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.