A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)
"The shapeless mass of darkness split apart. It sundered, and a pale spindle of light gleamed between his open arms. In the oval of light there moved a human shape: a tall woman...beautiful, and sorrowful, and full of fear." - from A Wizard of Earthsea, first in a tetralogy that includes The... show more
"The shapeless mass of darkness split apart. It sundered, and a pale spindle of light gleamed between his open arms. In the oval of light there moved a human shape: a tall woman...beautiful, and sorrowful, and full of fear." - from A Wizard of Earthsea, first in a tetralogy that includes The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore, introduces the listener to Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, known also as Sparrowhawk. When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught. There, Ged's natural talents enable him to surpass his classmates in little time. But when his vanity prompts him to summon Elfarran, the fair lady of the Deed of Enlad, he unleashes a shapeless mass of darkness - the shadow.
Publish date: 1992
Publisher: Recorded Books
Edition language: English
Series: Earthsea Cycle (#1)
I didn't really know what to expect with this, but it was ... interesting. I think. I'm not quite sure what to make of this, to be honest. It was certainly very imaginative, and deftly written, but I didn't really connect with Ged or any of the other characters. They didn't feel real, but were jus...
Another from NPR's Backseat Bookshelf. The rating is solely because I don't like high fantasy (I do like low fantasy). I'm pretty sure this A Wizard of Earthsea is good since most people who do like high fantasy like Le Guin and the Earthsea series. If I wanted long descriptions of fantasy worlds...
With all the hoo-ha regarding LeGuin's recent passing, I figured I should read one of her books to find out why she was so beloved. I think one of my kids might have read some LeGuin back during his adolescence. So, it seems this is to be the tale of a person born Duny, who is later named as Ged on ...
My dad read the first four to us when we were tiny smol, and then I reread the trilogy as a teen, so it's very hard to separate this book from my memories of this book, which are vague but wondrous. Le Guin herself said that the lack of positive, powerful women was a mistake made by a young author...
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