Our latest edition of Boozy Book Club explores some geeky history with the 1968 fantasy classic, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. Acclaimed by renowned authors like Margaret Atwood, the Earthsea series is a bildungsroman, following the tale of Ged in his quest to become an archmage. Le Guin novels are a rite of passage for fans of the fantasy genre because many of the tropes found in stories today were popularized in her writing, including the concept of the wizarding school. It’s a book that I remember loving when I first read it back in high school, and I was thrilled to get the opportunity to introduce it to the rest of the Minerva staff while seeing how this ’60s stylized writing holds up in 2016. Plus, it’s under 200 pages long, so if you’re at all interested in seeing how some of your favorite modern series were influenced, you’ve got to pick up the first book in the Earthsea series.

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Boozy Book Club – A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin