Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula Le Guin

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I need to catch up on my books on Vox. I read this a while back but never got around to posting about it. Matter of fact I don’t recall that much about it. It follows the tale of a kid who becomes a wizard and goes to wizard school and unleashes an evil spirit and then has to beat said evil spirit.

To be honest, I didn’t enjoy it that much at all. I probably would have enjoyed it when I was in my teens, but it was just a bit too formulaic and shallow for me. Perhaps it gets better as the series progresses. I don’t really care though; book one didn’t grab me enough to want to carry on.


  1. Steve Betz says:

    I loved this book when I was in high school and re-read it maybe five years ago.  I still loved it.  I think the thing I appreciated after reading so many “epic” stories is the sparse and lovely language of LeGuin.   If it was published today, I think it’d be in the “tween” section (because it’s not all that complicated).

    The next two are pretty similar and the 4th “Tehanu” (written decades later) is so awful I stopped reading it.

  2. Lightchaser says:

    I read this sometime last year and reacted similarly. The story and presentation are so… trite. Or maybe reading Harry Potter first sort of ruined this kind of plot for me (I like HP, and it might have become some sort of template for boy-wizard stories).
    Never got round to reading the next instalment, either.