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Feb 11, 2020mellis5 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Le Guin's gorgeously evocative prose transports the reader to Earthsea, with its esoteric magic and whimsical locales suffusing the young protagonist's hero journey with a sense of inscrutable wonder. Ged's pitched battle against a foe of his own creation feels repetitive and overwrought at times, and the story comes to a rather predictable conclusion, but the ride to the finale is well worth it. This is a brisk read, perfect for a rainy Sunday, and essential for fans of the genre.