Voices (Annals of the Western Shore Series Book 2) (Kindle Edition) by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Kindle Edition: 388 Pages.

Published: 09 September 2010 by Gateway

Edition: New Ed

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Review by Anne

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Beautifully written but a bit slow in places

Memer is brought up by the Waylord who is idolised by the ordinary people but a marked man in a city overcome by invaders. He maintains a library despite the local suspicion about words and books. As war comes to the city Memer, the Waylord and her friends (including two from the first/companion book in the series) have to work out what to do and how to save their written treasure.

This is a book written with real lyrical power. It is a thoughtful one where nothing is quite as black and white as you may think. There is an underlying feeling of sadness and regret at how people treat one another because of difference.

I have to say that I found this book slow going in parts but the theme and the writing always engaged me and made me want to read further. It isn't an exact sequel to the first book in the series and you could read it as a standalone but it is best read after the first and as a contrast to the very different world she creates there.

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