At the gates between worlds. In a war outside of time. He fights for us. A demon's life is never easy.
Join Xoe as she's thrown to the wolves. Wormholes take you to the stars or kill you. You start a family then your new planet turns deadly. Oh and about those aliens. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention ursula le guin friend gry calling animals use his gift best friend refuses to use guin books young adult father to son science fiction accidentally kill younger readers orrec and gry wild gift wild and uncontrollable spare prose boy named powerful gift fantasy genre main character. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.
Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The story itself is 4 stars. A great tale by leGuin, if not as magnificent as Wizard of Earthsea. But like so many ebooks, it's full of typos, and even completely wrong words as the result of electronic scanning and sloppy proofreading.
As one example, the plural form fathers is often used where the posessive form father's should have been used. LeGuin is a careful craftswoman and she writes just so I wish Amazon would let us share our notes with publishers, to help them correct these!
So now naturally I am going to read a number of Le Guin books that I have somehow never gotten around to before, and I'm starting here. This will not be a Le Guin surfeiting; I will read one at a time, even this trilogy, the "Annals of the Western Shore. Orrec is the only son of Canoc, the Brantor headman of the Caspro bloodline, protectors of Caspromant in the Uplands.
Each bloodline in the Uplands has a singular gift that runs through it. Caspro's gift is the unmaking, the ability to destroy things and people with a glance, a gesture, and a word. Orrec is slow to develop this gift, and is ready to decide he doesn't have it at all, when a series of events suggests to him that he has it in devastating power - and doesn't have the ability to control it.
He chooses to blindfold himself for as many years as it takes to gain control, so as not to accidentally kill someone he loves. His beloved friend Gry is a scion of Barre, and has its gift of communicating with animals. Though she will happily use it to communicate with songbirds, and train not "break" horses, she refuses to use it to call animals to be hunted. Orrec's mother, Melle Aulita, is from the Lowlands, and does not understand the gifts or the customs about them - not deep inside the way an Uplander does.
Canoc claimed her in a raid on a Lowland town, and they seem to love each other deeply. Her gift to Orrec and Gry is teaching them to read. That Orrec and Gry will not use their gifts puts them at odds with their families and with Upland society as a whole. And there is a feud on with the powerful Drum clan Le Guin has conjured a place as real and rich to my mind's eye as Earthsea and the land of the Kesh.
I do look forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy This review is for the whole trilogy Gifts, Voices, Powers. I'm not sure why these books are considered "young adult fantasy;" they seem like pretty adult books to me. Maybe I'm just immature? The writing and some concepts I would think would be beyond the experience of most middle-schoolers.
Be that as it may, they are wonderful books, but I love almost all of Le Guin's books. Gifts was probably my favorite but was disappointing in how short it was; I felt like she could have easily expanded it into a much longer book. The concept of the gifts was so enticing but it just wasn't developed. I know Le Guin is more interested in the characters' development, but I still craved hearing more about the other families' gifts.
Voices is sort of a bridge between Gifts and Powers, like many middle books in a trilogy, but it's quite good. And then Powers, I think the longest one, is the culmination, bringing all the trilogy's characters together.
It starts out a little slowly, but by the end it got quite exciting and reminded me of David Copperfield; it's a very Dickensian story and I'm also a huge Dickens fan , so it was a very satisfying. Buy all 3 and read them in sequence. One person found this helpful. My wife purchased the third book in this series and I loved it so I purchased book 1 and 2. Book 1 is good and definitely worth your time if you like character driven fantasy something like LeGuins Earthsea series if you've read those. This is standard LeGuin in that it takes time to develop the action and focuses on the characters and environment, so if you want high speed adventure look elsewhere.
Otherwise this is good stuff. What are you awaiting--'til there is no time left?
Even in the pits of darkness the shining rays of grace can alight your soul to vistas never before experienced nor seen. Does this mean I will not be who I am? No, you will be yourself in ways you right now can't even imagine! Be well, noel, alleluia!
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Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This delightful little book is divided into three parts. The first part puts each of the psalms from the Bible into a three line haiku form. This is a great idea; each one is fun to read, and may lead one to go on to read the psalm itself. The third part of the book consists of poems and short writings written on different days of one year.
Most notable are several versions of Psalm , rewritten by the author in different poetic forms, two different sonnets, as free verse, and as haikus. This book, is, as is suggested in the title, a gift to the reader, consisting of wisdom acquired over a lifetime by a quite remarkable woman, indeed. It is a gift that, I may predict, will speak directly to you, just at the appropriate time, just when you may need to add a little of her wisdom to what you have collected for yourself so far. While reading this spiritually indepth collection of verse I couldn't help but think of David as he wrote his Psalms.
Letha too takes you on a personal journey of life and love of God. Her writings open your heart and spirit in new ways.
Wait, Beloved, for Darkness's Gift - Kindle edition by Letha C. Chamberlain. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. It was a darkness that pushed against me, and “constantly clamor[ed] to be truer In the midst of uncertainty, if I allowed myself to stop and wait, hope emerged.
She inspires renewal of your communion with God during times of stuggle that become times of inspiration. This beautifully written book is a wonderful source for meditation as well as spiritual food for personal retreats. Will the characters feel the same after waiting a year or however long it has been to hear their voices again? Will the next part of the story be as good? Welp, I never should have let that worry niggle into my brain, because Jeff has the chops to make an equally wonderful part two.
There is so much darkness--it is hellish for obvious reasons, in that it's full of awful people who did and continue to do terrible things--but there is also so, so much light, hope, love, goodness. The balance is perfect. The cast of characters: I didn't realize how very much I missed them until I dove back into this world. Seriously, some of my favorite dialogue in any YA book I've read. It would have been easy to make this book a big lesson in Don't Ask for Too Much in Life or Death or make it a bit too sweet, in order to please those looking for mostly a teen romance.
Instead, struggle and acceptance are big themes, as are trust and hope. Pretty much everyone is multi-faceted in a realistic way, so decisions couldn't be presumed. I never really felt like I knew how it would end, where each beloved character would be when I swiped the last page, but I was so happy to trust fall into this sequel. The catch was everything I had hoped for.
This far-from-young-but-sometimes-less-than-adult reader loved this book and found it hard to put down, even when sleep was the order of the day. Where did that come from? I recommend this book to all readers. If you haven't read this book's predecessor, you should; however, don't feel you need to do so in order to understand this one. Giles has the rare ability to fill in blanks sufficiently without causing readers of the previous book to feel bogged down in details they already know. The author's interpretation of Hell was cool.
Some horrendous things happened there, but was balanced by the goodness in some souls. Repentance thrived in most souls, which felt like it may be purgatory, but was explained that the souls could never leave. The prevalent message running throughout the story was that love will prevail. See all 30 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 8 days ago. Published 29 days ago. Published 1 month ago.
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