Snapshot of me reading:
Still refusing to get out of bed during my first day of Christmas break.
The second book in the Earthsea Quartet, this novel has a narrator who is a bad-ass priestess with absolute control over a very small piece of underground turf. She describes everything in black-and-white terms, because everything in her world is black and white. The underground darkness is her “kingdom,” and daylight aboveground is where everyone else leads unfathomable lives. As she starts to question her position and her worldviews, more light starts creeping into the absolute darkness of her underground realm, and her views of the world become more nuanced. The Tombs of Atuan ended up being my favorite in the Earthsea Quartet.
On a side note, as I was trying to find a good cover image to go along with this blog post, I came across a million ridiculous covers. (The version I read was just one part of the Earthsea Quartet, which has this cover, which is kind-of boring to put on the reviews of four separate books):
But then, all I could find online were dumb covers like this:
This book has been re-published a million different times, which speaks to its lasting legacy, but why can’t publishers put the bad-ass version of the priestess on the cover, instead of the one where she’s all help me help me I’m gormless? The book is, after all, about her. Some of the covers didn’t even have her on it:
And then there are the covers that don’t focus on the rescuer-wizard, but still ignore the fact that the best part of the book is the awesome narrator.I guess the last cover is as good as I’m going to get, so congratulations, sad girl! You are now the poster girl for this beautiful book. 7 out of 10.