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Gifts (Annals of the Western Shore #1)


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Gifts (Annals of the Western Shore #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Orrec, the son of the Brantor of Caspromant, and Gry, daughter of the Brantors of Barre and Rodd, have grown up together, running half-wild across the Uplands. The people there are like their land: harsh and fierce and prideful; ever at war with each other. Only the gifts keep the fragile peace. The Barre gift is calling animals. The women of Cordemant have the power of blinding, or making deaf, or taking away speech. The Rodds can send a spellknife into a man's heart. The Callems can move heavy things - even buildings, even hills. The Caspro gift is the worst and best of all: it is the gift of undoing: an insect, an animal, a place ...Orrec and Gry are the heirs to Caspro and Barre. Gry's gift runs true, but she refuses to call animals for the hunt. Orrec too is a problem, for his gift of undoing is wild: he cannot control it - and that is the most dangerous gift of all ...GIFTS is Ursula Le Guin at her best: an exciting, moving story beautifully told.


"..Le Guin is a wonderful writer, and this haunting, thought-provoking fantasy has the power of legend. Readers will ponder the nature of gifts and curses, and empathize with Orrec as he struggles to make his way in this strange, vaguely medieval world. —Exceptional book.." KLIATT

"Le Guin poses probing questions about the power and responsibility of being gifted, through the eyes of a 16-year-old narrator." Publishers Weekly

Orrec's journey of self-discovery is, when reduced, the familiar tale of the adolescent seeking to define himself rather than taking the definitions offered by circumstance, but the telling is so compelling that the ending almost takes the reader by surprise. If the end is a little tidy, the getting-there is not-and it's the getting-there that provides this offering's greatest reward." Kirkus Reviews

"What a pleasure it is to read a well-crafted story told by a master!...A page-turner and highly recommended, especially for fans of LeGuin's earlier work" Judy Silverman - Children's Literature

Author Biography

Ursula Le Guin has won many Nebula and Hugo Awards, as well as a National Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Newbery Honor and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. Her EARTHSEA books are classics.
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October 6th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
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