A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

Originally published in 1968, Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea titles. Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.

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L.A. Di Paolo’s Review: This novel by Ursula LeGuin, a coming-of-age story about a young sorcerer by the name of Ged, pulled me in right in–from the very first lines–and it took me to a place unlike any other I had ever been taken to before. Le Guin’s language in this novel is so beautiful–so strange even–that I felt the need to reread it as soon as I was done, just so that I could hear the words again as I read them out-loud, and see them in my mind. Ged, the young sorcerer apprentice, is filled with self-doubt and uncertainty, which leads him to make regrettable and serious mistakes, with far-reaching consequences. But, thanks to some true friends and guides, as well as thanks to his own determination, he finds his way to his destination–a destination–and there makes peace with himself and with his magic, fixing his mistakes and taking the next steps in his evolution toward sorcery.

If you love beautiful prose, well-developed characters and a beautiful story, you will love this book–a book which makes me want to write like Ursula Le Guin though I know I have not the skill.

L.A. Di Paolo

Series: The Earthsea Cycle
Genre: Fantasy
Tag: Recommended Books
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition
Publication Year: 2012
ISBN: 9780547722023
List Price: 6.09
eBook Price: 8.99
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