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Firstly, the book is shorter than I expected, completing it in four sittings over the course of three days This is not necessarily a negative point but if you re looking for a book to entertain you for the duration of a nine hour flight, this isn t it.The world Le Guin has created is vivid and individual, drawing me in very early on I found I wanted to know about the workings of the archipelago world of Earthsea The first half of the book does this well, describing in detail the cultures and scenery of the islands of Earthsea Unfortunately, despite continuing to travel to new lands The depth of description is lost somewhat during the progression of the plot I feel this is probably a casualty of the books length, but perhaps does lend to the faster pacing of the second half.I did very much enjoy seeing the character development of Ged from the proud arrogance of youth to the quiet insight of experience Again, some of the other characters I would have liked to have learned about and seen similar development over the passage of the book.In summary, I thoroughly enjoyed A Wizard of Earthsea, it manages to fit comfortably within the fantasy genre while retaining a unique setting and culture Perhaps my sole complaint being there wasn t enough of it, which is probably not a bad thing. This is a re read for me first read years ago and I saw this on kindle at a very good price and bought the series I next surfaced about two weeks later having read the whole series I saw and understood sides to the story on this read and its a very good one at that 6 books in the saga all link in together and make what I used to call a ripping yarn Old fashioned term but it still applies the story is not rushed its not written as one book spread out over 6 books as some do today its 6 books which each stand alone as good writing and together make a saga Be prepared to get lost in this one and you find the next book will only be a click away This is the first Ursula K Le Guin story I have read It was written in 1968, pre dating my birth The story is about a young boy who becomes a mage, learns his trade and makes some pretty terrible mistakes along the way.A large part of the book features the boy Ged searching for a mysterious entity that he has unwhittingly unleashed upon the world.For a while I thought he might have been looking for a consistent point of view because it certainly wandered all over the place, roaming between multiple characters and the omnipresent voice often within the same scene In a modern novel this would be frowned upon but I guess in 1968, authors were playing with a very different rule book.Luckily this author handled the odd style well and enriched the story with many beautiful details about the characters and settings Some of the description added real depth to the story I enjoyed this story quite a bit. This book, the first of a trilogy, has inspired so many other authors, from Neil Gaiman to Ian Banks, or even underpinning the world of Harry Potter A must read of the magical fantasy coming of age genre, complete with a magical school.I first read this when I was 11 or 12 years old, I ve just now re read it, and, nostalgia aside, it is an amazing work I was struck now by the quality of the writing, beautifully formed sentences, built from unusual and evocative words And in this book, words have real power, naming a creature or object is what gives magical power over it.So if you enjoy fantasy, magic self discovery, this is a must read to discover the author who inspired so many after her. I first read this book when I was eleven years old, and have come back to it and the subsequent series many times.In some respects it s really NOT a children s book but really good kids books appeal to all ages.Enough adventure, excitement and destiny to enthrall but also enough metaphysics to intrigue and leave you with much to ponder. The narrative style of A Wizard of Earthsea is a very distant omniscient, quite at odds with modern books This stylistic difference makes it a challenging read at times, given that the characters seem to be shells drifting in the swells of the tale than protagonists driving their own choices.Perhaps the strongest redeeming feature is the occasional twist of phrase that adds folds of colour to the setting in the space between words. I remember reading this when I was young, and it s nostalgic favourite.The writing style reminds me of tradition legends like the Irish stories of Finn McCool, or perhaps Beowulf.It s a tale of personal nature, rather than a Tolkein style quest against an evil adversary, but is all the enjoyable for that. The writing style of this book just didn t engage me It read like a fable bedtime story which meant it was always telling a story in a detached way There was little development of characters, or world building which is a shame because I think the world itself and the magic system are quite interesting.There just wasn t enough to hold my interest and have me wanting to continue the series. Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk 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 Read by Kobna Holdbrook Smith A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin follows the prideful young wizard Sparrowhawk as he discovers his magic, releases a terrible shadow, then spends a decade defeating the monster he created A realistically flawed protagonist, great prose and moral lessons on overcoming the darkness within, pride, power and desire a Taoist parable cleverly disguised as a fantasy novel.