A stand-alone Discworld story giving a more indepth look into the Assassin's Guild of Ankh-Morpork! A great place to start with, if you haven't read anything by Terry Pratchett or are new to his Discworld series!
Not my favorite Pratchett...that dubious honor goes to Thief of Time. However, this book was quirky Pratchett at his best, clever and witty without sacrificing the insight and honesty he's known for. Very enjoyable, tight plot, endearing characters.
This installment of Pratchett's Discword books sees the author aiming his always-sharp wit at Ancient Egypt. Teppic, the crown prince of Djelibeybi (aka, Egypt) has been away in Ankh-Morpork studying to be an assassin. When, upon the death of his father, he is called back to take his rightful place as Pharaoh, he brings all kinds of new-fangled ideas (like plumbing) with him, to the dismay of of the scheming high priest. The priest insists on following tradition and building the recently deceased king the biggest, most impressive pyramid yet. But, since as every new-ager worth their salt knows, Pyramids are great focusers of mystic powers - trouble lies ahead. It may be up to the Greatest Mathematician on the Disc to save the day....
In Discworld, the desert kingdom of Djelibeybi suddenly has a new king on the throne - a king that has just finished his final exam to become an assassin in Ankh-Morpork. Teppic comes home after years away at school to discover that nothing has changed - except him. As he tries to find out how he fits into the role of king (no one listens to him, they only listen to the translations of his words provided by the lead priest, Dios), the work on his father's pyramid, the largest ever, commences. However, strange quantum forces and geometry of unknown results are creating strange effects around the pyramid and soon the whole kingdom finds itself changed and isolated from the rest of Discworld.
In typical Terry Pratchett fashion, this book pokes fun at pyramid power, ancient religions, and beliefs, as well as at mathematics, philosophy, and war.
Another fabulous Discworld novel.
Back cover synopsis:
Unlike most teenage boys, Teppic isn't chasing girls and working at the mall. Instead he's just inherited the throne of the desert kingdom of Djelibeybi -- a job that's come a bit earlier than he expected (a turn of fate his recently departed father wasn't too happy about either.)
It's bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he's been trained at Ankh-Morpork's famed assassins' school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun. First, there's the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad -- a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit, betrayal -- not to mention a headstrong handmaiden -- at the heart of his realm.
I can't say enough good things about Terry Pratchett books so I won't even bother. Just read them all.