handful of illustrations doesn't make for a good illustrated edition.
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  • Fraser Simons
    January 1, 1970
    It is a magical thing to read these in order, all at once. There’s barely a few pages here that I wasn’t that into. Those just just from the fifth books collection of stories. Everything else really does build nicely on each other. From books to the short stories afterward, the overall narrative benefits immensely from the buildup. Each book I liked more than the last even though all were incredible. The only gripe would be I expected more artwork and the font is very small. It’s a heavy book on It is a magical thing to read these in order, all at once. There’s barely a few pages here that I wasn’t that into. Those just just from the fifth books collection of stories. Everything else really does build nicely on each other. From books to the short stories afterward, the overall narrative benefits immensely from the buildup. Each book I liked more than the last even though all were incredible. The only gripe would be I expected more artwork and the font is very small. It’s a heavy book on your lap reading in bed but those are all small gripes that didn’t hamper my experience much. Books that clock in at 280 pages were 150 ish in this one, making the fiction quite dense to get through sometimes. I don’t think I’d want it to be any bigger though, haha!
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    Magnificent. The breadth and depth of these stories are staggering.
  • Book Nerd
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really beautiful edition worthy of the Earthsea epic. All the stories are there and the artwork is beautiful.As others have stated it's very big and heavy but what can you expect? It IS five novels, nine short stories and various other information! The only other thing I would have liked is a timeline telling when each of the stories takes place. (I printed one out and tucked it in the front cover.)
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  • Hanneleele
    January 1, 1970
    Seda tahaks mitte lugeda, vaid omada. Juhul kui illukad on ilusad.
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