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Le Guin, Ursula K.: Gifts

Writer: Ursula K. Le Guin
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Pages: 274

The premise: The families of the Uplands are poor, but carry very powerful gifts in their lineage. Orrec's family's gift is that of unmaking, and when Orrec's gift finally reveals itself, it's wild, uncontrollable. He fears what he might do to those he loves, so he chooses to blindfold himself. But times are changing in the Uplands, with warring families trying to steal each other's land and livestock, and Orrec may not have the time he needs to get his gift under control.

My Rating

Worth the Cash: if you're a fan of Le Guin, particularly her Earthsea stories, I recommend this book. It's a personal story, what it means to have magic and to be responsible for it. It's quiet, but not without conflict, and the human element is sharp and poignant. I'm not entirely convinced this book is something a typical YA reader would eat up, but what do I know? I'm no longer YA, and I don't know any YA readers personally. So I can only recommend this book to fans of Le Guin, or at least those readers who like quiet fantasies with a personal touch. I'll be interested to see what the other two books in this trilogy do, but I'm in no hurry to read them.

The full review, which does include spoilers, may be found at my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)

REVIEW: Ursula K. Le Guin's GIFTS

Happy Reading! :)
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