The last couple months of reading through Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle has been wonderful. I’d always meant to read The Wizard of Earthsea but never got around to it until this past July. From page one I has hooked, which led me to kick myself. “You call yourself a lover of fantasy fiction and you’re just now reading Le Guin? Look at how much awesome you’ve been missing out on!” My thoughts lash out at me in frustration. I can think of so many essays to write about the stories, connecting it with faith, with the love of words, with Harry Potter. (Though I’m sure all of these have already been done.)
And yet, despite wishing I’d discovered this crux of the fantasy genre sooner, I wouldn’t really change this moment. It feels good right now on a quiet evening to curl up with a book I am excited to read and have no idea how the story ends. It’s inspiration for new stories. It’s also reconnection with a familiar joy of reading, especially when it involves dragons and wizardry.
So those are my written words for today. It’s now back to Tales of Earthsea, the fifth piece of the cycle. Time to see more of how this story unfolds.
Side note: My brother and I are super giddy when a fantasy fiction novel has a map. We’re really loving the Earthsea maps.