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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Duny is no ordinary boy. He has a true name, a nickname, and the one given to him at birth. He’s a boy shaped around words. In this world words have become very important, especially when it comes to naming. When he leaves for Roke, the magical island renown for its school of magery, it’s with youthful fantasies of turning himself into any creature he desires, of changing mundane objects into marvelous ones, and unrealistic ideas of power—with none of responsibility. In the land of Earthsea, names are very powerful; language is the very thing used to harness the world’s greatest strengths and manipulate reality the way it was never meant to be.

A Wizard of Earthsea (first published in 1968) has the lyrical and romantic command of a legend. It’s one of those books I wish I had read as child. I’m sure I would have fallen in love immediately. How could I not? I’ve already fallen in love. It’s adventurous with magic and wonderfully sentient creatures, and a map I found myself placing my finger on to trace the path of Ged’s boat. Oh, the map. Earthsea unfurled beneath my fingertips. I could almost feel the mountainous terrain of Gont, the saturated grasses of Roke Knoll, the wintry court of Terrenon. Surprisingly, the map gave a vast scale to a journey that was now measurable by sight as well as description. But description alone would have done the job quite well.

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