A Wizard of Earthsea

, #1

School & Library Binding, 208 pages

English language

Published Oct. 5, 1999 by Tandem Library.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

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A wizard's journey in a world where true names are important.

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An interesting read about the coming-of-age of a wizard in the group of islands known as Earthsea that was raised out of the ocean in the distant past by forces unknown. In this realm, magic and control of an item by magic comes by knowing the true name of the object. This also applies to the wizards; for to reveal to a fellow wizard your true name implies trust that your true name would not be used against you.

The story starts with a young boy who discovers a knack for magic. After learning a few simple spells, the boy manages to protect his village from marauders, which gets the attention of a powerful wizard who proceeds to tutor him. But when the boy's desire for magical knowledge grows faster than the wizard is willing to teach, he goes off to learn it from the school at the heart of …


  • Fiction
  • Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
  • Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
  • Fantasy
  • Magic