Immense (yet short)
I’ve looked at the Earthsea trilogy throughout the years but I never read it. Then I saw that Anna over at Booknotized had read it. And really, even without the review that was enough to get me to give it a chance. That and I found the first two books of the trilogy at the thrift store last week. Boo-ya!
I thought this book was a very slow moving book. There is a lot of description and often I felt that it was through the description that the plot moved. Frequently I find slow moving books boring. However, this book was anything but boring. The description created an absolutely believable world. The characters moved, spoke, and acted in ways that fit with the world that Le Guin created. Even though the book is description heavy, I never felt I was led away from the plot just to read pretty descriptive prose, every word painstakingly chosen to be true to the world of Earthsea. And while I can appreciate the challenge of a an epic fantasy tale being told in such sparse language, Le Guin never shows the work it required. Instead it felt as though she had effortlessly recorded this detailed world.
The protagonist, Ged, in the folly of his youth releases a demon. And now he is the only that can save himself and possibly many, many others from the evil the demon would unleash. In the climax of the book the two face. It is good versus evil. It is dark versus light (and as I’ve admitted before, that is my kind of conflict!). And in a beautiful twist the climax is resolved. The true beauty of the twist is how simple and logical it is yet the twist isn’t predictable or common.
I can’t wait to read the second novel. And I should probably go get the third (because I hate waiting for books when I’m in the middle of a series). If you’re a lover of fantasy this book needs to be added to your list. And this book needs to be discussed. Have a friend read it too, so you can have someone with whom you can converse.