The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-wracked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards. From the towns in its high valleys and the ports on its dark narrow bays many a Gontishman has gone forth to serve the Lords of the Archipelago in their cities as wizard or mage, or, looking for adventure, to wander working magic from isle to isle of all of Earthsea. Of these some say the greatest, and surely the greatest voyager, was the man called Sparrowhawk, who in his day became both dragonlord and Archmage. His life is told of in the Deed of Ged and in many songs, but this is a tale of the time before his fame, before the songs were made.
– Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea
a great beginning? Commentators are starting to note that these vintage fantasy novels approach beginnings somewhat differently than some of the other novels I’ve featured on this blog. So let me know – what’s your view on the beginning to A Wizard of Earthsea?