A Wizard of Earthsea
Ursula K. Le Guin
genre: fantasy, middle reader
series: Earthsea Cycle
I discovered fantasy books rather late in life, I read The Hobbit in college. Since then I have been a fan of children's and YA fantasy. I have seen this book in the children's section of the library for years, so I finally took it home.
A Wizard of Earthsea tells the story of Ged, aka sparrowhawk. As a boy Ged goes into wizard training. His main flaw is arrogance and maybe pride. Because of these flaws he sets loose a "shadow" on the world, and sets on a quest to conquer it.
Before I say anything I have to say Ursula Le Guin is a wonderful writer. The book is easy to read, but it is not a quick read. It took me a little longer than I had intended. She is heavy on narration. I enjoyed the book, but I was not attached to the characters. Because of that I may not read another one. Earthsea is probably a great book for a middle reader new to fantasy.