The Other Wind

Book 6 of The Earthsea Cycle

Ursula K. Le Guin

Illustrated by David Lupton

Ursula K. Le Guin’s masterwork comes to a close with the final volume of the Earthsea series. The Folio Society edition of The Other Wind is illustrated by series artist David Lupton.

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‘With the release of The Other Wind, my journey of illustrating the Earthsea saga is sadly at an end. It has been such a joy to immerse myself in Ursula K Le. Guin’s world of dragons and magic and I feel truly privileged to have been given the opportunity to illustrate these books by the Folio Society.’
  1. David Lupton


The Other Wind
is the final volume in a spectacular Folio Earthsea collection that honours the remarkable imagination of Ursula K. Le Guin. With a haunting yet hopeful binding design, seven rousing colour illustrations and endpaper maps, Ged’s final adventure is an unmissable volume for any fantasy enthusiast.

The wizard Alder arrives on the island of Gont desperate and exhausted. Since his beloved wife died, she appears every night in his dreams, asking to be set free from the desolate land where the dead languish – and the other souls that reside there are growing dangerously restless, too. Elsewhere, dragons have unexpectedly moved into human territory, raiding the islands and leaving destruction and terror in their wake. Alder goes to the former Archmage Ged for help, but it may be his adopted daughter Tehanu who holds the key to these mysteries, for she is able to understand the dragons in a way that even Ged cannot. Can she unravel the knot that threatens the very existence of Earthsea? And how will it change her?

See the Folio Le Guin collection here.

Bound in printed and blocked cloth 

Typeset in Garamond with Dulcinea Serif as display. 

248 pages  

Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations including a double-page spread 

9˝ x 5 ¾˝

Printed in Italy

‘Earthsea has been a big part of my life for the past few years and I’m happy to have played a small part in bringing these timeless and wonderful books to life.’
  1. David Lupton

Ursula K. Le Guin brings the beloved Earthsea series to a close in epic fashion in The Other Wind; a deeply moving exploration of life, mortality, and the acceptance of change. It is also a novel filled with wonder, wit and magic, and the world of Earthsea remains a vibrant, enchanting landscape, alive with stories that go to the very heart of what it means to be human. Series artist David Lupton transports the reader to the archipelago with his deeply atmospheric illustrations and a painterly binding design that captures the wild spirit of the novel. Lupton worked closely with Le Guin on the Folio Society edition of A Wizard of Earthsea and continues to consult with her son to make certain that his portrayal of Ged, Tenar, Tehanu and the wider world still fit within the author’s vision. In this final volume, dragons take centre stage, and they fill Lupton’s illustrations with vitality and joyous menace.

About Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018) was born in Berkeley and lived in Portland, Oregon. She published 21 novels, 11 volumes of short stories, 4 collections of essays, 12 books for children, 6 volumes of poetry and 4 translated works, and received many honours and awards, including the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, a National Book Award and the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. A Wizard of Earthsea (1968; Folio Society 2015, 2022) is her best-known work; it is the first book of Earthsea, which includesThe Tombs of Atuan(1971; Folio Society 2022), The Farthest Shore (1972; Folio Society 2022), Tehanu (1990; Folio Society 2023), Tales from Earthsea (2001; Folio Society 2023) and The Other Wind (2001; Folio Society 2024). Her Hugo Award-winning novels, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969; Folio Society 2018) and The Dispossessed (1974; Folio Society 2019) have also been produced as Folio editions.

About David Lupton

David Lupton is a London-based illustrator. He studied Illustration at the University of Portsmouth before completing an MA in Sequential Illustration at the University of Brighton. His work is hand-drawn and painted with only the slightest digital enhancement. He has created work for many commercial briefs, including editorial illustration, children’s picture books, music video design and animation, and record cover artwork. Lupton has illustrated a number of books for Folio, including The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (2015). He worked closely with Ursula K. Le Guin to illustrate the Folio edition A Wizard of Earthsea (2015), and continued to realise the author’s vision after Le Guin passed away, illustrating The Left Hand of Darkness (2018), The Dispossessed (2019), The Tombs of Atuan (2022) and The Farthest Shore (2022), Tehanu (2023), Tales from Earthsea (2023) and The Other Wind (2024).

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