Fantasy novel by Ursula K. LeGuin. The first novel in her Earthsea trilogy1. * * * * *

The wizard Ogion notices a great deal of magical power in a boy on his home island of Gont, and takes him into his home as apprentice and student.

The boy, called Sparrowhawk2, chafes at the slow pace of his tutelage and Ogion has no choice but to send him to the Wizard's School on Roke.

There Sparrowhawk learns to be a wizard, in the process setting off events that will set the course of the rest of his life.

Pay no attention to those other writeups until you have read the book and its two companions.
1The other novels are called The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore.
2Never reveal your true name to anyone but your closest, most intimate friends, for it gives them power over you.