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Book Thoughts: A Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula K Le Guin)

Le Guin, Ursula K - A Wizard of Earthsea

★★★☆☆☆☆

Title: A Wizard of Earthsea
Author:  Ursula K Le Guin
Genre: Fiction / Young Adult / Fantasy
First published: 1968
Edition: Paperback, published in 2012 by Graphia

It took me so long to read this book and it really is not very big! Only 256 pages. I should have raced through it, but I didn’t. And I think here is why…

This book was written in the 1960s and although I have read many books from various eras that I have enjoyed,  this feels quite dated and most of that is due to the writing style. Of course, I know Le Guin is the Queen of Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I found her writing style very impersonal. I never connected to any of her characters in this novel, which would be classed as YA or Middle Grade. It just felt like I was being told a story rather than being IN the story, if you know what I mean.

There were elements I liked. I thought the conclusion was pretty good and looking back to the journey Ged has been on, it makes sense, but I just felt it was a bit of a slog getting there.

Unfortunately, I won’t be continuing this series and the book will be relegated to my Guest Library in the hope someone else will enjoy it more than I did.

3 out of 7 stars

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