by Ursula LeGuin
Ursula LeGuin is one of those authors that I’ve always heard of and never read- somehow I’ve had this image of her in my mind as a kind of writer that’s hard to access and only for intense, fancy people.
The story follows a basic model: Ged is a wizard who must be trained. He goes to school, learns lessons along the way, and must fight his nemesis.
But where this describes every story from Harry Potter on, LeGuin turns the novel into an exploration of pride and magic and light and dark. Ged grows throughout the book, and learns, and the magic seems easy and natural here.
I was surprised by how much I loved this book, how beautifully written it was and how absolutely engaging. Highly recommended.