Love, learning and liberty

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Ursula Le Guin Powers
Orion Children’s Books 2008

Gifts, Voices and Powers, as well as being linked by shared geography and key characters, are together an exploration of what exactly constitutes magic and magical abilities. Gifts showed two individuals, Orrec and Gry, developing talents that could equally be regarded as non-magical in our own world, namely storytelling and poetry and empathy with animals. Voices focused on Memer, whose apparent gift of prophecy actually called into doubt that oracles, with their ambiguous messages, could actually foretell the future: were they not just a reflection of human attempts to make sense of gnomic utterances?

And now we come to Powers, the third and possibly the last of the Annals of the Western Shore. Continue reading “Love, learning and liberty”