Published by Harcourt in 2001,The Other Wind
is the final volume of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea cycle. It was published in the same year and by the same publisher asThe Tales of Earthsea
, a collection of stories set within the same fictional world. In a way this publication history is unfortunate for the novel.The Tales of Earthsea
have been granted several notable awards, and this has caused the collection of short stories to outshine the text that truly concludes the cycle.
The action of the story takes place around fifteen years after the story of Tehanu. The novel begins much like the other books in the series, by focusing on a single protagonist. In this case, a sorcerer named Alder travels around the archipelago trying to find an answer to his recurring nightmare. When he
Citation: Shelton, Luke. "The Other Wind". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 February 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=24761, accessed 29 February 2024.]