Sixth in publication order of the Discworld books, this introduces The Witches--Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and Magrat Garlick--who happen to be my favorite characters. I read this a few years ago, and just re-read it recently and it was wonderful to be back in Lancre getting to know the three gals and their distinct and unique personalities all over again. When the king of Lancre is murdered, the new king starts doing things that just goes against the grain of the land. Finally, Granny Weatherwax and has enough and decides to very subtly--ha ha!--go against the age old policy of witches not interfering in politics and help to put the rightful heir to the throne where he belongs. Trouble is, he's only a toddler! What to do, what do to? Much hilarity ensues as well as plenty of semi-buried dry English humor, puns and wordplay. An all-time favorite of mine.
This is another book in the in-famous Discworld Series
This is book # 6 of a series of fantasy books, which if you
begin to start reading you will of course curse me for having
listed this book in the first place and to have begun your
new obsession. Not for readers who have OCD, regarding books.
Not for readers who hate puns, Many hidden jokes for those with
large vocabularies, and deep insights in literature. This Particular
book involves a group of three witches a coven, in a fantasy world
in a fantasy situation, and in no way should any of it be regarded
as reality in this corner of the universe, however in that octerine
sparkly corner of the universe where 1 in the million kind of events occur 9 out of 10 times, well that is where this story occurs.
This is the first of the Witches books and it shows. I'd read Equal Rites and was mildly entertained, then Maskerade and enjoyed it immensely, so I thought, why not?
OK, the concept is neat - MacBeth parody, plus digs at popular concepts of witches. Its fun, in spots, especially with Granny pulling off a stunt that puts Black Alice to shame. Margat is especially funny since I've known 'witches' like that too. I feel like the resolution of the action, was weak. The switcheroos that occur at the end also left me, well, unresolved.
The verdict: Fun, but not up to Pratchett's better bits. I am curious enough to read more of the witches books, and I'm seeking out Witches Abroad next.