A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin: Book Review


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. –Goodreads

My Review

My Rating 4/5

This 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 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, Ged, trains as a magician and goes into the world to face a dark force. Nothing too complicated – a nice, easy read.

The only reason this book is not 5 stars is because of the ending. I felt like it was a little rushed – the author could have wrapped it up over a longer time. That being said, I’m looking forward to reading the next book soon!

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