Wow! How have I not read this book before now?
A Wizard of Earthsea is about Ged; a young mage in training. In a moment of hate and pride, he unknowingly unleashes an evil entity into the world, which nearly kills him.
This evil entity pursues Ged, and this once arrogant young boy is forced to grow up too soon as a result of his careless actions.
Ged flees from the evil that pursues him, all the while trying to figure out how to rid himself, and the world of this evil; to right his wrong.
This book is strong in characterization and the Earthsea world was created with exceptional literary skill and prowess.