A Wizard Of Earthsea

A Wizard Of Earthsea

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The first book of Earthsea is a tale of wizards, dragons and terrifying shadows. The island of Gont is a land famous for wizards. Of these, some say the greatest - and surely the greatest voyager - is the man called Sparrowhawk. As a reckless, awkward boy, he discovered the great power that was in him - with terrifying consequences. Tempted by pride to try spells beyond his means, Sparrowhawk lets loose an evil shadow-beast in his land. Only he can destroy it, and the quest leads him to the farthest corner of Earthsea.
Publisher: Harmondsworth, England : Puffin/Penguin Books, 1986.
ISBN: 9780140304770
0140304770
9780547773742
Characteristics: 201 p. :,ill. ;,18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Robbins, Ruth

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smatte
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.

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charliewdelaney
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.

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DragonLordOfFire
Mar 10, 2019

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

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traceyrb
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.

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sat7
Jul 05, 2018

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

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lukasevansherman
Mar 26, 2018

First part in the 6-book "Earthsea" cycle. R.I.P. Ursula K. Le Guin.

ArapahoeSam Jan 10, 2018

And Old-school fantasy style series of a wizard and his coming of age adventures and trials. Good read for adolescents getting into YA who enjoy fantasy and dragons.

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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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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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