A Wizard of Earthsea

Earthsea Cycle (Book 1)

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Originally published in 1968, Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea titles. Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous 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.


The Island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards. From the towns in its high valleys and the ports on its dark narrow...

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URSULA K. LE GUIN was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929, and passed away in Portland, Oregon, in 2018. She published over sixty books of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, children's literature, and translation. She was the recipient of a National Book Award, six Hugo and five Nebula awards, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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magic school, fantasy, adventure fantasy

This is another fantasy book I cannot help but recommend.

Its about a boy, discovering his powers, going to "magic-school", and many adventures, including dragons.

There is little to no romance.

The writing is so different from the others in the genre. I especially applaud the author's inclusion of diverse, non-white characters.(The MC has dark skin) . This was written in the 1960s, so fairly unusual for those times.

Ursula K. Le Guin has many other books that are also incredible.

12/11/2022 1:18:06 PM

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