The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This wraps up Le Guin's original trilogy of Ged, better known as Sparrowhawk, the greatest wizard of Earthsea, and even though I really enjoyed it, something about it keeps nagging me.
It's about death, the deathlands, and the end of magic. That's not the problem. In fact, that's the best part of it.
I suppose it's just the feel that this story is the end of Ged after I just started to get to know him. That cocky kid and cocky adult just metamorphosed into an old man. I mean, sure, he's still the same cocky and hard-earned wise man and he really shines when he picks up companions, like this young future king, but it seems like he's always having to correct his old mistakes.
Of course, that's kinda the point, too.
As a fantasy, I think it's still pretty wonderful. I guess I'm just grousing because I prefer a younger wizard. :)
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