A Wizard of Earthsea ePub ↠ 183 pages ✓ Ursula K Le Guin


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A Wizard of Earthsea ePub ↠ 183 pages ✓ Ursula K. Le Guin ✓ 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 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

A Wizard of EarthseaGed 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

mobi ✓ A Wizard of Earthsea ✓ Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea ç G how he mastered the mighty words of power tamed an ancient dragon and crossed death's threshold to restore the balan This is old school fantasy at its finest It has all the classic elements It has a young and naïve protagonist who learns the dangers of power; he overcomes his initial stupidity and learns how to wield his power effectively It also has wizards dragons and creatures of great evil It’s a standard fantasy plot delivered in basic way but nonetheless it is still great I think this is because of the plot itself Le Guin drew me in completely and made me reach the ending rather uickly I had to discover how a young mage could defeat a dark and corrupted version of himself one that had left him scarred forever and running in fear A story of growth and magic Ged is your typical protagonist; he is brave honest and good He goes on a journey of self discovery in which he learns the limits and potential of his power He has rather humble origins; he began life as a mere goat herder Through this he learnt how to take care of himself rather than rely on others However he is also very young and rash With his innate magical power also comes the innate arrogance that can only be associated with a wizard He is easily tempted and goaded A fellow apprentice entices him into a magical duel which turns disastrous In the process of working an extremely complex spell aimed at the other wizard the young Ged accidently summons great evil into the world “You thought as a boy that a mage is one who can do anything So I thought once So did we all And the truth is that as a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens ever the way he can follow grows narrower until at last he chooses nothing but does only and wholly what he must do ” He spends the rest of the novel trying to redeem this initial folly and trying to survive the thing that he has actually summoned It is a dark horror and one that only he personally can defeat because he was the one who called it forth This is a harsh lesson for Ged and undoubtedly one that will make him into a much better mage He learns caution and develops wisdom; he learns to listen and take the advice of those who are experienced than himself But importantly he learns not to be so foolish with magic in the future because it could easily lead to his own ruination Magic is most dangerous in this world and it must be handled with care Short and sweet The narrative of this is incredibly bare and simple surprisingly so The author doesn’t dwell on things as she is constantly pushing the story forward The prose is basic and unembellished but at the same time it is delivered perfectly She tempts you to reach the end and see the worthy resolution with your own eyes The ending is also delivered in a uick and frank manner which completely reflects her storytelling in general This book could have uite easily been four times the length But Le Guin’s style is uick and sharp She doesn’t mess about with her characters They’re there to be seen rather than described This is a style rarely found in fantasy and most of the time it doesn’t work that well but in this can Le Guin does in masterfully She gives you just enough to add depth and in the process she doesn’t waste a single word or drag you on a long and tireless journey I don’t think many authors could uite achieve this balance in the genre I can’t believe that I’ve only just read this Le Guin is clearly a major voice in the fantasy genre yet her existence is uite new to me When reading this I noticed many ideas that I’ve seen several times before in fantasy yet I never really considered with whom these ideas originated Indeed Le Guin created the first school of magic It is vast and excellent but largely underrepresented in the story Pat Rothfuss and JK Rowling took this idea and actually made it better in their novels because it is the centre point of their worlds Le Guin however uses the entire world of Earth Sea to tell her story I think because of this I have a clearer mental image of her world when compared to other fantasy universes One thing is for sure this won’t be the last Le Guin book I read Earthsea Cycle1 A Wizard of Earthsea Four worthy stars 2 The Tombs of Atuan A redeeming four stars3 The Farthest Shore A strong four stars mobi ✓ A Wizard of Earthsea ✓ Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin ✓ A Wizard of Earthsea pdf

Ursula K. Le Guin ✓ A Wizard of Earthsea pdf Sparrowhawk tampered with long held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world This is the tale of his testin A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin is a beautiful fantasy First published in 1968 it has clearly influenced many fantasy novels since Orson Scott Card with his 1980s era Alvin Maker series stated that he wanted to make an American fantasy and escape or at least distinguish his work from the inherently English Tolkien sub genre of fantasies This is not uite such a departure from the Tolkienesue fantasies but a difference can be seen and enjoyed Another Goodreads reviewer made the observation that the Harry Potter series has been wildly successful while Earthsea has achieved only a cult following and peer respect I can wholly agree with this finding and think it too bad that so many young readers have not discovered this gem of the genre My admiration for Le Guin continues to grow she is an amazing writer 2018 Re readSecond time around I was not as entranced by the story itself but still amazed and inspired by her timelessness her forward vision and for what this book has meant to the genreI wondered again about the influence this may have had over JK Rowling perhaps has the book itself or just a foundation on our modern fantasy literatureI also compared the long voyage seuences here to the long walk across the glacier in her Hainish book The Left Hand of Darkness and see that a journey tale may be a ubiuitous theme in her writing a metaphor for growth and spiritual evolutionA good book by itself and a wonderful work for fantasy writing as a whole