A true coming of age tale dressed in fantasy, but deeper and darker than Harry Potter

A true coming of age tale dressed in fantasy, but deeper and darker than Harry Potter

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Normally, I am more a fan if hard sci-fi, not space opera or fantasy. But the worth and quality of Le Guin’s Wizard of Earthsea are undeniable. Fantasy and magic are a vessel to contain a story of the growth of a child into an adult. As he faces his own darkness and the darkness of his own death, Ged becomes his true self.

I did jot read this as a youth or young man. It probably would have sung to me then. As someone in his 7th decade, it speaks to me now.

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