When young Tenar is chosen as high priestess to the ancient and nameless Powers of the Earth, everything is taken away – home, family, possessions, even her name. For she is now Arha, the Eaten One, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan.
While she is learning her way through the dark labyrinth, a young wizard, Ged, comes to steal the Tombs’ greatest hidden treasure, the Ring of Erreth-Akbe. But Ged also brings with him the light of magic, and together, he and Tenar escape from the darkness that has become her domain. [Goodreads]
Spoiler Free Review:
I was hesitant to read this book because I didn’t love the first one, but I was willing to keep going because I’d heard that this book was quite different. However, I didn’t find that this was the case for me.
This book follows a new character, from her childhood through her being a teenager. I didn’t like this about the first book, so seeing it done again was just tedious. I felt like it took forever to get to the actual plot that was described in the synopsis, despite this being a very short book.
I didn’t really find anything interesting about this book. There wasn’t much more of the world explored, which was a big thing I wanted to see by continuing this series, and I didn’t connect to the characters. By the time Ged, the main character from the first book, showed up, I was so tired of waiting for something to happen that I didn’t care when it did.
I know a lot of people have a nostalgic connection to this series, but unfortunately, I can’t read any more of it, no matter how much potential I feel like it has. The story-telling style, the writing itself, and the characters just don’t work for me.
Normally, I wouldn’t read the sequel to a book I didn’t enjoy, but since this one was so short, I figured I’d give it a shot. I know for sure now that I won’t be continuing the series.