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Monday, February 11, 2013

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin | Book Review






This was an interesting book. At first I didn't like it. It seemed to need to learn the rule show don't tell. I felt like it was simply telling me everything. I didn't feel connected to the strory or the characters. I felt like I had stepped into the world of Earthsea and was reading a non-fiction history book. Once a huge event happened with the main character though, I was interested. It held my attention after that too. If that major event was all there was I wouldn't have been able to finish the book. The cool factor of it shaking up the life of the protagonist would have eventually worn off. The story became more focused after that though. For the most part it narrowed in. It stopped brushing over months of Ged's life and started taking us through the smaller moments with him. I finally began to feel that I was on the journey with Ged. A lot more cool stuff happens, and though the story kind of meanders it was a pleasant read and stayed interesting.. I read this novel because it was on the list of a book club I joined at the beginning of the year. Our goal is to try and read 52 books in 52 weeks which makes up the year. I would have put this book down if it hadn't been for a friend telling me he hoped I finished it. I kept giving it a chance and eventually I got to the big event and it won me over. There are some great epic battles in here, and some pretty cool bad guys. This is not one of my favorite fantasy novels by any means, but it was a pretty good read. Beyond all of that, it is one of the classics of fantasy and such books as Harry Potter draw heavily from it. I would recommend this book if you like reading older fantasy like Tolkien. Give it a chance. It just might surprise you. Have you read this book? How about other novels by her? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section, and thanks for stopping by.

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