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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin: Book Review


My Review

My Rating 4/5

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin was a wonderful read. I love classic fantasy for the simplicity. It differs greatly to modern fantasy as it ‘tells’ much of the story rather than ‘showing’ it, but this is not a weakness of the novel.

The world in A Wizard of Earthsea feels full, magical, and I wasn’t left feeling like nothing much happened as there is so much travelling involved.

The Plot is Simple

The hero of The Wizard of Earthsea, Ged, trains as a magician and goes into the world to face a dark force. Nothing too complicated – a nice, easy read.

After reading The Wizard of Earthsea, I saw where authors like J. K. Rowling and Patrick Rothfuss got their wizard-school inspiration. Kvothe in The Name of the Wind is surprisingly similar to Ged in this fantasy book.

The only reason this book is not 5 stars is because of the ending. I felt like it was a little rushed – Ursula K. Le Guin could have wrapped it up over a longer time.

That being said, I’m looking forward to reading the next book, The Tombs of Atuan soon!

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