WELL, though tagged as 'teenage fiction' Le Guin's books are read and enjoyed by all ages. And this trilogy confirms why. Following characters in Earthsea, it tells of magic, wizards, witches, curses, dragons, growing up, good vs. evil, and a host of other shenanigans.
The trilogy was written in the '60s (with a 4th add-on in the '70s), and its easy to see modern writers who've been influenced, including Garth Nix (and the breathtaking 'Sabriel') and of course Rowling with her Harry Potter franchise. Le Guin has also been influenced, mostly by Tolkien and Lewis.
Worth a read if you like this kind of stuff - characters are engaging, and though the whole thing feels 'mythical' (so, dealing with archetypes) the plots are exciting and with enough cliff hangers to drive you to the end. Not a wand in sight, though :)...Continua