Do a google search of this book and you'll probably find this entry at the top of the single digit list. And there's a reason for that. I've had this paperback on my shelf for as long as I can remember and finally got to reading it. The stories, that reside largely in the realm of realistic fantasy, are beautifully written, deal with life and relationships, and are largely kind of dull. This is not what most Le Guin, Wizard of Earthsea, fans are looking for.