The earthsea series starts off with a really good story and then somewhere while in the 3rd book and later, it sort of goes a bit downhill. When reading it, I had a lot of expectations and this was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. I guess, growing up, I just anticipated much more adventure from the book (and everything looks fun when you are a kid). However, this isn't a bad book at all. It is a nice read and the 5th book does not continue the story from the previous stories but goes through the history of Earthsea and Roke island and the school for the mages.