Ahh finally I've managed to finish the first three books in this series. Life's been busy and it's been hard to find time to read high fantasy(and this version happens to have a really terrible font!) I liked the previous two in the series much better.
The Farthest Shore won the 1973 National Book award for children's books. It is also the book that the Studio Ghibli movie Tales from Earthsea is based on.
ClareBear's plot summary!