Once upon a time, there was a wizard called Ged forged from pride and fear, and who later turned to courage and humility... AWoE is traditional fantasy without concession, and it reads as such, as a story that happened a long time ago, in a remote, magical world. As Dytler99 rightly said, it is not Harry Potter. Well, as I am not a HP fan, it suited me just fine. Le Gun is an excellent narrator who loves to play with concepts and words. Her prose is beautiful, and she creates a world infused with a rich and complex mythos. She does not dwell on it nor explains it in rigour. She does not provide the reader with a detailed magical universe; she values more the overlaying premise of her story rather than the minute details where it unfolds. Wittgenstein said: "the limits of my language mean the limits of my world" and Le Gun plays cleverly with this idea: the power of words, the power of naming and consequently the power of understanding oneself. Coincidentally, I finished AWoE the day her passing was announced. What a better way of celebrating Ursula K. Le Gun's life than reading, enjoying and interpreting her work.