Here is the best books of Ursula K. Le Guin who was one of the best American authors who spent almost her entire life writing today’s peculiar novels that also won her numerous awards than any other author.
Ursula K. Le, unfortunately, passed away this month, on 22 January at the age of 88. Her legacy has touched numerous writers of all genres and credited for numerous outbreaking writers today. Ursula K. Le Guin was most known for her fantasy and science fiction novels apart from being a notable writer for children’s books, short stories, and essays.
In this article, we present the best books written by Ursula K. Le Guin during her lifetime.
A Wizard of Earthsea
The #1 Earthsea Cycle novel is a notable novel by Ursula K. Le Guin that introduced us to a young boy with unlike powers. Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea was popularly known as Sparrowhawk during his childhood. Sparrowhawk had a rare desire for power and knowledge, things that he managed to attain, but led him to further mysteries. After tampering with long-held secrets and releasing a terrible shadow upon the world, Sparrowhawk is tested as he must learn how to control and master his power, tame an ancient dragon, and cross the death’s threshold to restore the balance.
This fantasy novel series remains a masterpiece in the literature world as it combines imaginative and rare linguistic concepts
The Tombs of Atuan
The #2 Earthsea Cycle fantasy novel unravels the events between two major characters; Tenar and Ged. Tenar, a young lady is chosen as high priestess to the ancient and nameless Powers of the Earth. Everything that she ever possessed is taken away, including her home, her name, and her family. Arha is now her new name which literally means “Eaten One” the guardian of the Ominous Tombs of Atuan.
As she learns her new maze, Ged, a young Wizard arrives to steal the Tomb’s greatest hidden treasure- the ring of Erreth “Akbe”. However, Ged also brings with him the light of magic and together, they escape from the darkness that had invaded her.
This particular book won the Newbery Silver Medal Award in 1971
The Farthest Shore
The Earthsea’s third installment that also won the National Book Award in 1973 brings us to the most suspenseful episode of the Earthsea Cycle installments. The world and its wizards are losing it all; their magic. Even though old, Ged Sparrowhawk- Archmage, dragonlord, and wizard embark on a daring and treacherous journey to find answers as to why? Alongside Enlad’s young princess Arren, the group will sail to the farthest reaches of their world, even beyond the realm of death in order to restore magic to the thirsty land.
The Left Hand of Darkness
This science fiction novel is a groundbreaking novel that narrates the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose and change their gender. His main goal is to enable Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. However, in order for this happen, he must eliminate the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. This book won the Hugo award and the Nebula award and was ranked second by Locus among the science fiction novels in 1987.
The Hainish Cycle #1 science fiction novel introduces us to a brilliant physicist, Shevek, who decides to take matters into his own hands. He seeks answers and also questions the unquestionable for the puzzling lifestyle in Utopia. He embarks on a journey to the utopian mother planet- Urras, to challenge the complex matters in life.
This science fiction novel won several awards that include; the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Locus Award.
The Word for World is Forest
Unlocking the struggles of the original inhabitants of the earth and the Terran colonists that invade their planet. The local people are unequipped to fight the invaders who take their land without any compromise.
The novel won a Hugo award and the best novella ward.
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