After reading ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’ by Ursula Le Guin, and enjoying it immensely, I decided to turn to the next book in the series: ‘The Tombs of Atuan’. This one differs from the first in that, while Ged/Sparrowhawk was and is the main character of the first book, and the series, he does not even appear until the second half of ‘The Tombs of Atuan’. Instead, the main character role is taken by Arha.the One Priestess who is raised to worship the darkness.
I really enjoyed this change. It allowed for further exploration of the world of Earthsea, from a different point of view, and a different character to get to know. While the story followed a similar structure to the previous book, it also varied in that it took place in a single location. Not only did this meant that you got get to know the setting as well as you did the character, it also meant you could get some idea of what Arha was feeling, being trapped in that one place.
The ending did seem a little rushed, and a little bit out of the blue, but all in all, the book was good. I enjoyed the character development and the plot and the world both were set in. It is definitely worth a read.