A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again . . . I love Le Guin’s writing. I already talked about the book she wrote ABOUT writing. Here ’tis if you haven’t read it: Steering the Craft. I can’t remember who suggested it to me. If it was you, THANKS!

And I can’t remember who recommended A Wizard of Earthsea either. Again, if it was you . . . THANKS! It was the first book I picked up after burning through Scorpio Races which sort of ruined me for other books. Since I had to have something awesome, I figured Le Guin would do the trick.

A Wizard of Earthsea was also my Buddy Book while I was having my fabulous “Hospital Vacation.” I’m writing about those interesting turns of events here.

But Earthsea, the first of several in the series, did just the things I wanted it to: it took me away from the place where my body was stuck for a whole week. It introduced me to another exquisite story. And it confirmed my belief in Le Guin’s writing.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll not like Ged, “the greatest Sorcerer in all Earthsea.” Not in the beginning at least . . . he’s not a very likable character. Which is hard to do as a writer – build a dis-likable character and bring him (or her) out of that place before the reader gets frustrated and sets the book down. Le Guin’s timing is great in that regard. In one incredible scene, Ged moves from the cross-hairs of your eyebrows to a place in your heart. At that point, you can’t wait to set off on his journey with him.

On my wishlist now are the other books in the series. I’ll read them soon. I just hope it won’t be as a captive!

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