The Tombs of Atuan

The second book in Le Guin’s extraordinary Earthsea cycle continues her subversion of the usual wizardly tropes: Ged, the antihero from the first book, reappears, but he serves as an accessory to another’s story—that of a young girl named Tenar. Tenar has been raised in a mystical religion in which she is believed to be a resurrected priestess. When she captures Ged—the first man she’s ever seen—her beliefs and worldview are challenged. This is Tenar’s coming-of-age story and it contrast’s handily with Ged’s: where he recklessly caused harm and then had to make amends, Tenar is born with no rights at all and must learn to claim what’s hers.