A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Classic, magical fantasy novel for tweens up.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 10+

Great, Thoughtful Fantasy

I read these as a teen and have re-read them. LeGuin is a fabulous writer and these books are great. There are magical duals, dragons, and adventure -but these stories deal more with the inner journey. True wizards of earth sea use true magic sparingly, knowing that to make even small changes to the world can have great repercussions. The hero’s greatest foe is unleashed by his own arrogant attempt to outdo an older wizard-in-training. No one can help him to name or defeat the shadow he releases- he must figure it out on his own. This is a series in which a wizard’s true power is knowledge.

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Educational value
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age 9+

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