Review: A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin

“But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.”

(Ursula K. Le Guin; A Wizard of Earthsea)


I had never heard of this author before a stranger recommended her to me, the same stranger that actually bought me this book for the #buyastrangerabook tag on Twitter.

This book is what most people call ‘old school fantasy’, like Lord of the Rings. It is about wizards, dragons and magic, a couple of things I really love. It was published 50 years ago, so the writing style is quite different to what I usually read.  I really was surprised to find out this is a children’s book, as the story is told in many descriptive and long sentences without a lot of dialog. I am a good reader, I have been since I was young, but I found this book a hard read and had some trouble not losing track of what I just read. Maybe that is because we simplified our everyday language in the last five decades and so we have in our books and besides that, the kids are spoiled with technology and barely read books anymore.

I enjoyed reading this, I really did. The story wasn’t complex, yet the sentences were woven together seemlessly that it read like a tale being told at a bonfire. I recommend this book to people that are looking for a diffrent kind of book, to people that like Lord of the Rings and to people who love fantasy and wizards in general.

This book is part of a trilogy, names the Earthsea Cycle, but Ursula K. Le Guin wrote more stories and novels in the same universe and eventually, I wanna read them all. I now get why she is so loved as an author, as she is very good at her job, even though I was a few generations late to discover her work.

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