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The Tombs of Atuan [Ebook] ➠ The Tombs of Atuan ➦ Ursula K. Le Guin – The Nameless Ones have called young Tenar to serve as their High Priestess since she was five years old They gave her the name Arha the Eaten One and with that name her life changed forever In the des The Nameless Ones have called young Tenar to serve as their High Priestess since she was five years old They gave her the name Arha the Eaten One and with that name her life changed forever In the desolate Place of the Tombs in the deserts of the lands of Atuan her life's sacred duty is to guard the lightless labyrinthine Tombs of Atuan and the great treasure that lies deep within their caves But a thief appears A young wizard named Ged braves the darkness of the catacombs in search of the Tombs' greatest hidden treasure The Tombs eBook ¿ the broken Ring of Erreth Akbe Ged has the power to make the ring whole again But Ged also brings with him the light of magic And now Arha must choose between the darkness and power she knows and the future Ged offers her.

  • Hardcover
  • 163 pages
  • The Tombs of Atuan
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • English
  • 21 August 2014
  • 9780689316845

About the Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K Le Guin published twenty two novels eleven volumes of short stories four collections of essays twelve books for children six volumes of poetry and four of translation and has received many awards Hugo Nebula National Book Award PEN Malamud etc Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia an essay collection Cheek by Jowl and The Wild Girls She lived in Portland Orego.

10 thoughts on “The Tombs of Atuan

  1. Jacob Jacob says:

    June 2012I want to give this five stars but I'm afraid one of the next ones will be even better and my attempts to rate it higher will cause Goodreads to implode Or somethingOn second thought no Five stars Let's do this thingYou've probably read or heard somewhere that you can put a frog it's a frog right? in a pot of water and set it on a stove and the frog will never notice what's happening until it's too late So they say Well Ursula K Le Guin writes like that you open the book thinking you're going for a swim and you never notice the water getting hotter until it burns She'll boil you alive Le Guin will and she'll do it with wordsWell put another pot on woman I'm ready to be cooked

  2. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    The first few chapters of this were a real chore They were confusing and dull However out of the darkness of those chapters and out of the depths of the labyrinth came a story of redemption human suffering and a will a will to overcome great evil when succumbing to the darkness would have been a much easier path to walk “You must make a choice Either you must leave me lock the door go up to your alters and give me to your masters; then go to the Princess Kossil and make your peace with her and that is the end of the story or you must unlock the door and go out of it with me Leave the tombs leave Atuan and come with me oversea And that is the beginning of the story It was a shame about the beginning but the rest of the novel than made up for it That uote gave me tingles when I read it Artha is a young priestess of the undying power that is shadow She reluctantly carries out her duties of ritualistic dance prayer and the murder of anyone who enters the darkness of the Labyrinth She doesn’t directly kill the unfortunate wonderers but she leaves them die of exposure nonetheless when she could easily save them There’s no life in the darkness and certainly nothing to sustain it So you’re as good as dead if you enter and even deader if a priestess imprisons you in a part of the catacombs It’s all doom and gloom until a familiar face turns Artha’s life around It’s odd to talk about such strong character development in a novel this short but Artha completely changes She gradually sees the evil of her situation and that none of it is of her doing She sees that she is as much a victim as any of the wonderers The familiar face she encounters is a powerful namer he is a wizard of both name and reputation and he knows how to break the binding darkness; he knows how to save the young girl he knows to remind her of her own name her true name and exactly who she is in the process Fast and elouent writing “The Earth is beautiful and bright and kindly but that is not all The Earth is also terrible and dark and cruel The rabbit shrieks dying in the green meadows The mountains clench their great hands full of hidden fire There are sharks in the sea and there is cruelty in men’s eyes” Le Guin doesn’t piss about She has a story and she tells it Her narration is minimalistic and basic but it carries with it such depth and feeling She can achieve a lot in just a few words; the whole mood of the story shifts in just a few chapters; yet it’s appropriately done I’m normally an advocate of drawn out plot and lengthy characterisation points lovingly at my Robin Hobb bookshelf but Le Guin does what she does just as well It’s odd Le Guin can do what other novelists do in six times the word count Her writing is fast engaging and excellent This is the perfect series for those that want a fantasy hit but don’t want to be dragged down with pages and pages of lengthy storytelling I also liked the shift of narrators; it added a little flavour the Earthsea world I think it would have been predictable and perhaps easy had Ged been the narrator at the start By shifting the story around I got to see the world from the perspective of a much darker character I liked the way this was done even if it was a little bewildering at the start Earthsea Cycle1 A Wizard of Earthsea Four worthy stars 2 The Tombs of Atuan A redeeming four stars 3 The Farthest Shore A strong four stars

  3. Brad Brad says:

    Half way through reading The Tombs of Atuan I was sitting downstairs playing my xBox late at night when I heard voices drifting down from upstairs I sat and listened to the door muffled murmurs of Miloš Brontë but I couldn't make out what they were saying Usually I'd just call up to them and tell them it was time to shoosh and go to sleep but I was curious to figure out what they were talking about Even obscured I could tell it wasn't the usual joke fest or scary story there was something different about this talk What was different it turned out was that Miloš was Ged and Brontë was Tenar and they were in the dark room of the Great Treasure playing the Tombs of Atuan They're still seven only just and there they were late in the night in their bunkbeds improvising a discussion between the Eaten One and Sparrowhawk I decided to let them play so I left them undisturbed and went back to my game A few days later I was working in my office and I heard Miloš outside my door talking to Vetch from A Wizard of Earthsea He was playing Ged againWeird as this may sound it makes me incredibly proud of them There is no big Hollywood movie with toys and a marketing campaign to nudge my kids in this direction There is no cultural weight to lead them into playing at Ged and Tenar There is only the words of one of our greatest authors Ursula K Le Guin and the voice I added to the books That's it but it was enough Great literature has that power Please read this to your kids whomever you may be It will be with them always

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Tombs of Atuan The Earthsea Cycle #2 Ursula K Le GuinThe Tombs of Atuan is a fantasy novel by the American author Ursula K Le Guin first published in the Winter 1970 issue of Worlds of Fantasy and published as a book by Atheneum Books in 1971 It is the second book in the Earthsea series after A Wizard of Earthsea 1969 The Tombs of Atuan follows the story of Tenar a young girl born in the Kargish empire who is taken while still a child to be the high priestess to the Nameless Ones at the Tombs of Atuan Her existence at the Tombs is a lonely one deepened by the isolation of being the highest ranking priestess Her world is disrupted by the arrival of Ged the protagonist of A Wizard of Earthsea who seeks to steal the half of a talisman buried in the treasury of the Tombs Tenar traps him in the labyrinth under the Tombs but then rebels against her teaching and keeps him alive Through him she learns of the outside world and begins to uestion her faith in the Nameless Ones and her place at the Tombsتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز ششم ماه ژانویه سال 2008 میلادیعنوان دریای زمین کتاب دوم گورهای آتوان؛ نویسنده ارسولا کی لوژوان لگوین؛ مترجم پیمان اسماعیلیان خامنه؛ ویراستار نیلوفر خان محمدی؛ تهران، قدیانی، 1386، در 263ص، جلد دوم از مجموعه شش کتاب در شش جلد؛ شابک دوره 9789645365835؛ شابک کتاب دوم 9789645362780؛ موضوع داستانهای خیال انگیز از نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20مگورهای آتوان کتابی ست بنوشته ی «اورسولا لو گویین» در ژانر فانتزی، که دومین کتاب از سری «دریای زمین» است، و نخستین بار در شمارهٔ سال 1970میلادی جهان فانتزی به چاپ رسید، و سپس در سال 1971میلادی بصورت کتاب منتشر شداین کتاب، داستان جادوگری با نام «گِد» را بیان می‌کند، که به گورهای «آتوان» می‌رود، تا حلقه ی صلح «اررت آکبه» را، از راهبه های آتوان بدزدد، تا دوباره به جزایر میانی بازگرداند؛ داستان از زبان «آرها» بازگو می‌شود نام حقیقی او تِنار است که دختری نوجوان است، و مقام راهبه ی نخست گورهای آتوان را دارد، ولی قدرت حقیقی از آن دو راهبه ی دیگر با نام‌های کاسیل و تار است؛ در ابتدای کتاب دربارهٔ کودکی «آرها» و انتخاب او به عنوان راهبه ی اول می‌خوانیم و اینکه او چگونه به گورهای آتوان که مجموعه‌ ای عظیم از شهرهای زیرزمینی، و راهروهای باریک، و بدون نور، در زیر بیابانی خشک است، خو می‌گیرد؛ او کم‌ کم به راه‌های مخفی در دل گورهای آتوان آشنا می‌شود و روزها و شب‌های تنهایی‌اش را به گشت‌ و گذار در این شهر زیرزمینی می‌گذراند؛ او که تا آن زمان هیچ مردی را ندیده‌ است در یکی از شب‌ها، متوجه حضور مردی در یکی از تالارهای زیرزمینی می‌شود؛ با آشنایی از تمام راه‌های خروج، او را در آنجا گرفتار می‌کند، و منتظر مرگش می‌شود؛ او که فهمیده که آن مرد، یک جادوگر است، با کمک خدمتکارش، «مانان»، به او غذا و آب می‌رساند، و او را زنده، اما زندانی نگاه می‌دارد، تا درباره ی جادوگران، و زندگی مردمان جزایر میانی اطلاعاتی بدست آوردنقل نمونه از متن همه چیزش را از او ستاندند، خانه اش، خانواده اش، تمام دارائی اش، در عوض نامی به او دادند آرها خورده شده زندگی اش را به عنوان راهبه ی یکم برای قدرتهایی بی نام و باستانی در زمین وقف، و او را در محل گورستان، در میانه ی بیابان آتوان جا میدهند پایان نقل ؛ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 18031399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  5. Apatt Apatt says:

    When I first tried reading this in my teens I could not manage to go beyond 50 pages because I wanted Ged AKA Sparrowhawk the hero of the previous volume A Wizard of Earthsea to show up and follow him on new adventures What I found instead was a story of an entirely new protagonist a young girl called Tenar who lives an oppressive life on the island of Atuan Young fool that I was I did not read on to the middle of the book where Ged does show up for adventures though this time as the secondary character If I had waited I would have realized this second volume of the Earthsea trilogy is even better than the first Ged and Tenar Art by Leo and Diane Dillon The pacing of The Tombs of Atuan is much staid than A Wizard of Earthsea much of the first half of book is spent on fairly elaborate world building developing the insular claustrophobic setting of Atuan LeGuin's skill with character development and the elouence of her prose maintains my interest during the slower paced early part of the book Tenar is a fine character intelligent resilient and resourceful I love how her character develops as she gradually realizes the truth about the things she has dedicated her life to serve and worship However for me Ged is like the battery that powers the plot of the story Le Guin really switches to second gear as soon as he suddenly pops up the story gallops on from that pointThis book is much darker and mature than A Wizard of Earthsea the scenes in the pitch dark of the Labyrinth is highly evocative and a little creepy I was reading this on a sunny afternoon and I could still feel the creeping darkness thank God for Ged's enfeebled mage light Even though the big bad Nameless Ones never really come out of the shadow to show us some dripping fangs cyclopean eyes tentacles and such Le Guin still manages to make their evil uite palpableOK I don't want to write a long review for such a short book so short that I am still hankering for some Earthsea time so now I am busy reading the third volume The Farthest Shore Update After finishing The Farthest Shore I believe this is my favorite book of the original trilogy I just love the dark claustrophobic atmosphere in this one Looking at a few other reviews it seems to be a fan favorite alsoInteresting French cover

  6. Bradley Bradley says:

    This is a very fine fantasy I say fine because it evokes many great labyrinthian images old old traditions of sacrifice to the Dark Old Ones and eventually freedom from the sameThere's a lot of beauty here and while I didn't love it on uite the same scale as Ged's original journey in the first book it's mainly because I liked the core theme betterOther readers will absolutely take out of this book different layers I can say that confidently because there are some really beautiful and clear layers interwoven hereThe past and the evil in the past can be broken and escaped That which was broken can be renewedAnd what's so much of it has to do with our own perceptions Of course isn't it always? Our MC is the high priestess of an ancient cult and Ged does show up halfway It's really uite amusing to see just how easily she toys with the poor greatest wizard but I admit to liking this book a lot after that point It's really something else to see how clear and easy this is to read compared to a lot of modern fantasy and it's even interesting because it stands up to the test of time Le Guin definitely has great skill

  7. Bionic Jean Bionic Jean says:

    The Tombs of Atuan by the American author Ursula K Le Guin was originally published in 1971 It is the second book in her “Earthsea” series of fantasy books which began with “A Wizard of Earthsea” in 1969 Yet The Tombs of Atuan has never achieved the same popularity as its predecessor and is often thought a lesser novel I read each of “The Earthsea Trilogy” in turn shortly after their first publication but could remember little about The Tombs of Atuan now How glad I am that I have come to read it again after so many decades It is an extraordinary work; a subtle and finely nuanced masterpiece packed with atmosphere and symbolism “In the great Treasury of the Tombs of Atuan time did not pass No light; no life; no least stir of spider in the dust or worm in the cold earth Rock and dark and time not passing”The Tombs of Atuan feels like a completion of the first book although there were to be four in total; three after the initial trilogy The first two feel like two halves of the same tale complementing contrasting; fitting snugly together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle In the first book we viewed Ged objectively from the outside but in The Tombs of Atuan we are very aware of the protagonist Tenar’s inner feelings and thoughts; thus outside and inside viewpoints form a complete pictureThe euilibrium of Earthsea itself “The world is in balance To light a candle is to cast a shadow”is exemplified by these two novels; they are perfectly balanced Yin and yang Both parts are necessary “A Wizard of Earthsea” is essentially a bildungsroman about a young boy Ged who has magic powers We follow his voyages all over the archipelago of Earthsea and the distant lands learning all about the many islands cultures languages and races And we see Ged’s struggles both with himself and with the forces of magic both for good and for evil The Tombs of Atuan is also a coming of age story but in contrast is set almost wholly in a very small area of one city in one of the outlying islands in the Kargish empire In addition the protagonist is not a young boy with red brown skin open to ideas and keen to learn all he can but a young girl with white skin severely restricted in her thinking and determined to follow a hard and cruel tradition in a closed religious sect Both are proud and arrogant in their youth though feeling insecure in their roles but their experiences — their “worlds” — are far apartThe Tombs of Atuan follows the story of Tenar who was born on the Kargish island of Atuan Because she had been born on the day that the high priestess of the Tombs of Atuan had died the other priestesses believe Tenar to be her latest incarnation They watch Tenar until she reaches the age of five when she is taken from her family to be trained as the high priestess to the “Nameless Ones” unseen formless dark powers at the tombs on the island “the throne was empty Nothing sat in it but shadows”The name “Tenar” is taken from her in a ceremony involving a symbolic sacrifice and she is now called simply “Arha” meaning “the one who has been devoured” or the “Eaten One” Arha is now consecrated to the service of the Nameless Ones and receives instruction in how to dedicate her life to them through intricate ceremonies and duties which she increasingly believes she is remembering from her previous many incarnations “All human beings were forever reborn but only she Arha was reborn forever as herself”Because she is so young Arha needs caring for and a eunuch called Manan has been chosen to nurture her The two develop an affectionate bond; nevertheless Arha’s childhood is very lonely as she lives apart from all the others Her only friend is Penthe a priestess of her own age Arha receives instruction at the hands of Thar and Kossil the priestesses of the two other major deities who outwardly treat her with great respect because of her position Arha uestions nothing although the regime is strict and the environment sterile and static allowing for no growth She tries to learn and remember her uniue role as the highest ranking priestessThar tells Arha of the underground passages and rooms; the labyrinth beneath the Tombs teaching her how to find her way around them Arha spends much of her life underground in the maze of catacombs groping to find the way which in the most part is a secret known only to herself; memorising the routes and passages where all light is forbidden even to her “Touch was one’s whole guidance; one could not see the way but held it in one’s hands”​“Here there was no wind no season; it was close it was still it was safe”Thar tells Arha of view spoiler treasure which is hidden within the labyrinth and which wizards from the archipelago have tried to steal hide spoiler

  8. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Alone no one wins freedom The Tombs of Atuan I adore Le Guin's voice and her soul I hate fantasy Or rather I have told that to SO many people I believe it is true But I make exceptions Le Guin could have writen self help and business books and I'd gladly read them She was a feminist but unafraid to write a book both with a female lead and a female lead who is helped by a manwizard She is interested in power in evil in humanity in big uestions and nuanced answers Her prose is very good but her characters are amazing She recognized I believe that the secret to writing about strength is to write about weakness Just like the secret to writing about light is to write about darkness This isn't one of her GREAT novels but I might even change my mind about that if the ideas in this book are still pounding around in the labrynths of my brain in a couple weeks I might need to give this book 5 stars just to escape it Monuments by Kappifern

  9. Tim Tim says:

    If you read my review of the previous novel A Wizard of Earthsea you will know I was not enad with it You will note that I did not say it was bad far from it I respected the hell out of that book for many of the things it did but I did not personally care much for it I went ahead and read the second book because I felt like to a certain extent I must be missing something I think it is no exaggeration to say that Earthsea is one of the most loved Fantasy series having clearly inspired many works and having endured strong since the late 60s What was it that captured imaginations but did no than gently tap mine? Was it the younger reader aspect? Was this a series that one needed to read at a young age and then let nostalgia keep fresh?It is at times like this that I actually hate that our star rating is listed before the review as anyone with a casual glance can say “Yes Tim enough with the dramatics we can see the four stars Tell us why you liked this one better” Sigh Star ratings just have no flare for the dramatic Yes I liked this one better A lot better Where I respected the first book I couldn’t say that I found it enjoyable This one I can say both This one is something of a minor masterpiece in my eyes This one corrects literally every issue I had with the last Here we get to know our characters personally; we are let into their lives rather than kept at a distance There is far development than “I was an arrogant kid and then grew up” yes I know that’s a slight exaggeration but not much of one Here I actually really cared about what was going onThe book is short at only 212 pages in my edition This works both in its favor and against it On one hand the story if we really get down to it could be summed up in a few sentences Really not much goes on from a plot assessment In fact if we only focus on plot the book could have ended something like 20 pages earlier from a traditional narrative perspective I will even confess that as I read the last two chapters I had a metaphoric raised eyebrow wondering why the hell we were getting essentially an extended epilogue Was this really needed?Oh my yes yes it was The first book was a hero’s journey A lesson learned darkness vanuished let’s go home triumphant This one is almost entirely an enteral struggle with a fantasy story happening around it This is the story of someone who has literally lost everything including her name and seeing if she’s willing to lose what little security she has for not the guarantee but the mere possibility of something better This is an emotional story and one presented in a “young adult” friendly fashion while letting those of us who are older see the darker side the story told from the shadows and between the lines The ending section in my opinion is what redeems the entire story aspect and raises it to that minor masterpiece statusNow ignoring this I would still say I liked this book better even if it didn’t have the emotional impact though I assure you I’m so very glad it did Why? World building The world of the previous novel was interesting but with the second book Le Guin cemented herself as one of the best in terms of world building She expands upon concepts mentioned in the previous book and plays with them in interesting ways This one takes place on a different island in a different country and as such we see a completely different perspective We see the world through other eyes with a vastly altered view from the previous book The world is built up in so many interesting but small ways such as the rituals in the temple performed but never fully explained as much of the reasons for them have been lost to time I complained in my last review that the book seemed almost like a textbook too distanced now I almost feel like I would happily read a full history of the world presented hereAnd that my friends is the highest compliment I can give a fantasy novel in terms of world buildingA solid 455 stars and a high recommendation

  10. Manuel Antão Manuel Antão says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewScope Review Earthsea Trilogy “Only in silence the wordOnly in dark the lightOnly in dying lifeBright the hawk’s flightOn the empty sky”Yin Yang?I honestly don't remember a time when I wasn't obsessed with reading and collecting books I'd define childhood as a never ending vacation A weekend without a week following and reading time everlasting I still remember the never ending days of my childhood My first date My first kiss My first endless book infatuations One of my favourite childhood memory was when I was twelve years old with my Grandmother Glória at home and me reading to her O Feiticeiro de Terramar A Wizard of Earthsea The rest of this review can be found elsewhere

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