Earthsea: The First Four Books

The First Four Books , #1-4

Paperback, 691 pages

English language

Published May 21, 2012 by Penguin.

ISBN:
978-0-241-95687-8
Copied ISBN!

View on OpenLibrary

View on Inventaire

4 stars (44 reviews)

A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.

71 editions

reviewed A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)

A cool read

4 stars

I really liked the book. There are a lot of cool ideas about how the magic works in this universe, and a ton of amazing world building. Earthsea feels like a real place, with its own rules, customs, and quirks.

There is something about the writing style that felt a bit off to me though. I honestly don't know how to explain it.

A wizard's journey in a world where true names are important.

3 stars

An interesting read about the coming-of-age of a wizard in the group of islands known as Earthsea that was raised out of the ocean in the distant past by forces unknown. In this realm, magic and control of an item by magic comes by knowing the true name of the object. This also applies to the wizards; for to reveal to a fellow wizard your true name implies trust that your true name would not be used against you.

The story starts with a young boy who discovers a knack for magic. After learning a few simple spells, the boy manages to protect his village from marauders, which gets the attention of a powerful wizard who proceeds to tutor him. But when the boy's desire for magical knowledge grows faster than the wizard is willing to teach, he goes off to learn it from the school at the heart of …

reviewed Un mago de Terramar by Ursula K. Le Guin (Historias de Terramar, #1)

Disfrutón

4 stars

Lo he disfrutado muchísimo! Sobretodo a partir de la mitad. Creo que ahí es donde coge fuelle el conflicto principal y empieza a entenderse por dónde nos quiere llevar. No suelo leer fantasía, de entrada no me llama nada. Este libro fue un regalo y además había leído cosas muy buenas acerca de Ursula K. Le Guin, así que le di una oportunidad y fue una buena decisión. Bajo el marco de la fantasía, este libro es un coming of age (de mis cosas favoritas en literatura) y también, un poco, libro de viajes. Me ha alucinado la geografía de Terramar, su originalidad, el dibujo del mapa, las descripciones de los territorios y sus gentes. Los conceptos alrededor del conflicto principal del personaje, de la magia y los nombres, son muy buenas.

Por último, en esta edición hay un epílogo en el que la autora reflexiona sobre la escritura del …

reviewed A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (Earthsea Cycle, #1)

I suppose

3 stars

Prose is slim and considered, the imagery vivid without being exhausting, but I did not feel engaged with Ged, personally, philosophically, etc.

I appreciate how concise and capable a novel this is; that it is in its way rubbing against the grain of what, in 1969 especially, are the expectations of a fantasy novel and setting.

But I read it today, in a different cultural milieu. While Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed still felt compelling and relevant, Wizard of Earthsea is something I can only imagine once having a greater potency.

reviewed A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)

Review of 'A Wizard of Earthsea' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I'm glad I finally read this classic from 1968. When I was heavy into Lord of the Rings in my teenage days, one of my closest friends was into the Earthsea books, but I never got into them. This time I stuck with it and was entertained to read the story of Ged, who would once be the strongest mage of the world of Earthsea.

Along the way I felt a bit sad that to make it as a female writer back then, you had to fill your story with men, and men only. There are only 3 notable women in the story at all, it's like they don't exist or are irrelevant. Minor quibble, after all this is a book from the 60s.

I enjoyed it, but it didn't wow me, yet I will likely finish the series.

avatar for kiskadee

rated it

5 stars
avatar for laage

rated it

4 stars
avatar for daNanner

rated it

4 stars
avatar for Beeker

rated it

4 stars
avatar for caffeneko

rated it

5 stars
avatar for kyonshi

rated it

4 stars
avatar for iconoclast

rated it

5 stars
avatar for TheToby

rated it

5 stars
avatar for mirihawk

rated it

5 stars
avatar for bitel

rated it

5 stars
avatar for otterlove@bookwyrm.social

rated it

3 stars
avatar for bkschoonover

rated it

5 stars
avatar for dankeck

rated it

3 stars
avatar for dubikan

rated it

5 stars
avatar for Doomedrider@bookwyrm.social

rated it

3 stars
avatar for schussel

rated it

4 stars
avatar for dr.skylaser

rated it

4 stars
avatar for boum

rated it

3 stars
avatar for fjordic

rated it

3 stars
avatar for 0xtdec

rated it

4 stars
avatar for andy_m

rated it

5 stars
avatar for EmperorHJ

rated it

4 stars
avatar for SomethingClever

rated it

5 stars
avatar for Barbarius@outside.ofa.dog

rated it

5 stars
avatar for alien_sunset

rated it

5 stars
avatar for seanbala@bookwyrm.social

rated it

5 stars
avatar for Mduritz@lectura.social

rated it

4 stars