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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
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A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)

by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Series: The Earthsea Cycle (1)

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A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.
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Ged's first adventure, undoing evil he unleashed
  ritaer | May 27, 2020 |
not just another fantasy story with wizards and magic. really well written and complex character development. read to read more Le Guin after this. ( )
  aabtzu | May 18, 2020 |
For a coming of age story, this seems to skip a lot of Ged’s coming of age. The point of view is a bit detached from the main character in general. The last 50 pages or so felt a little bit like it was treading water until the climax, but I found the book as a whole to be an okay fantasy novel. ( )
  peterbmacd | May 16, 2020 |
Either I forgot how much this reads like an epic poem, or I missed it when I first read this many years ago. The writing is lyrical, the world-building dynamic and wide-reaching. I know I’m far from its targeted audience but I got swept up in the sense of enchantment and adventure all the same. ( )
  wandaly | May 15, 2020 |
dnf :( wanted to love this, but found the fable-style storytelling didn't work for me, plus i only cared about jasper (who got short shrift, as the baddy, of course) and all the female characters - who were wicked, of course, and not in the slang sense. i've been told le guin gets much better and there are definitely a lot of her other works i want to read, but i can't bring myself to continue with this series. ( )
  i. | Apr 9, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Le Guin, Ursula K.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Archer, KarenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cases, MadeleineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon. DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, Anne YvonneCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harman, DominicCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Inglis, RobNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paronis, MargotTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rambelli, RobertaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rikman, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robbins, RuthIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saunders, Micksecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Only in silence the word,
only in dark the light,
only in dying life:
bright the hawk's flight
on the empty sky.    
—The Creation of Éa
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To my brothers
Clifton, Ted, Karl
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The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards.
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The wise man is one who never sets himself apart from other living things, whether they have speech or not, and in later years he strove long to learn what can be learned, in silence, from the eyes of animals, the flight of birds, the great slow gestures of trees.
It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul.
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