Originally published in 1968, Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea titles. Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.


I was throughly surprised by this book.

Going into this book, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I was given this book as a Christmas gift last year and I was told that this was extremely similar to the Harry Potter books. Now as a HUGE Harry Potter fan, I had a feeling that I was going to enjoy this book due to that similarity.

I will say that my feelings were somewhat meet but I was definitely not disappointed by it at the same time.

I really liked the characters in this book. Ged was a great main character and I really liked seeing him as he goes through his training to become a wizard. He was overall just a great character and I can’t wait to see his character develop over the course of the rest of the series.

I think the plot of this book was also really great. I liked all of the action scenes in this book. But I must say, I kind of wish that there was more of a focus on magic. There was so much action in this book that I sometimes found it kind of hard to tell what was going on. I wish there was more focus on the magic and how Ged was doing with his training but I’m hoping that this will get better as the series goes on.

Overall, this was a great book. I think that if you are a fan of the Harry Potter series or any other magic or wizard based series than you would probably enjoy this book. I do plan on continuing on with the series and I can’t wait to where the story takes off from here.

RATING: 3.5/5