The Back of the Book: A glorious classic fantasy combining the magic of Ursula Le Guin’s The Wizard of Earthsea with the epic mastery of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
Fitz, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world with only his magical link with animals for solace and companionship.
But when Fitz is adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and learn a new life: weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly. Meanwhile, raiders ravage the coasts, leaving the people Forged and soulless. As Fitz grows towards manhood, he will have to face his first terrifying mission, a task that poses as much risk to himself as it does to his target: for Fitz is a threat to the throne … but he may also be the key to the future of the kingdom.
Why (and how) I got this book: This is from the GWL Reading Group list for 2009.