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A Wizard of Earthsea  (Earthsea Cycle, Bk 1)
A Wizard of Earthsea - Earthsea Cycle, Bk 1
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to...  more
ISBN-13: 9780553262506
ISBN-10: 0553262505
Publication Date: 9/2004
Pages: 197
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3.8 stars, based on 243 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, Bk 1) on + 48 more book reviews
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The first time I picked up this book to read I couldn't get past the third or fourth chapter - I was bored out of my mind by the text. Months later, after finishing another book, I decided to force myself to plow through the rest of this book. It's a shame, really, because the story is actually good, but the writing just drones on and on, it was too wordy for me to enjoy it. I appreciate rich descriptions, but when 95% of a book is drawn out with them, it gets a bit dull and tedious. Needless to say, I don't think I'll read the next book in this series.
reviewed A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
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I've tried other Ursula K. Le Guin books but don't seem to care for them. This whole series I love. Just like coming home.
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If you are a lover of fantasy and science fiction this book has it covered. It's a magnificent read for anyone of all ages. This woman writes so well. You never stop turning pages
reviewed A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, Bk 1) on + 24 more book reviews
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I balked at this one; I've never held much interest in dragon stories; but Ursula Le Guin's name is everywhere, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. What a surprise! Very simply told, yet it draws you in immediately. The story is ageless. I've requested Book 2, so I can read more of Le Guin's work. And in actuality, the dragon bit is pretty minimal.
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Great book. Very good for YA readers who like slightly dark fantasy. I love to read this book when I want something moody. You know fall rains or stuck inside winter reading.
I read this book when I was a teen and at 46 will still pick it up and read it.
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reviewed A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, Bk 1) on + 17 more book reviews
a great plot, but no character development, no atmosphere.
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This is a really good book. It's as much about a really fun adventure as it is about the recklessness of youth and learning from your mistakes. Ursula Le Guin earns her reputation. I can't wait to read the next one.
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Great series about a boy who grows up and matures, yes, both. He becomes a great wizard and takes on serious challenges in each book of the series. This is the first book, when he is still very young, and how he must face the consequences of his actions. He is clever and arrogant by turns, and a believable and likeable character. Many other characters are good in here, too, and the descriptions and mood excellent. Fantastic writing, great story, great series. For older kids, as it gets somewhat creepy and there is a certain amount of violence. Later books refer to a rape of a young girl, too.

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