Reader Review: A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin book coverDare I call “A Wizard of Earthsea” the original young adult fantasy book? Like many other classics from decades ago, there are story elements that may strike the reader as simplistic or cliched when viewed through the lens of decades of literary progress. However, a careful review will reveal that the elements only appear that way because those decades of progress were built on the foundation of this story; is the origin of a cliché also cliché? A true coming-of-age tale, balanced by an imaginative world and dark enemy, with a surprisingly introspective moral, this is a must-read for any fans of the fantasy genre, no matter the age.

Three words that describe this book: Introspective, Inspiring, Archetypical

You might want to pick this book up if: You’re interested in seeing the basis of so many fantasy tropes that we take for granted.



This reader review was submitted as part of Adult Summer Reading 2022. We will continue to share these throughout the year.

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