Katherine Stuart, January 14, 2009 (view all comments by Katherine Stuart)
This is my second reading of the Earthsea trilogy and I am just as enchanted as I was with the first reading. Le Guin captures the character of Ged with such clarity and without overproduction. She crafts the story of his coming of age with such a light touch without preachiness. I admire the lengths to which she takes this character even to the point of death and then brings him back.
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ericdt2, January 16, 2008 (view all comments by ericdt2)
It is such a fantastic novel not about wars and violent acts of humanity, but about fixing problems and trying to understand both yourself (as you are put in the main charachter's shoes) and those around the main character. I read "The Wizard of Earthsea" in the summer of 2005 when I went to New Zealand with People to People, having typed only the word "Wizard" into an online search box -- I am glad I picked the first book that appeared. It's now one of my two favorites books --ever.
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timlarson99, May 26, 2006 (view all comments by timlarson99)
A Wizard of Earthsea was the first novel of fantasy literature introduced to me a the age of 12. It was, however not chosen by our class to read, but another book. Enthralled nonetheless, I took it upon myself to read this book and have since fallen in love with its land, people and the mysteries therein. From there I have ventured into many far fantastical lands, but this was my first experience and I shall never forget it. It is a great book that can awaken in the mind of a child the thoughts and desires kindling, but never fully known, in a heart.
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by The Reader's Catalog,
"The first volume of her wonderful and haunting fantasy trilogy for children; as good as anything she has written for adults, or perhaps even better."
by Sunday Times (London),
"Among the looms of fantasy fiction, Ursula Le Guin weaves on where J.R.R. Tolkien cast off. It's a large claim; heresy perhaps to legions of Hobbit fanciers. But in a superb trio of novels, Le Guin's invented world of Earthsea fuming with dragons and busy with magic has replaced Tolkien's Middle Earth as the chosen land for high, otherworldly adventure."
A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.
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.
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