Chris Moriarty's Reviews > The Earthsea Trilogy: A Wizard of Earthsea; The Tombs of Atuan; The Farthest Shore

The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin
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I reread the whole thing once a year. Kid's fantasy doesn't get better than this. Actually, grownup fantasy doesn't get better than this. The whole series is a virtuous performance from one of the greatest writers ever to work in the genre. The Tombs of Atuan (vol. 2) is probably my personal favorite; it has a special magic both because of the Borgesian labyrinth setting, and because it's one of the first and greatest feminist subversions of epic fantasy. But A Wizard of Earthsea (vol 1) is probably the single most perfect fantasy book ever written. It distills the essence of epic fantasy into its purest form and restates it in deceptively simple prose that rises to the level of poetry.
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