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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 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 Earthsea The Tombs of Atuan The Farthest Shore Tehanu Tales from Earthsea The 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.


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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 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 Earthsea The Tombs of Atuan The Farthest Shore Tehanu Tales from Earthsea The 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.

30 review for The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Luce

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Isaac

    Ahhhh! This looks so beautiful!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Eine meiner liebsten Fantasy-Reihen überhaupt. Diese illustrierte Gesamtsausgabe ist wunderschön.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Terence

    Finished the first half of the Earthsea Sextet The 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 Sextet The 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)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    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. One last UPDATE: And now I've finished. I was also pleased that there is a new Introduction to the volume and there are new "afterwords" for each of the books included. And the final story is a wonderful epilogue to the entire series. If you've never read Earthsea it has one of my highest Rickomendations.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jefurii

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    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."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Piña

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Phil James

    I started this book 45 years ago and just finished it now! I got myself this magnificent edition of all the novels, with a few short stories and the author's comments , to finally catch up from where I left off in Mrs. Cooper's primary school class. At 10 I was avidly reading anything that looked interesting in the little book stand in the corner of the classroom. " The Wizard of Earthsea" blew my mind, but although in later years I re-read it I never read the others. Funnily enough I'm glad I wai I started this book 45 years ago and just finished it now! I got myself this magnificent edition of all the novels, with a few short stories and the author's comments , to finally catch up from where I left off in Mrs. Cooper's primary school class. At 10 I was avidly reading anything that looked interesting in the little book stand in the corner of the classroom. " The Wizard of Earthsea" blew my mind, but although in later years I re-read it I never read the others. Funnily enough I'm glad I waited, because I can see now how the experience and wisdom of Ursula K. Le guin developed over a lifetime as she carried on writing of the world I loved so much. I can see also how my taste in books and even my world-view was informed by that one book and how my philosophy and politics have evolved in parallel with the following books. Thank-you Ursula.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anna Nesterovich

    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 at 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 i 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 at 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Welker

    "You thought, as a boy, that a mage is one who can do anything. So I thought, once. So did we all. And the truth is that as a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do..." Goodness, me; what is there to say about this book that hasn't already been said? It is charming. It is original. It is deeply moving. It is wildly brilliant. It is another Thursday in the life of Ursul "You thought, as a boy, that a mage is one who can do anything. So I thought, once. So did we all. And the truth is that as a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do..." Goodness, me; what is there to say about this book that hasn't already been said? It is charming. It is original. It is deeply moving. It is wildly brilliant. It is another Thursday in the life of Ursula LeGuin. I think the most striking thing about the first trilogy of these books (LeGuin would revisit these stories many years later with short stories and sequels) is the same thing that strikes me about the opening to the Gospels of Mark and Luke. We're given a moving account of John the Baptist, this firebrand of a man, whose charisma and strength and manhood has earned him a following of thousands. But the story isn't about me, he tells his audience; it's about the coming king, one who will be far greater than me. I am here to prepare the way for his glory. I am here to anoint the once and future king of men. That's my takeaway of the books of Earthsea. Sparrowhawk (Ged) is a mighty wizard, clever and brave and talented and kind and insightful, but as much as he is the hero of these stories they never really are about him. They are about everyone else, those who Ged breaks from their chains. He is the Archmage, but we mostly see him using his magic to mend broken things; he is the only living Dragonlord, but the dragons seem to play with him as a kitten with a mouse; we are told of all the great and wonderful things he has done, but most of what we see are the dimples of his smile, the warmth in his gaze, his perfect dive into an untouchably deep blue ocean, his strong arm guiding the prow of his little sailboat. "And though I came to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet I would remember that once I saw the dragons aloft on the wind at sunset above the western isles; and I would be content." These books are celebrations of beauty. They do not undermine the goodness of the heart. They do not seek to convince you that evil can only be defeated with great luck, or unattainable courage and wit. The Books of Earthsea celebrate the knowing of a thing, and they reward the act of striving to know. In A Wizard of Earthsea we see Sparrowhawk as a young man, learning; and then in his prime in The Tombs of Atuan; and then in The Farthest Shore as an old man, Archmage, going on his last great journey, where he offers this wondrous call to adventure to Arren, a young man who longs to serve at Sparrowhawk's feet: "'You have strength and you must have room, room to grow. Thus I offer you, instead of a safe trip home to Enlad, an unsafe voyage to an unknown end. You need not come. The choice is yours. But I offer you the choice. For I am tired of safe places, and roofs, and walls around me.' He ended abruptly, looking about him with piercing, unseeing eyes. Arren saw the deep restlessness of the man, and it frightened him. Yet fear sharpens exhilaration, and it was with a leap of the heart that he answered, 'My lord, I choose to go with you.'

  13. 4 out of 5

    Apina_lukee_kirjoja

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm

    I first read the original Earthsea trilogy in about 1974 when I was studying Children’s Literature. It was a wonderful story then and it still is now. I had to wait about 16 years for the next instalment though I reread the originals several times. At some point those original paperbacks disappeared in some house move or misguided clear out so the publication of this new volume was a wonderful opportunity to return to a lost world and reacquaint myself with lost friends especially Ged and Tenar. I first read the original Earthsea trilogy in about 1974 when I was studying Children’s Literature. It was a wonderful story then and it still is now. I had to wait about 16 years for the next instalment though I reread the originals several times. At some point those original paperbacks disappeared in some house move or misguided clear out so the publication of this new volume was a wonderful opportunity to return to a lost world and reacquaint myself with lost friends especially Ged and Tenar. It had the bonus of extra volumes I had not read before rounding off the tales and bringing to end a wonderful adventure. If you are a fan of fantasy novels then this is a must and Ursula Le Guin a writer of wonderful fiction. Her books as is to be expected follow the rules of the world she has created and this edition expands of what the world of Earthsea is and how it works. Terrific. Not to be missed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Waraksa

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fraser Simons

    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!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

    This was my first time reading Earthsea, and it was quite enjoyable. The writing is lovely, and the art was fantastic. The only real downsides is that some of the short stories are a bit forgettable (I read them yesterday but would struggle to tell you what they were all about), and that the latter two novels meander a bit before the actual plot happens.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Magnificent. The breadth and depth of these stories are staggering.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Book Nerd

    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.)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Neil

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Cousins

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bojan Ivanović

  24. 4 out of 5

    LiriStargazer

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ella

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nachoolo

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  29. 5 out of 5

    Al Foster

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lang

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