A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin - Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea

  • Release Date:     ISBN: 129924788551241606
  • Book Genre: Fantasy
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A Wizard of Earthsea Book Summary

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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A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin Book Reviews

  • Wizardly! (Dwardeng)

    The first installment of one of Fantasy's greatest series.
  • Expected better (Joerum62)

    I read some where about Le Guin’s “Earthsea” series so I figured give it a try. On a basic level, “A Wizard of Earthsea” was a satisfying story - engaging, well paced and good character development of the hero Ged. So, I finished it at in a couple days which for me is a sign of a decent and enjoyable read. On a deeper level, it didn’t have the richness of “Lord of the Rings” or the Narnia books. Many scenes came off as pastiches and many of the characters as one dimensional, both as mere props in Ged’s journey to discovery. Most of all, the ending was somewhat of a let down - I’ll leave it at that to avoid spoiling the story. And interesting, while Le Guin makes it clear that her characters are people of color, its done very subtly. Using a buzz term du jour, it didn’t stop my own unconscious bias from imagining the characters as being at most Mediterranean or Arabic versus black or mulatto. Part of this may be that the so much of the fantasy genre in general, and even in Le Guin’s “Earthsea”, is so enwrapped in the Norse/Celtic motifs, its hard to break one’s mind from preconceived prejuidices. The real question is - will I read the rest of the series?!
  • The Origin of Pixie Dust (Sabar)

    What a scrumptious read. It's as if its a book about Gandaulf or even Merlin as pupils. Le Guin has certainly hooked me and makes me wonder why none of her books have been adapted. Perhaps our society is not ready for people of color to have agency with their magic.
  • Incomplete! (Sleepier)

    As others pointed out, it cuts off abruptly three quarters of the way through. What the hell! How do I get my money back?
  • Good but expensive (Bf2loser)

    The story is good. I'll give this series that much. But it's just so short. Most books I read from iTunes bookstore clock in around 2000-2500 pages (iPhone sized). This and the second book in the Earthsea series are around 350 pages. These are $8.99, my others I compared it to (stormlight archives) I believe were $9.99. I won't be buying anymore of these books unless I can get them for less than $4 because there's just so little in them.
  • at last! (john harbour)

    it is so good to see the trilogy + finally in the store!
  • A Wizard of Earthsea (HotDogPrincess)

    Still hands down my favorite fantasy books. I retread this series more than any other book. Truly a magical realm. Cheers to Ursula for these literary gifts.

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