As with the other Discworld novels, Terry Pratchett's satirical humour abounds, including his oblique (and some not so oblique) references to aspects of British culture. At the same time, be warned, the storeyline is pretty dark. This book might just change your attitude towards elves and fairies - such as referring to them as Fairy Trash! For those who can see beyond the obvious tales being told, many of his books are a subtle social commentary.
Fans of Discworld know that things are different on the Disc so it should come as no surprise that elves are twisted.
This story was yet another great adveture on the Disc. Enjoy your Discworld Holiday!
ever wonder what those magic circles of stones in the english countryside are for? thet"re to keep the elves out.
Funny, well-written book. This tale follows the witches of Lancre in their fight against an infestation of Faerie Trash - elves.
Pratchett's very best book.
Lords and Ladies is a good book to read once you've familiarized yourself with the Discworld.
Holy cow this book is good.
Set in the kingdom of Lancre on Terry Pratchett's Discworld, "Lords and Ladies" is the story of an encounter with elves that you will not easily forget.
These are elves as they were written about in old stories, before poets tamed them: glamorous in appearance, enticing, and absolutely sans pitie. Forget the beneficience of Elrond in plotting the destruction of the One Ring, the eager but bumbling helpfulness of Dobby, or the mercurial elves of Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" horror series. These elves are glamorous and cold, and utterly indifferent to the plight of others, much as a cat is indifferent to the plight of the mouse it chases. They are as indifferent as the waning moon.
As Pratchett writes: "Elves were very good at keeping things alive. Sometimes for weeks at a time, if they wanted."
In "Lords and Ladies," the elves are returning to the kingdom of Lancet after an absence of several hundred years, an absence foisted upon them by the order of witches, whose numbers in the kingdom have now dwindled to a mere three, while most people have forgotten the old stories of the terror of the elves and the wild hunt, and have been beguiled by the glamour of the elves and the promise of all their dreams come true. (Though I like what Granny Weatherwax says: "What you promise is worth nothing, and what you take in payment for it is everything.")
This is the third novel by Pratchett that I've read. The first was "Good Omens," written with Neil Gaiman; and the second was "Small Gods," another of his Discworld novels. I can honestly say that "Lords and Ladies" was so good that there will soon be more Pratchett novels in my repertoire.
#14 in publication order in the humorous fantasy Discworld series. We're once again back in Lancre with Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and...well, Magrat Garlick used to be the third member of their witches' coven until King Verence proposed. Now she's Queen-in-waiting, planning her wedding and bored silly, so not able to help much when Granny and Nanny make their plans to take on the Lords and Ladies--the elves--who are trying to get through to this dimension through a stone circle in the Ramtops.
They know how truly nasty elves are--nothing like the sweet, beautiful creatures they project themselves to be. As the Bursar, Archchancellor and Librarian of Unseen University make their way to Lancre for the wedding (picking up the dwarf Casanunda--an old friend of Nanny Ogg's--on the way) and the rest of the town prepare, a series of events unfolds--in at least one dimension--that makes the whole town want to crawl under their beds.
Very enjoyable--I had forgotten how much I love this book (read it years ago) and had totally forgotten Casanunda--he's now emerged again as one of my favorite Discworld characters.