Children's, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 06/10/2005
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A Beautifully Rich World - As Always
Le Guin's writing, to me, always seems to be a perfect marriage of fable and anthropology: myth-like and timeless, but grounded in cultures that feel entir... READ MORE


'She's showing no signs of losing her brilliance. She is unparalleled in creating fantasy peopled by finely drawn and complex characters... GIFTS has the simplicity of fairy tale and the power of myth' GUARDIAN

'Le Guin is a writer of phenomenal power' OBSERVER

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.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781842554982
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 256g
  • Dimensions: 131 x 198 x 21 mm

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Gifts? depends on your point of view.
A boy’s Gift is so powerful that he volunteered to be blinded so that he could not hurt another. He lives among the clans of the hills, clans with Gifts wh... READ MORE
Lloyd Ash Pyne