a wizard of earthsea

by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Book 43 of 445 in the Best Fantasy Books
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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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Anonymous | 2013-03-22 06:00:08
A "Must Read" in classic fantasy. Ursula Leguin's haunting style and simple story lines are akin to the verbal history of myths and legends, not stuffed with gratuitous world building as is the current style. Don't let the small size of the volumes fool you, the story is rich and the setting as intersting as many works ten times the size. I have always enjoyed writers with an economical style such as Bradbury and Hemmingway. While Leguin is much more mystical she is not one to waste the reader's time. Very enjoyable.
Anonymous | 2013-04-14 03:20:10
Far and away, the first book is the best. It's far better than most of the books on this list.
Anonymous | 2014-11-18 10:44:42
Brilliantly written, a classic.
Billy Stewart | 2014-11-18 10:46:21
Brilliant trilogy, a classic and "must read" for all fantasy fans.
Mus3s | 2015-10-29 07:07:07
At once leaving this reader poignant but with a sense of closure. What a mighty mighty work of fiction. I rate this highly across the entire sci fi / fantasy landscape. A very different work from Left hand of darkness
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