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 ... A Wizard of Earthsea came in to all of this as it was happening and provided or enhanced a few staple traits of the genre: the wizard "school," the magic of names, the questing wizard, rings of... Throughout A Wizard of Earthsea, true names symbolize the intense power of being seen, known, and accepted as one truly is—a concept that relates profoundly back to several of the novel's major themes, including coming of age, identity and the shadow self, and cosmic balance. David Mitchell on Earthsea - a rival to Tolkien and George RR Martin.
Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the 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. Originally published in 1968, Ursula K.