A Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le Guin
The only thing – seriously, the only, only, only, only thing – that's interesting about old man Benderesk is that he's a magician who uses the evil Stone of the Terrenon (and you know it's bad if "Stone" is capitalized). Otherwise, he's an old man who doesn't have much to say, and who happens to be married to Serret (7.18). So, remember, if you don't have anything to say, then just get an evil magical stone – that's an instant crowd-pleaser.