Review: A Wizard of Earthsea

March 7, 2011

Read the review and more after the break.

Le Guin, U. K. (1968). A wizard of earthsea. New York, NY: Spectra.

Le Guin’s classic fantasy novel introduces a Ged, a young wizard who needs to learn how to harness his powers.  During his wizard training Ged accidentally releases a great evil.  He spends most of the novel trying to defeat this foe, which proves difficult.  Some fantasy uses magic as a way to get its characters out of trouble. A Wizard of Earthsea, however, doesn’t let the wizards practice magic without consequence.  And while the beginning is slow-going, Le Guin builds suspense through her story and packs it full of danger and the dark arts.  As Ged matures, and comes to understand his power, the reader will get wrapped up in the wonderfully built world.  Recommended for 8th grade and up.

Similar titles (Read-a-Likes):  Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wynn Jones, The Magicians by Lev Grossman, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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