Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

A Wizard of Earthsea
Ursula K Le Guin


The first book of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin is a tale of wizards, dragons and terrifying shadows. The island of Gont is a land famous for wizards. Of these, some say the greatest – and surely the greatest voyager – is the man called Sparrowhawk. As a reckless, awkward boy, he discovered the great power that was in him – with terrifying consequences. Tempted by pride to try spells beyond his means, Sparrowhawk lets loose an evil shadow-beast in his land. Only he can destroy it, and the quest leads him to the farthest corner of Earthsea.

“One of the literary greats of the 20th century” – Margaret Atwood

Paperback, 304pp
Puffin Books, 2016 (1968)
ISBN 9780141354910