Last year when I read Dune I noted that one of the things that I loved about reading it was seeing where it’s DNA had landed in other stories that I loves. Turned out, it was you know, everywhere.
A Wizard Of Earthsea was very much the same. I knew that the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender had credited it with the inspiration for their magic system (which is one of my favorite magic systems, btw), and I saw a lot of that here, but there were so many small moments that made me giggle, as I’ve seen them pop up other places. Ged’s admission to the tower to learn magic mirrored Quentin’s in The Magicians, (A book I don’t like very much, but has moments I really love, and that’s one of them!) his journey matching countless growing up and aways I’ve read and watched before. His begrudging love of his mysterious mentor also feels, you know familiar.
But where LeGuin’s work shines, to me isn’t in the world building and characters, although they’re pretty good. It’s that this story feels old. The chapters and episodes feel pulled out of Mort D’Arthur or Idylls Of The King. They’re straightforward and poetic, and lyrical and dreamy. A Wizard Of Earthsea feels like it’s always been with us, which is I think kind of what she was trying to do?
I’m glad to be back on track with my reading, and since I’ve had trouble connecting with my reading material lately, it felt really comforting to find this book, which, truly felt like something I’d read before, but new at the same time. Not rereading is a bit of a challenge for me, I usually check in with my favorites over the course of a year, and losing that comfort is, you know, tricky sometimes. It’s good, because I’m pushing into the new, and finding new books to love and cherish. This is one such book. I’ll be back in Earthsea, I think, again, it’s a series, and also it’s YA, which means the reading isn’t hard.
Up next is The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice.
YAAAASSSS, my favorite vampire’s story being told at long last!