Tripwire Reviews The Folio Society’s The Tombs Of Atuan

A Fable Of Freedom

Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows casts his eye over The Folio Society’s The Tombs Of Atuan, out now in slipcase hardcover…

The Tombs Of Atuan
Writer: Ursula LeGuin
Artist: David Lupton

Illustration David Lupton 2022 from The Folio Society edition of The Tombs of Atuan

The second book in fantasy legend Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea trilogy, The Tombs Of Atuan was first published back in 1971.

Illustration David Lupton 2022 from The Folio Society edition of The Tombs of Atuan

Tenar is a young girl born in the Kargish Empire who was taken as a child to be high priestess to the Nameless Ones who occupy The Tombs of Atuan of the title. She leads a lonely and joyless existence until she meets wizard Ged who offers her liberty and freedom from her imprisonment.

Illustration David Lupton 2022 from The Folio Society edition of The Tombs of Atuan

LeGuin was one of the most highly regarded fantasy authors, a writer who offered a different take on the more conventional side of the genre with the likes of JRR Tolkien and The Tombs Of Atuan, a novella only 159 pages long, offers a fantasy read which manages to be sparse while expansive at the same time.

LeGuin gives the reader a glimpse into the world of Earthsea, managing to pack so much information into such a short space. Central character Tenar is a strong female protagonist who grows and evolves across the book’s pages thanks to her encounter with Ged who helps to free her from her predicament.

Illustrator David Lupton was an inspired choice here, bringing LeGuin’s world to fantastic life from the arresting cover image to the carefully selected scenes he has chosen to illustrate here. There is a classical yet modern feel to his work which really suits LeGuin’s prose and settings. 

Illustration David Lupton 2022 from The Folio Society edition of The Tombs of Atuan

Illustration David Lupton 2022 from The Folio Society edition of The Tombs of Atuan

The introduction helps to put his work into context as does the afterword and even though The Tombs Of Atuan is only a small work in terms of its page count, the same care and attention to detail has been taken here as it is with the Folio Society’s larger works.

LeGuin was one of the most talented fantasy writers of the 20th century and I admit I had never read any of her work before so this edition is the perfect introduction to her work. 

The Tombs Of Atuan is another well-produced book from The Folio Society and definitely recommended for aficionados of fantasy.

The Folio Society’s edition of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Tombs of Atuan, illustrated by David Lupton, is availble exclusively from www.foliosociety.com

 

 

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