Fantasy, Humour

Equal Rites (Discworld #3) by Terry Pratchett

I continue with my rereading of the Terry Pratchett books that were reprinted quite recently. This should have been read before the previous one that I reviewed (Wyrd Sisters), but it does not make much difference except show one of the characters in a whole different light.

The story had the trademark humour, and I relished every minute of it. But since I cannot honestly give all the books the same rating, I introspected a little and decided I liked this a little lesser than I did some others in the series and rated it accordingly.

If you are unfamiliar with the Discworld books, this is not too bad a place to start (even if the city watch series is funnier). We begin in a small town where a dying wizard has come to literally pass on his magic. He dies a little too early before he finds out that he has blessed a girl with wizardry(women in the world usually are witches if they have anything to do with magic at all). This seventh child of a seventh child turns out to not be like her peers, and although she knows something is being kept from her, she has a thirst for learning. It is a very positive portrayal of an engaging child/young lady in the situations she finds herself. The magic, however, wants something, and it helps her on the way. During her journey, she finds herself protectors – the interference by a couple of whom might save her life and that of many other people.

There are nonsensical (while simultaneously being intelligent) debates thrown around as people try to make sense of the awkward new scenario that everyone finds themselves in.

It is an interesting adventure, with all the hallmarks of making people chuckle and read aloud passages to any unsuspecting passerby. I know I say the last part for a lot of humourous books, but as long as I continue to experience that, I will have to mention it!

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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