The sorcerer Alder fears sleep. He dreams of the land of death, of his wife who died young and longs to return to him so much that she kissed him across the low stone wall that separates our world from the Dry Land-where the grass is withered, the stars never move, and lovers pass without knowing each other. The dead are pulling Alder to them at night. Through him they may free themselves and invade Earthsea.
Alder seeks advice from Ged, once Archmage. Ged tells him to go to Tenar, Tehanu, and the young king at Havnor. They are joined by amber-eyed Irian, a fierce dragon able to assume the shape of a woman.
The threat can be confronted only in the Immanent Grove on Roke, the holiest place in the world, and there the king, hero, sage, wizard, and dragon make a last stand.
Le Guin combines her magical fantasy with a profoundly human, earthly, humble touch.
"New and longtime Earthsea fans will be drawn to these impressive new editions."—Horn Book
Praise for URSULA K. LE GUIN
"Ursula K. Le Guin creates imaginary worlds that restore us, hearts eased, to our own."-The Boston Globe
Praise for Tales from Earthsea
"A treasure . . . It is at the top of any list of fantasy to be cherished."
-Andre Norton, author of Witch World
"Stellar . . . A triumphant return to the magic-drenched world of Earthsea . . .
Le Guin is still at the height of her powers, a superb stylist with a knack for creating characters who are both wise and deeply humane. A major event in fantasy literature."-Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Richly told. . . . Le Guin hasn't lost her touch. She draws us into the magical land and its inhabitants' doings immediately."-Booklist
Praise for THE TELLING
"Le Guin presents a literary masterpiece that is heartwarming, life-affirming, and touching."-The Christian Science Monitor