|Mass market paperback, 197 pages|
Published 1980 (originally 1972)
Acquired August 2008
Read September 2012
by Ursula K. Le Guin
I liked Arren, the young protagonist of this Earthsea book, a lot, as he learns to mature, and the Raft People are completely awesome. Still, this seems the weakest of the first three Earthsea books, a pale retread of A Wizard of Earthsea in some ways. In fact, one wonders why this book's antagonist isn't a callback to the first one, given the echoes. As with the first book, the dark climax is the best part.