Ansul was once a peaceful town filled with libraries, schools, and temples. But that was long ago, and the conquerors of this coastal city consider reading and writing to be acts punishable by death. And they believe the Oracle House, where the last few undestroyed books are hidden, is seething with demons. But to seventeen-year-old Memer, the house is the only place where she feels truly safe. Then an Uplands poet named Orrec and his wife, Gry, arrive, and everything in Memer's life begins to change. Will she and the people of Ansul at last be brave enough to rebel against their oppressors?" ""Includes an interview with the author and a teaser to the third book in the series, "Powers.""
美國重要奇幻科幻、女性主義文學作家，1929年生。著有長篇小說20餘部、短篇小說集10本、詩集7本、評論集4本，已為兒童、青少年創作逾40部作品；並編纂文選與從事翻譯，包括將老子《道德經》譯成英文。曾獲美國國家書卷獎、號角書獎、紐伯瑞獎、世界奇幻獎、軌跡獎、星雲獎、雨果獎、小詹姆斯．提普翠獎、卡夫卡獎、普須卡獎……等，以及SFWA大師、洛杉磯時報Robert Kirsch終生成就獎等榮譽。此外亦獲頒美國《學校圖書館》期刊資助，由「青少年圖書館服務協會」負責遴選之「The Margaret A. Edwards終生貢獻獎」。
Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry, and four of translation, and has received the Hugo, Nebula, Endeavor, Locus, Tiptree, Sturgeon, PEN-Malamud, and National Book Award and the Pushcart and Janet Heidinger Kafka prizes, among others. In recent years she has received lifetime achievement awards from World Fantasy Awards, Los Angeles Times, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and Willamette Writers, as well as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award and the Library of Congress Living Legends award. Le Guin was the recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award and the Margaret Edwards Award. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, Words Are My Matter, an essay collection, and Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and her website is UrsulaKLeGuin.com.