For a book by a local author on the 2018 Reading Challenge, I chose to read A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin. I chose to interpret this prompt a bit loosely and found an author whose book I already wanted to read who lived in a city not far from my hometown. Someone from the same state is close enough to be “local,” don’t you think?
This book is the first in LeGuin’s popular Earthsea Cycle fantasy series. It tells the story of Ged, also known as Sparrowhawk. Ged has an innate ability with magic and goes on to become a powerful wizard in the island realm of Earthsea. LeGuin takes the reader on a perilous adventure all over this island realm, as Ged seeks to out run and ultimately defeat an evil he himself loosed on his world.
LeGuin writes in a beautifully descriptive style. She is a wonderful storyteller, drawing the reader in with interestingly flawed characters who inhabit a rich and amazing world. I enjoyed this book very much, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. I already have book two lined up to read this year.