The Earthsea Quartet is a wonderful fantasy fable full of the colour and world-building you would expect of any good fantasy, but the added depth of complex and layered philosophy and a moral fable embeded into this unique story of young boy's journey into adulthood. Ged, or Sparrow, is a young man growing up on the rocky shores of Gond, a peaceful but difficult place to live, full of goat herders and blacksmiths and the like. He is discovered to have the gifts of wizardry, and this takes him on a journey around Earthsea that takes him from coast to coast, and uncovers his own issues with arrogance, pride, ambition and the consequences of power. An amazingly deep, subtle, yet profound book, where wizards are mighty more because they can control tides and rain that the lucrative and essential fishing, boating and farming industries rely on; rather than their ability to spew fire and lightning (which they do still have). Read it, but it will demand your time and effort. It is worth it.
5 out of 5 stars
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