A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

eBook - 2013
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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, Massachusetts :, Houghton Mifflin, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2013]
Description: 1 online resource (210 pages)
Copyright Date: ©1968
ISBN: 9780544084377

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Aug 12, 2020

At times, A Wizard of Earthsea is a generic fantasy story, but what makes it different is the life lessons that it teaches. Ged, the main character, goes through the wringer in this book, but the wisdom he earns by the end is really touching. The world-building is also very inspired and investing.

Jun 28, 2020

This was a little bit confusing but I liked it anyway. I liked how the main character had to overcome their fear and how he grows in that journey.

ArapahoeTina Mar 18, 2020

Le Guin's storytelling may not be for everyone—she's slow and deliberate and has a fancy for creating unusual names and detailed world-building. The ending of this one was so profound, it took me off guard. Ursula truly is a master!

Feb 11, 2020

Le Guin's gorgeously evocative prose transports the reader to Earthsea, with its esoteric magic and whimsical locales suffusing the young protagonist's hero journey with a sense of inscrutable wonder. Ged's pitched battle against a foe of his own creation feels repetitive and overwrought at times, and the story comes to a rather predictable conclusion, but the ride to the finale is well worth it. This is a brisk read, perfect for a rainy Sunday, and essential for fans of the genre.

This is a really cool concept for a book. I loved the ending. The only thing I can say about this book other than that is that the characters have a lot of potential for funny fan fics, since the story doesn't go into very specific inner dialogue. Not something I would recommend to people wanting to get into the genre, but a good read.

Jun 10, 2019

A Wizard of Earthsea is a satisfyingly brisk high fantasy odyssey. The wizard school, while only a brief part of the book, seems to be a pre-cursor and possible influence of Harry Potter. The narrative is well-written. It seems to have been written with a young audience in mind, but does not insult the intelligence of these readers. I would recommend it to fans of fantasy and world-building epics of any age.

Mar 29, 2019

Even the author herself saw this book as a disappointment when she looked back on it. Maybe in 1968 it was clever and new, but this is just disappointingly patriarchal and lazy generic boy fantasy. It hardly deserves contemporary praise.

Mar 10, 2019

I read the, a while ago and really loved them! Amazing!

Oct 20, 2018

I have just finished A Wizard of Earthsea and thought it was excellent. I have never read anything by this author and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing and the depth of the story. There are several interesting points about the nature of power and evil, and how we need to be sure of what we seek and why.

Jul 05, 2018

Excellent work of fantasy/fiction. Well paced with good character development. A good read -

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ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

But you must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act. The world is in balance, in Equilibrium. A wizard's power of Changing and Summoning can shake the balance of the world. It is dangerous, that power...It must follow knowledge, and serve need.

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

To light a candle is to cast a shadow...

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.

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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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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