- Page Count: 183
- Release Date: 1968
- My Rating: 3 stars
Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth.
Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.
Wow. This had all of the plot points and awesome fantasy world that I’d normally love. The writing was almost mesmerizing at times. So why was it so painfully boring?!
This really reminded me of The Name of the Wind, but at least it was better than that. Ged is a sulky, prideful boy who starts out being trained by a wizard to learn the true name of things. He eventually leaves him to go to a school and has experiences similar to Kvothe.
I LOVED the elements of the world with the mages and dragons and everything, but I just could not get as into the story as I would’ve liked. It mostly slogged along in a passive manner and I could tell the story was well written, but my brain was too numb to care. I remember seeing other reviews about how dull this book is, but ignored them because the cover claimed this was one of the greatest pieces of fantasy literature.
It’s definitely not bad!! I really did like the world and think I might come back to this story someday because it really does have a ton of potential.
And I did appreciate the more intellectual side of the story, but I guess I was hoping that could be woven into something a bit more entertaining as well. I’m rather neutral on this one… it’s still a totally decent book, yet I don’t particularly care to check out the sequels right now. If you’re into slower fantasy books with beautiful worlds, then check this out!