A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA

16 Mar
Science Fiction Book Club by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin;  and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing 2005  hardcover edition 422 pages Young Adult/Science Fiction Fantasy

Science Fiction Book Club by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin;
and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing 2005
hardcover edition 422 pages
Young Adult/Science Fiction Fantasy

The first book in this Trilogy introduces us to a young wizard who is tempted by vanity. Being schooled in the learning of wizardry, Ged attempts a Spell of Summoning without the full knowledge of its powers or of his own. As a result, Ged brings about a dark spirit shadow. One that must attach itself to the wizard who summoned it, before the wizard learns of his name.

The setting here is in the 11th century, and takes us to the Islands of Earthsea where we follow a wizard through his youth into his maturity as he learns the ways of magic, both good and bad. Very nicely written.

If you like wizards & dragons; swords & sorcery ….. and if you are fans of *Harry, **Eragon, and ***Smeagol, you’ll enjoy the camaraderie here, as you feign not to notice, of course.

The telling of Ged the Wizard began in 1968 as a Trilogy. It was followed by book two in 1971, and in 1972 the last breath of the Earthsea Trilogy was published (or so was thought). The telling of Ged is no longer a Trilogy, or for that matter is it a Quartet, so called when the fourth installment was published in 1975. Now, Earthsea is referred to as a Cycle. Apparently, Le Guin could not live without the wizards and dragons she so cleverly gave birth to. In the year 2001 two more books were added to Earthsea, whence the Cycle began. For now though, for me, there is only the Trilogy wherein I immerse myself completely within the magic of Le Guin’s words. I‘m looking forward to meeting up with Ged again in The Tombs of Atuan – until then, I have some loose (book) ends to tie-up whilst anticipating the arrival of some new books to dive into.

First publication 1968, 1971 & 1972 respectively

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* Harry Potter (Series) written by J. K. Rowling

** Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle) written by Christopher Paolini

*** The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) written by J. R. R. Tolkien

Young Adult Fantasy

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