|A Wizard of Earthsea|
|Ursula K. Le Guin|
It might be because I just read it, but I'm struck by a lot of parallels between The Riddlemaster of Hed and A Wizard of Earthsea. Some examples:
- Both follow the standard young male fantasy protagonist on the Hero's Journey, although neither character is two-dimensional.
- Both Ged and Morgon struggle against the sea.
- Both books contain evil shapechangers.
- In both books, names hold power.
- The actual writing in both is excellent, often beautiful.
- Both worlds feel real, with a real history.
One big difference is the narration style. “Earthsea” features an omniscient narrator; the “Riddlemaster” narrator is not omniscient. “Riddlemaster” seems to have a more straightforward plot, but also contains more ambiguity.
I look forward to eventually reading both to Lydia.