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
Nemmerle the Archmage is stricken and dies and Ged hurt
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.