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"if only because this is a society in which religion is (almost?) completely absent."

Only, I'd think, if you skip the 2nd (and best, to my mind) book, The Tombs of Atuan - I suppose you don't have priestesses without religion, after all. (This isn't in the Archipelago, of course, and that's important, but religion, and "old gods" certainly play an important role in the books.)

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