A Wizard of Earthsea

(Earthsea Cycle #1)

Paperback, 183 pages

English language

Published Sept. 28, 2004 by Spectra.

ISBN:
9780553383041

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4 stars (5 reviews)

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.

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Review of 'A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1)' on 'LibraryThing'

4 stars

Sweetly told coming-of-age story, that preaches Daoism as much as Daoism may be praught. I loved how it takes a very male story and turns machismo into a self-punishing weakness, but was also troubled by how even Le Guin wrote a story in which the women were all minor characters and very limited in what they could do. I gather later Earthsea books fix that, and look forward to them.

Review of 'A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1)' on 'LibraryThing'

4 stars

Sweetly told coming-of-age story, that preaches Daoism as much as Daoism may be praught. I loved how it takes a very male story and turns machismo into a self-punishing weakness, but was also troubled by how even Le Guin wrote a story in which the women were all minor characters and very limited in what they could do. I gather later Earthsea books fix that, and look forward to them.

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Subjects

  • Wizards
  • Fiction
  • Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
  • Fantasy
  • Fantasy - General
  • Fiction / Fantasy / General
  • Magic