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A Wizard of Earthsea Free read ¹ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Ged the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth Hungry for power and knowledge Sparrowhawk tampered with long held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world This is the tale of his testing how he mastered the mightG how he mastered the mighty words of power tamed an ancient dragon and crossed death's threshold to restore the balan. This what A Wizard of Earthsea taught me To know a thing's true name is to know its nature Don't fuck with dragons unless you know their true names Summoning the spirits of the dead is a bad idea especially on a schoolboy dare Truly changing your form is dangerous because you can become lost in the aspect you assume If you find yourself hunted turn it around and become the hunter Above all else know yourselfI don't know how I acuired this particular copy of A Wizard of Earthsea It's an old 1977 reprint that is aside from its yellowing pages in remarkably good condition for something that in its day cost 150 in Canada or 50 p in the UK It bears no evidence of a previous owner be that person library or used bookstore Perhaps someone gave it to me However I got it I remember that I read A Wizard of Earthsea for a second time through this copy I read it mostly in the backseat of my mom's van and then in a hair salon while waiting for her to get her hair done So this book is firmly ensconced in my mind as a book I read when I was younger and I associate it with my childhood even though I suspect I was probably in my early teensWhen I first came upon China Miéville a few years ago I was an adult and approached his books with an adult's ideas about fantasy I've only ever known Miéville's works through the eyes of adulthood and that is something outside of my control but it definitely affects how I view his works In contrast Ursula K Le Guin has been with me my entire life stalking me if you will Curiously enough her books have never played the formative role in my reading especially my fantasy reading that others like The Belgariad A Song of Ice and Fire or Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy have done I don't have a pithy story about reading a Le Guin book as a child or adolescent that then opened my eyes and inspired me to read fantasy So it's all the intriguing that I distinctly remember Le Guin being in my life ever since childhood I don't remember when I first read one of her books only that I did And when I pick up A Wizard of Earthsea I'm connected to my childhood to that memory of this particular copy as well as to memories of reading fantasy in general This is a gateway book and that's why it means so much to meIf you don't have this type of connection to Le Guin or to A Wizard of Earthsea I can understand how easy it is to dismiss this book as a 2 or 3 star endeavour It's a condensed story with a small cast of characters who aren't necessarily the most intriguing bunch you'll ever meet There's a lot of narration and exposition covering most of Ged's childhood and adolescent years It's not exactly the big budget epic type of fantasy story that is so popular now Nor is Ged your typical fantasy farm boy Called to be the Chosen One He's a wizard of no small talent who because he's a cocky adolescent boy screws up and spends no small part of his adult life attempting to rectify the mistakeThere's a lot of darkness in this book It reminds me this time around of Arthurian legends well meaning valorous people struggling against their darker selves and sometimes losing Even the Knights of the Round Table had the advantage of knowing they were heroes though—Ged is not a hero; he's just this guy you know He's not preternaturally gifted with good sense so like any inexperienced adolescent he makes bad decisions and is full of flaws He ditches his master on Gont Ogion to go learn wizardry at Roke because he's eager to learn real magic He feels like Ogion is holding him back we readers of course recognize that Ogion is the wise sensei who teaches his student the value of wisdom and work first At Roke Ged allows himself to be manipulated into magical pissing contests by his rival Jasper The result is the escape of a shadow into the world of Earthsea and its encounter with Ged leaves it with some of his power and a hunger to absorb the rest of his aspect This would be bad for Ged and for the world But A Wizard for Earthsea shares with Arthurian legend that underlying motif of temptation and the sin of pride people and magic continually tempt Ged and his successes are measured in the varying degrees by which he overcomes and rejects those temptations Sometimes he fails miserably resulting in the unleashing of a gebbeth into the world Other times he succeeds admirably such as in the case of the dragon YevaudGed's encounter with the dragon of Pendor is nominally what turns him into a legendary dragonlord He manages to learn the dragon's true name and with it he wrangles from the dragon a promise never to fly to the Archipelago The safety of the islands of Earthsea thus secure he departs Pendor to resume his life and his apparently eternal flight from the gebbethGed's confrontation with Yevaud is right out of the classical man versus beast battle of wits canon What stuck with me for the rest of the book however was how Ged deals with Yevaud's brood He ruthlessly does battle with these dragonspawn killing six of them Dragons in Le Guin's Earthsea are predators but intelligent ones their speech is the same Old Speech from which Earthsea wizards draw power So I can't help but feel that in slaying these creatures Ged is wreaking destruction on a much larger scale He's destroying something uniue and wonderful even if it is dangerous to humans And Ged is rather cavalier about it he goes to Pendor because he's decided to leave the town he was protecting from possible dragon attacks and before he goes he wants to ensure the town will be safe This is his first act of major wizardry as a full fledged wizard and it is interesting that it is one of destruction even if it benefits those he swore to protectAfter his encounter with Yevaud Ged bums around Earthsea for a little while faces another great trial and almost doesn't survive Fortunately he finds his way back to Ogion who sets him straight and gives him the best possible adviceIf you go ahead if you keep running wherever you turn you will meet danger and evil for it drives you it chooses the way you go You must choose You must seek what seeks you You must hunt the hunterIf you read A Wizard of Earthsea as a straight fantasy story about good versus evil and wizards and dragons you will probably be disappointed Read this way it's a good book but it isn't great It's too brief to be a satisfying epic meal The strength of Wizard of Earthsea is neither its style nor its substance but its subtext This book embodies literary fiction a lot better than much of what gets marketed under that term today The cover of my edition aside from its regrettable whitewashing of the characters seems to support the idea that this is a children's book The brief description on the back of the book continues this illusion A tale of wizards dragons and terrifying shadows in which the young wizard Sparrowhawk strives to destroy the evil shadow beast he has let loose on the world This description does not do the book justice nor do I think calling A Wizard of Earthsea a children's book does any favours for the book or for children This is not a children's book any than other books that children or adults might read are adult books This is a book a book for children and for adults and frankly one that people should read early and oftenI read A Wizard of Earthsea as a child again as an adolescent and now I've read it as an adult Each time I've read it slightly differently and it has told me different things; my opinions of Le Guin and her works have changed as my perspective changes from childhood to adulthood For me A Wizard of Earthsea is memorable and magical because of what it teaches through its story It deserves five stars because for a fantastic tale at a slim 200 pages this book seems to contain an inordinate amount of truthMy Reviews of the Earthsea seriesThe Tombs of Atuan →

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Ged the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth Hungry for power and knowledge. ”The hunger of a dragon is slow to wake but hard to sate” The Folio Society edition is superbly illustrated by David LuptonThe boy is born on the island of Gont in the archipelago of Earthsea This is a world infused with magic Not everyone can control this magic but those who know the right words and have a wizard soul can learn to utilize the power of the Earth to manipulate objects and events The boy’s name is Duny; I can tell you that name because the name has no power over him His true name is something he can only reveal to those he trusts absolutely beyond uestionI know his true name but fair reader I’m not sure yet that I can share it with you His aunt knows a few things a handful of words that can be used to bind things or call animals to her Duny is particularly adept at calling falcons and other birds of prey His agile mind soon surpasses what his aunt can teach him He burns to know He is assigned to a mage Ogion who tries to teach him about the balance of magic with the Earth There is always a cost for using magic Understanding the levy for sorcery is the difference between being just impulsively talented and being wise about what you know ”You must not change one thing one pebble one grain of sand until you know what good and evil will follow on that act The world is in balance in Euilibrium A wizard’s power of Changing and of Summoning can shake the balance of the world It is dangerous that power It is most perilous It must follow knowledge and serve need To light a candle is to cast a shadow”If the flap of a butterfly wing in the can cause a hurricane in Florida imagine what a wizard can do with power over the weather It is kind of funny but there is this one scene where wizards on different islands use spells to keep the clouds from raining on them This storm bounces between them like a boiling stew pot Now a wizard like Ogion finds shelter under a tree and waits for the rain to stop To Sparrowhawk this type of restraint is ridiculous If you have the power why not use it Duny is Sparrowhawk and you might think that is his real name but just because you’ve read a few paragraphs of this review doesn’t mean you’ve endeared yourself to me enough to tell you his real name Sparrowhawk will suffice for now Sparrowhawk becomes impatient with the restrained magic that Ogion teaches so he is sent to magic school on the Island of Roke There was a magic school in literature before Hogwarts Indeed there was The first time he goes to the dining hall to eat there is only one table The table in a very Hogwarts’ fashion expands to fit as many people who enter to eat Sparrowhawk is soon recognized as one of the most gifted students Spells and the names of things flow into his mind like lava changing the landscape of his brain into something completely different He becomes powerfulHe becomes arrogantHe becomes vengeful on those who don’t appreciate his power In a moment of hubris he summons a dead woman from the distant past and in the process opens a rift that nearly kills him It does kill the old mage who helps him close it Something came through Sparrowhawk is burned in mind body and spirit He is guilty of a death The shame and self condemnation weigh heavily on him He may become the great wizard he was intended to be but the road will be much longer now The shadow from another world that pursues him becomes the devil on his heels for the rest of the novel This chase from island to island reminded me of Frankenstein and his pursuit of his monster to the North Pole The interesting thing about this novel is that Ursula K Le Guin’s publisher came to her and asked her to write a book for older kids Young Adult wasn’t even a term yet in the late 1960s She wasn’t sure she wanted to write such a book but she was nagged by the idea of where do great wizards come from We normally meet them when they are old sages in the vein of a Merlin or a Gandalf She wanted G erhhh Sparrowhawk to be seen as human fallible than how most wizards had been presented before I liked the emphasis she puts on the importance of words in this novel and the power and magic that resides in knowing the names of things I had trepidations about reading this book I was reassured that I was in the capable hands of a writer I’ve enjoyed before I have a bit of a knee jerk reaction to the term Young Adult because I’m not a Young Adult I’m an old fuddy duddy who has a hard time watching commercials on TV geared towards youth I certainly wince at the idea of spending hours trapped in a book intended for a younger audience I’m somewhat alarmed at the number of ADULTS who read nothing but Young Adult The evolution of a reader is for that person to move from picture books then ride the escalator to Young Adult and eventually find the elevator that will take them onwards and upwards to adult literature I’m still pondering this Is it an extended childhood Why would someone always want to read about children or teenagers Am I generationally challenged on this issue I am happy that people are reading and ultimately it is better that they read anything rather than nothing at all but I do think that the you read there should be some evolution in what you choose to read I’m such an eclectic reader that it is difficult for me to understood people being so genre specific with their reading choices Young Adult now dominates the publishing world Writers are being encouraged to make changes to their novels so they can be marketed as YA If I weren’t worried about this trend it would be fascinating There are dragon battles alluring women who try to seduce Gd to their own uses There are friendships made and lost; there are painful realizations and there is growth and acceptance of our own limitations Most importantly there is a wizard as wise and as powerful as Gandolf or Merlin who emerges like a Phoenix from the flames of his own childish conceit His name is Ged but you must only whisper it or better yet refer to him as Sparrowhawk and keep in the locked box at the center of your heart who he really is ”He hunted he followed and fear ran before him”If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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A Wizard of EarthseaSparrowhawk tampered with long held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world This is the tale of his testin. Do you ever re read books that your long ago self loved Do they stand up to timeThis one definitely does I know it doesn't need another five star review from anyone but if you are looking for a book to introduce a youngster to fantast this is an excellent one It has stood the test of time very well The language is lovely the challenges our young magic user must meet are solid ones and while it hints of adventures to come it stands very well on its ownRecommended