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Wizard of Earthsea

Book Review   by:philius     Original Author: Ursula le Guin
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Wizard of Earthsea Ursula le Guin This is the first in a series set in the world of Earthsea, a world of ocean, magic, dragons and wizards all together with ordinary humans and their farms, houses and mansions, goats and dogs, ships and shops. Ged comes from Gont, an island in the archipelago that comprises the world of this reality. He comes from the tiny mountain village of Ten Alders where he grows up as the 7th son of a bronze-smith, with no mother or sisters. He learns some magic from his dead mother’s sister, some words in the True Speech, the language of dragons, enough to defeat a band of raiders from Khargad and save the village. Ogion, a mage from Re Albi, gives him his true-name and takes him as apprentice for a while, then sends him on to Roke , to the Great House, to learn from the Wizards there. After several years with the Masters, specialists such as the Windmaster, Doorkeeper, Patterner, Master Herbal and Summoner, Ged inadvertently tears the fabric of the world in a struggle with a rival student and lets a shadow into the world.
Nemmerle the Archmage is stricken and dies and Ged hurt but recovers. Eventually he is sent as mage to Low Torning, an island near the West Reach, where he must guard against dragons flying from Pendor. While trying to save a sick child, he crosses into the Land of the Dead, and barely manages to return. Later he goes to Pendor and fights the dragons, killing six and taking dragon shape for a while, then uses the dragon’s True Name to bind him to a promise never to go to the Archipelago again. Ged comes to Osskil and battles the different magic there, then passes on to the East, back to Gont in hawk form, where Ogion helps him again. Ged has adventures across the seas and isles, chasing the shadow Death, but finally has power over the shadow by naming it with his own name.He lives life for its own sake, a complete man. ,
Published: July 12, 2005   
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