How did I take this long to read this?
I loved A Wizard of Earthsea. It tells the tale of Ged as he goes from apprentice to master wizard. On his journey, he unleashes a powerful evil in the land, one that stalks him right up until the final pages. In between, he fights dragons, gets shipwrecked, becomes an oarsman on a longship and meets strange and mysterious people. His quest becomes more of a mad obsession, destroy the shadow creature that he himself pulled from the darkness. Not even his mentor, friends or his own powerful magic seems to be enough to destroy it.
This books is much more than a series of trials though. It reads like a scroll discovered in a cave, telling the story that has never been told before. It's a philosophical story that touches upon greed, lust, pride, revenge and the duality of humans. It's a brilliant book that deserves to be re-read. I recommend it for ages 12 and up!