A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Series #1)

A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Series #1)

by Ursula K. Le Guin
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A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Series #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547773742
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Series: Earthsea Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 39,098
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. Among her honors are a National Book Award, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon. www.ursulakleguin.com


Portland, Oregon

Date of Birth:

October 21, 1929

Place of Birth:

Berkeley, California


B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952

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Wizard of Earthsea 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 167 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's interesting, in these days of Harry Potter, to read what people think of LeGuin's Earthsea books and in particular 'A Wizard of Earthsea'. I think that people forget that this book was first published in 1968, about 30 years before the US publication of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's [Philosopher's] Stone'. While, in my opinion, J.K. Rowling is an extremely creative writer, her characters are all fairly simplistic, with virtually one-track minds. Adults in Rowling's magical world are as immature and petty as the children at Hogwarts. Her characters are driven by rather simple, predictable emotions and goals. Characters in Rowling's books continuously repeat the same character flaws and don't seem to learn from them over the course of seven books. Rowling paints with so thick a brush that the reader becomes duped into accepting that a plot twist equates to character development. LeGuin's Ged, on the other hand, does learn. He exists in a world where children act like children and adults act like adults. He grows immensely during this coming of age tale. His character development leads the plot, rather than the other way around, therefore, creating a much richer read, in my opinion, than any of Rowling's beloved books. LeGuin packs so much imagery, action and character development into a book less than 200 pages long. Compare that to the endless chapters in the Harry Potter books where you spend over 200 pages finding out, for example, who's taking who to the Yule Ball, or how many times Harry will serve detention. LeGuin's book is probably written for younger readers who like to think about the meaning of what they are reading, rather than simply follow a story line laid out before them. Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed J.K. Rowling's books and I greatly appreciate them for what they are...I've bought the last few books the day they were released, just like almsot everybody else. But I absolutely love LeGuin's work and I feel that she has written amongst the finest fantasy writing I have read, to date, and I've been reading fantasy for over 25 years. For people who have enjoyed reading Harry Potter, you may also enjoy the original three books of this series 'A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, and The Farthest Shore'. The Farthest Shore is also a masterpiece. As I have grown older, with maturation of my understanding of the way things work in life, my perspective and understanding of that story has evolved and so I consider that book to be a rare literary equivalent to a fine wine whose flavors change as it ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Wizard of Earth Sea by Ursula K. Le Guin is an amazing piece of Sci Fi literature and covers many captivating themes such as light vs. dark, arrogance vs. self control, modesty and maturity vs. boasting and growing and of course friendship. The book was published by A Bantam Spectra Book Co. and what a wonderful decision it was for them to publish such a wonderful book. Ged starts of young and arrogant with little self control. He strives to be the best at everything he does and wants to prove himself better than his humble island. After discovering his magical abilities he shortly starts making poor choices that his arrogance, lack of self control, and immaturity lead on to. He summons up a spirit and a fog that nearly destroy him twice. Ged starts a new journey on the island of Roke where he is given magical lessons from the best of the best. In his haste to learn all he can he gains knowledge much faster than other students and quickly excels. He meets his friend and enemy on the same day. Vetch the peace maker a character most enjoyable for his kind ways and Jasper most despised for having all of the bad traits of Ged yet none of his good qualities that make Ged acceptable. Ged and Jasper become competitors and each thinks they are better than the other. This leads to Ged and Jasper having a competition. Ged must summon a spirit to prove he has greater power then Jasper. In doing so Le Guin shows that when a person creates something out of evil and darkness the product of that creation can only be or used for darkness and evil. This was also true in the case of Ged summoning up a spirit which allowed all of Ged¿s poor qualities to be poored into this dark shadow. Ged leaves Roke to hunt his darkness and when he comes face to face with it he realizes that it is just all of his own bad qualities. Ursula captures how people think of themselves and how we like to avoid all of our bad habits, but in the story Ged must face his and in doing so he truly becomes powerful and great. In my true and most honest opinion I find this book to be wonderful and captivating. It will keep a reader engaged page after page and will also spark a reader¿s interest in other books written by Le Guin. This story is definitely up there with Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. If you have any book to read with a class or for fun I would recommend this book again and again.
Sauron More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent star to the Earthsea Cycle. The writting is very fast in some moments of the book and suspenful and funny in other. You won't be bored.
RedFoxUK More than 1 year ago
This was good - made me go out and buy more of the Earthsea Series. My only problem was that the book wasn't very long and I read it far too quickly. I recommend for anybody who likes a little different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest novels i've ever read
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wizard of earthsea is, without a doubt, the best book ever!When I first read it, I was blown away. It's full of great characters, and the writings great.:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to read! Couldn't put it down. Would and have read it time and time again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She does magic when she writes, I am trully on an adventure with this series. I reread it every few years since no other storyteller can write so spellbindingly well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not even the first sentance. Some sample. How do I know if this book is right for me? GIVE AT LEAST THE FIRST CHAPTER!!!!!!!! Click yes if you agree!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I really loved how she brought out Ged's inner turmoils to show he was the same as others regardless of his proficiency in magic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just incredible
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not nearly as complex as Tolkien, wish she had written more backround material to give more insight into the culture and individual characters. This is easier reading and leaves the reader with many unanswered questions. I guess that is part of the charm of her writing...so many mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie from Studio Ghibli and i though it was pretty good, just a little violent at the end. Ok a lot violent! Everyone has very helpful reviews but some say they are awesome and others say they are awful. I do not know who to listen to so please reply back what is the best solution! Also answer this question: how is the movie different from the book? Please answer back to Teenager Deciding What to Read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My brother started readin it and right before starting the last book he just could not keep reading it. Read it if you choose but get it from the library just in case
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly not pure plot, thank heavens. Many YA books today have little but plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hav no idea I should get this book because the riews either hate it or love ir. I just want to know what th plot is basically about. Will some one please tell me?
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Okay story but didn't mame much sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Subversive but timeless.
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While the concepts of magic presented are indeed interesting, this book lulled me to sleep. There is little to no detail any of the characters, barely any dialouge, and definitly doesn't live up to its wonderus ratings. If it's requiered reading for school, I would definitly check it out of a library and save money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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