Bibliography: Le Guin, Ursula K. The Wizard of Earthsea. Illustrated by Ruth Robbins. Bantam Books, 1968. 182 pages. Tr. $12.80, ISBN 978-0-553-38304-1
Plot: Ged, also known as Sparrowhawk, discovers that he has a gift for magic and asks his aunt, the village witch, to help teach him but he soon exceeds her abilities.One day some Krag raiders attack his village, so Ged uses a fog spell he learned and they defeat the Krags. The story soon reaches Ogion the Silent and he recognizes Ged’s talent. Taking him as his apprentice, Ogion teaches Ged all he needs to know to be a great wizard. One day Ged reads out an old powerful spell from one of Ogion’s old books and in the process releases evil into the world unknowingly. Ogion gives Ged a choice, he can either stay with Ogion or go to the school for wizards, Ged decides on the school and things start to get worst and worst for Ged.
Review: This is a masterpiece, incredibly detailed and well thought out. It has a bit of suspense to it that keeps you on your toes. Le Guin has created an entire world with countries, islands and various races. There are maps provided so that you can follow Ged’s travels throughout his life. This is just the first book of a six book series, all of which are filled with magic, mayhem, and relationships. We get to see Ged start out as a little boy interested in magic and grow into a full grown wizard who takes on the evil he accidentally released when he was a boy. Fall into the magical world of Earthsea for an thrilling ride with wizards, evil shadows, and man eating dragons. This is a must read for all ages.
Reading Level/Interest Level: 6.6/5-8 graders
Reader’s Advisory: This book is the first book in the Earthsea Cycle the rest include in order: The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales From Earthsea, and The Other Wind. I loved this book, it was so detailed and in depth that is was so easy to imagine the world she described. It doesn’t matter what age, you should read this novel.