A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Here's an odd bit of trivia: I had just read Beagle's Last Unicorn this month, so it is still very fresh in my mind. I agreed with everyone that it was a real classic with so much to love within its pages.
And yet, right after reading A Wizard of Earthsea, I'm gonna have to say I think A Wizard of Earthsea is better. Not only better, but a lot more enjoyable, fascinating, and exciting!
Not by a lot, mind you, but enough that I can easily say that this Le Guin's classic is superior. :)
I hope this comes across as high praise... because that's the intent.
I love everything about it. It's all magic and equilibrium. The magic is super impressive and the world of islands is gorgeous. But most importantly, it's Sparrowhawk that I love. This young kid has gone through a lot in his short years and almost all of the hell and shadow is of his own making. Bad decisions leading eventually to wisdom, and all the while, the magic surges and surges.
Want a dragon fight? Raising the dead? Awesome shadows underneath the waters? Great discoveries? It's all here.
Maybe people just want unicorns more. I don't know. It's not me. I want magic that's clear and deep all at the same time, with a fundamental message that isn't corny and that's interwoven so deftly within the tale of discovery that the result is always obvious and profound.
This here tale does that. Perfectly.
I love it.
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