Hmm. I can see the appeal this book has to so many people and I did enjoy it somewhat, but there was something missing which kept me from rating it higher. Every time I started to really get into it, the plot seemed to reach a point where it would just fizzle out. The scene with the dragon was extremely anti-climatic as was the final 'showdown' with the shadow. And for someone who is supposed to be so powerful, Ged spent an awful lot of time incapacitated. I get that this story was supposed to be a beginning for Ged, but I felt like we spent more then half the novel reading about how everybody waited around for Ged to wake up again. I'll probably give the second book a chance, first books in the
series aren't always a good indication of overall quality, but I can't see continuing past the second book if the same issues are present in the second book in the series.