Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Review: Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Finished: November 13, 2011

Quote: “They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.” 

Thoughts: Discworld is a very large series. It can be overwhelming to know where to start. There are numerous charts available on the internet that list what books in the series tie together. I decided that my first Discworld novel would be the first book in the series of books centered around the witches of the Discworld.

The main characters here are two very strong women. One old and very wise woman (and if she doesn’t know something - she’s going to pretend she does so that you don’t suspect otherwise!) and one young girl who thinks herself very wise. This is a story about Granny Weatherwax and Eskarina Smith. Granny is a witch. She is present for the birth of Eskarina (Esk) and when a wizard comes calling to give her his powers. It is said that all wizards are the eighth son of an eighth son. Only… surprise! Esk is a female. This leads to Esk becoming the first female wizard. Only everyone tells her such a thing is not possible. Females simply cannot be wizards or attend Unseen University. Esk and Granny plan to change that.

The thing I really enjoyed about this story were the characters. Granny is very funny and doesn’t care a thing for what anyone thinks she should do. Esk is very much like Granny in this way. She is determined to go after the things she wants and not to let anyone tell her that it’s impossible.

Terry Pratchett has created a funny little world filled with humor and interesting characters. I’m excited to meet more of them as I continue reading this series.


Four out of Five Coffees


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