“[Le Guin] reconsiders the relationship between magic and something more basic: life and death itself.”—Publishers Weekly
The archipelago of Earthsea is in turmoil. The dragons are breaking old truces, and even the dead threaten to return from the afterlife, using the sorcerer Alder’s dreams as a conduit. Alder seeks advice from Ged, once Archmage. It’s decided that the threat can only be confronted on the holy isle of Roke. In this magnificent grand finale to the Earthsea Cycle, Le Guin ties up many loose ends from her previous novels and brings back favorite characters to the delight of her fans.