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By Ursula K. Le Guin

Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152057701, 512pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2007


Young Gav can remember the page of a book after seeing it once, and, inexplicably, he sometimes remembers things that are going to happen in the future. As a loyal slave, he must keep these powers secret, but when a terrible tragedy occurs, Gav, blinded by grief, flees the only world he has ever known. And in what becomes a treacherous journey for freedom, Gav's greatest test of all is facing his powers so that he can come to understand himself and finally find a true home.

Includes maps.

Praise For Powers

"As in Gifts and Voices, Le Guin''s storytelling talents and dry humor shine through in Powers, leavening the somberness of its theme: the nature of power, both individual and collective, liberating and oppressive. After a gifted young house slave''s sister is killed, he is propelled into a quest for a better life and ''a freedom we could not imagine.'' Gav''s homecoming, to a place not his home, is genuinely moving."

* “This followup to Gifts (2004) and Voices (2006) may be the series’ best installment. . . . . Told with shimmering lyricism, this coming-of-age saga will leave readers as transformed by the power of words as is Gav himself. . . . Le Guin’s fans have ample reason to hope that the author may be building toward a fantasy cycle as ambitious in scope as her beloved chronicles of Earthsea.” (starred review)

* “Le Guin uses her own prodigious power as a writer to craft lyrical, precise sentences, evoking a palpable sense of place and believable characters. This distinguished novel belongs with its predecessors in all young adult collections.” (starred review)