|| Book Review || Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett ||
Genre: Fantasy, Humour
Age category: Young Adult, Adult
Release Date: November 13th 1987
Pratchett’s third Discworld novel leaves behind Rincewind, Twoflower and the hilarious luggage with legs and introduces us to new characters and a completely different direction when it comes to plot.
This time we are following an 8 year old little girl who was accidently made into a wizard which is completely unheard of.
Girls can’t be wizards, or can they?
I liked this book quite a lot more than the first two, it feels like Pratchett is still finding his feet in terms of writing but it is easier to follow than his earlier books and much more enjoyable to read.
There are plenty of amusing one-liners and I found in particular Granny Weatherwax and the possessed wizard’s staff to be very funny.
I’m not sure what it is about Pratchett giving inanimate objects personality but the way he does it really works for me!
As with the previous books there are plenty of weird and wonderful situations throughout the story as Granny Weatherwax and Esk travel to unseen university.
I am looking forward to picking up the next instalment this month and hoping to see more of Granny as I think there is a lot more to see with her character.
Overall I found Equal Rites to be entertaining and I liked it but I didn’t like it a lot. I am positive though that with each book I am enjoying the world more and more and I am sure there is a lot to look forward to!
Read Equal Rites if you like…
— Comedy/fantasy full of satirical humour & one-liners
— Inanimate objects with personality
— Witches that can possess the bodies of animals
— Young girls doing things they are told they can’t do and being things they can’t be
“That’s one form of magic, of course.”
“What, just knowing things?”
“Knowing things that other people don’t know.”
“Do you know how wizards like to be buried?”
Granny Weatherwax paused at the bottom of the stairs.
“Granny Weatherwax was a witch. That was quite acceptable in the Ramtops, and no one had a bad word to say about witches. At least, not if he wanted to wake up in the morning the same shape as he went to bed.”
“Lots of things have never happened before. We’re only born once.”