A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin

earthseaHogwarts wasn’t the first school of magic to train a powerful, young wizard. A Wizard of Earthsea is a spellbinding high-fantasy classic that has inspired fantasy worlds from Harry Potter to World of Warcraft. In it, we follow Sparrowhawk as he journeys from child to master sorceror, thwarted only by a darkness that rises from within himself. Ursula K. Leguin drew from Nordic legends of witchcraft, dragons and the underworld to weave an original story of self-understanding and the power of language to shape the world. I expected Leguin to incorporate a wider range of female characters into the story. It was surprising that all the female characters were very weak, simple, quick to stir up evil or just make bread. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Tombs of Atuan, about a powerful priestess who meets our hero in the next phase of his journey.

(image from tales from earthsea)

Update: I read Tombs of Atuan. It was really good. Maybe even better than A Wizard of Earthsea? Wish I’d read it when I was little. It’s about a little girl but its pretty dark.

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