A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin
Surprisingly, I’d missed A Wizard of Earthsea in my fantasy-addled youth. It’s a straightforward adventure quest, notable because it was one of the first written for YA (if not *the* first, if memory serves), and it is clear that it was the blueprint on which so many YA fantasy stories built upon. As a fantasy and YA lover, I appreciated seeing the birthplace of so many of my favorite books. I’ll be seeking out the rest of the series, which I am more than sure holds up to all of the praise.