A Wizard of Earthsea

"Embark on a mesmerizing adventure with 'A Wizard of Earthsea' book. Join young Ged as he discovers his magical destiny and battles ancient forces. Dive into a timeless tale of wizardry and wonder. Grab your copy and lose yourself in the enchanting world of Earthsea."
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  A Wizard of Earthsea is a 1968 fantasy novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, set in the fictional archipelago of Earthsea. The story follows Ged, a young mage, as he learns to cope with power and death. The novel is often described as a bildungsroman, exploring the concept of language and names’ power to affect the material world. Le Guin’sEarthsea Cycle, consisting of five subsequent books, has received high praise, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1969 and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1979. The series has been described as a work of high style and imagination, and has been praised as the most thrilling, wise, and beautiful children’s novel ever.

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The Island of Gont, a mountain atop the Northeast Sea, is a land known for wizards and adventurers. His mother, Duny, died before he was a year old, and his father, a grim unspeaking man, was unable to bring him up in tenderness. Duny’s life was a tale of survival and adventure, as his brothers worked in various towns and cities.A tall, quick boy named Duny grew wild and proud, herding goats in steep meadows above the riversprings. At seven years old, Duny heard his aunt’s words to a goat that jumped up onto a hut and jumped when she cried a rhyme. He shouted the words to the goats, who came to him quickly, looking at him out of their yellow eyes.Duny, a boy, learns a powerful rhyme that gives him power over goats. The goats, fearing him, come closer and huddle together, causing the boy to weep and bellow. Villagers swear at the goats and laugh at him. Deny’s aunt, who is not laughing, tells the goats to bleat and wander, freed from the spell. Deny is taken to her hut, where she asks him about the rhyme and if he knows it.

Ged learns about the fourfoil’s seasons, root, leaf, and flower by sight, scent, and seed. He questions its usefulness and the use of Gont Mountain or the Open Sea. Ogion instructs him to be silent, but Ged refuses. He wonders about the greatness and magic of Mage Ogion, who does not use spells to send storms aside. Ged finds a thick fir-tree and lay down beneath it, contemplating the power of power and the consequences of being too wise to use it.In the winter, Ged and his master, Ogion, travel to Re Albi, a town named Falcon’s Nest, near the Port of Gont. The mage’s house is large and soundly built, with a hearth and chimney. Ged spends the winter learning to write and read the Six Hundred Runes of Hardic, which is essential for true mastery. The Hardic language, which has no magic power, has its roots in the Old Speech, which is the language in which things are named with their true names. Understanding this speech starts with the Runes written when the islands were first raised up from the sea.Winter was filled with heavy pages of the Runebook, rain, and snow, and Ogion would sit in silence by the fire. Ged, a mage, would sometimes forget words, but he eventually invented speech. As spring arrived, Ogion sent Ged to gather herbs on meadows above Re Albi, allowing him to spend the day wandering and exploring. He always brought some home. One day, he found rare white hallows flowers on a meadow, and he met a girl named Sparrowhawk, who wanted to learn more about sorcery.

The School for Wizards

Ged, a young man aboard Shadow, slept the night and woke up early the next morning. He found the town of Thwil to be a city, but he was unsure of where to find the Warder of the School on Roke. He asked the first townsman of Thwil where he would find the Warder, but the man told him to ask the wise. Ged went uphill and found a square with market-booths and a fort or castle. He asked an old woman with a basket of mussels to sell her mussels.He found a small wooden door in the building and knocked on it. The old man opened the door, and Ged stepped forward, but the doorkeeper was watching him. He tried the Opening spell, which his aunt had taught him, but it was only a witch’s charm. Ged waited for help from the old man, but he couldn’t enter. He asked the doorkeeper to say his name, and Ged said it aloud. He entered the doorway, but a shadow followed him.Ged enters the House of the Wise, a magical place built of stone and magic. He is welcomed by the doorkeeper, who leads him through halls and corridors to an open court. Inside, he feels presences and powers working unseen about him. As they meet, a bird sings aloud, and Ged understands that he is a word spoken by the sunlight. The moment passes, and Ged kneels before the Archmage, holding out a letter written by Ogion.

Review:

  A Wizard of Earthsea is a brilliantly-written cornerstone of the fantasy genre, providing a refreshing and nostalgic experience for first-time and long-time readers. The story follows Ged, a young wizard who must learn the responsibility and place of his place in the world. Written from a third-person perspective, it is a unique and captivating read that translates perfectly from verbal storytelling. The story is set in a deep and vast world, with the magic of Earthsea being as natural as the wind and water. The story is perfect for reading aloud, making it an immersive experience even in audiobook form. Overall, A Wizard of Earthsea is a must-read for fantasy enthusiasts looking for a refreshing and classic read.