A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

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Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the 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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2012
ISBN: 9780547851396
0547851391
Branch Call Number: YA SF LE GUIN
Characteristics: 224 p. ; 22 cm

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Basically, Obi-Wan as a wizard wandering a different world...

Not only is the "Earthsea" trilogy a wonderful series for adolescents but it also contains profound wisdom for adults seeking their own path to individuation. Rich in timeless myth, the series has the young mage Ged surmount many trials on his way to understanding himself and therein li... Read More »


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sat7
Nov 29, 2017

Much fun, looking forward to the later volumes -

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Bell_Fleck
Jul 26, 2017

I'm not quite sure why, but I just didn't like A Wizard of Earthsea. I wanted to. I love fantasy! And some of my favorite fantasy authors wrote in the mid-twentieth century. Nevertheless, I just couldn't get into this book. Perhaps it was my expectations (which so often ruin things). I knew the book was highly regarded and that Ursula LeGuin is considered a masterful writer. And yet I STILL did not love this book. I didn't even like it. I guess, in the end, I thought it was really esoteric and, as a result, unrelatable. I just couldn't get into it. For instance, where the heck are the female characters? It was like LeGuin was a man writing in the 14th century, omitting women almost entirely except for ugly references to straying and corrupted sorceresses (Serret at the Court of Terrenon) or extremely brief ones of piffling significance (Yarrow, the young sister of Ged's friend, Vetch). [Later on in the library--I have wikipedia-ed the book and alas! I think I understand my confusion. The book reflects LeGuin's belief in Taoism. While I resonated with elements of the story, I was ultimately flummoxed by her cosmology.]

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julia_sedai
Feb 17, 2017

I don't remember if I read this as a kid or teen but I just read it now at age 27 and really enjoyed it. The story is well-written and the world-building is great. It was a bit slow in the beginning but then got fast-paced with new things happening pretty quickly. I liked the whole idea of the sea with hundreds of islands and boats as the main way to travel. The map is pretty detailed and I kept referencing it. If you like old-school fantasy, you should try this book, although I think anyone would like it. Recommended for teens and adults alike. I am looking forward to reading more about Ged and Earthsea.

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BrianSioui
Oct 22, 2016

An excellent story from an excellent author. I highly recommend this book.

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sdelao
Oct 14, 2014

A really enjoyable series!

Jena08 Jul 10, 2014

I love this series! I was looking for a good read and it was recommended from "bestfantasybooks.com." I love the premise of one's true name. After I read this series I made the connection to another fantasy writer -Patrick Rothfuss. I love him but I found that he "adopted" alot of his themes from this author. Ursula LeGuin was way ahead of her time! A must read!

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x405
Aug 21, 2013

Wonderful read for any age. She is my favourite author.

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x405
Jul 30, 2013

I read this book when I was at school and really enjoyed it.

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tocch101
May 16, 2012

Simple and short, but filled with a sense of another world and fantasy that is true without disrupting any other. I look forward to the others in the series.

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humbleworm
May 12, 2012

In this seminal classic, the power of magic lies in knowing the true name of people and things. The next two books in the trilogy were followed many years later by a 4th but I'd say this first book was the best.

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MeatPopsicle
Jul 12, 2015

This is the original boy goes to wizard school. Our young hero Sparrowhawk will let his pride get himself in trouble, and will need to undertake a great journey of self discovery to hopefully get himself out again.

siammarino Feb 16, 2015

Ged is a prentice wizard who is sent to the isle of Roke to learn his craft with others like him (starts just like Harry Potter). However a spell goes wrong and he is haunted thereafter by his own dark shadow. Ged learns to confront it instead of running, and in doing so he is freed from the evil that tormented him. Loved this book! Very atmospheric and lyrical. There are no armies and bloodshed; the fight is inward instead of against others.

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MeatPopsicle
Jul 12, 2015

". . . knowing his whole true self, cannot be used or possessed by any power other than himself, and whose life therefore is lived for life's sake and never in the service of ruin, or pain, or hatred, or the dark."

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