DARKNESS THREATENS to overtake Earthsea. As the world and its wizards are losing their magic, Ged -- powerful Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord -- embarks on a sailing journey with highborn young prince, Arren. They travel far beyond the realm of death to discover the cause of these evil disturbances and to restore magic to a land desperately thirsty for it.
This is a very good book in an excellent series. It's entertaining with a depth that I've come to expect from Ursula Le Guin. This book makes you think, really think, about the concept of living forever. Would life still be as sweet, as enjoyable, if you could never die? Read it. It's worth it.
Third in the Earthsea Cycle - which used to be the Earthsea trilogy, so this book is pretty much an end point on its own - it follows "A Wizard of Earthsea" and "The Tombs of Atuan." All three books are wonderful. They are a great introduction to fantasy while still moving and fascinating for the fantasy "expert."
Which is more important, to do what you long for or to live in balance with the Right? Can life exist without death? When a Prince is sent to warn the Archmage Ged that magic, hope, and life are draining from the world, the two must sail to confront the unknown. I don't agree with all of Ursula LeGuin's ying yangey themes, but she beautifully portrays the need to respect human beings, to love their excellence and try to redeem them from the gutter of existence.
The magic had gone out of the world. All over Earthsea the mages had forgotten their spells, the springs of wizardry were running dry. Ged, Dragonlord and Archmage, set out with Arren, a highborn young prince, to seek the source of darkness. This is the tale of their harrowing journey beyond the shores of death ot heal a wounded land.