Tales from Earthsea is the fifth book in the Earthsea Cycle series by Ursula K. Le Guin.
Tales from Earthsea consists of a bunch of short stories all taking place in Earthsea, with (mostly) new characters to go on a journey with.
I’ll be honest, the only book consisting of short stories I’ve ever read is the Legends anthology, and those stories were all from different worlds and authors. So reading a couple of short stories taking place in one specific world from one specific author was something I hadn’t done before.
These short stories did wonders! Not only did they make the world of Earthsea all that more tangible to me, they made care for all these new, and often one-off, characters! The only character I did know from the previous books, appears under a different name and at a different age. But these stories worked, because they made me even care more about Earthsea than I already did, and they brought new things and new thoughts on the table.
Some of the stories delved into the past of Earthsea, and the Masters of Roke, others tackled what the future might hold. One of the stories in particular actually continues in the second book, but I’m not going to say which, because I don’t want to spoil anything. But I’m glad I didn’t skip this book, thinking it were only short stories that weren’t connected to the “whole”, because they are connected. Everything is connected, and everything is relevant.