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This is book number 1 in the The Earthsea Cycle series.
Please god do not let this horrible cover throw you off. This series is spectacular - my favorite of Le Guin's and she's written many series. And unlike the Dune phenomenon of books worsening as the series progresses, (please don't get me wrong though - if the first book starts at 50 million points, Chapterhouse is still pretty incredible) this series truly gets better the further on in you go. Tehanu in particular is GOOD. I recall there being tears of awe.— From Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Originally published in 1968, Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea titles. Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.
URSULA K. LE GUIN was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929, and passed away in Portland, Oregon, in 2018. She published over sixty books of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature, and translation. She was the recipient of a National Book Award, six Hugo and five Nebula awards, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.