Long before Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, a boy with astounding powers was born in the vast archipelago of islands and oceans called Earthsea. Ged would later be known as Archmage and Dragonlord—but first he had to learn how not to destroy the world. Ursula Le Guin's gorgeously written Earthsea books are true classics of fantasy; though marketed for young adults, their themes are so profound—and Earthsea itself so tantalizingly real—that adult readers return to them again and again, as Ged matures from the ambition of youth to the wisdom of age. This omnibus includes the original three books—A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award winner; The Tombs of Atuan (1971), a Newbery Honor Book; and The Farthest Shore (1972), which won the National Book Award for Children's Literature. Here too is the sequel that came two decades later: Tehanu continues the story of Tenar, the heroine of The Tombs of Atuan, and won both the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.
"The deepest and smartest of writers. Her words are always with us. Some of them are written on my soul."—Neil Gaiman "Superb. One of literature's best-written fantasy worlds. I adored A Wizard of Earthsea, which I read and reread until my ratty old paperback copy required emergency surgery. Le Guin's words are magical. Drink this magic up. Drown in it. Dream it."—David Mitchell