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Equal Rites: A Discworld Novel [Paperback]

Terry Pratchett
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13 Nov 1987

The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-born baby's sex...

A third hilarious adventure by the author of The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (13 Nov 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552131059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552131056
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"If you are unfamiliar with Pratchett's unique blend of philosophical badinage, you are on the threshold of a mind-expanding opportunity" (Financial Times)

"Persistently amusing, good-hearted and shrewd" (The Sunday Times)

"Pratchett keeps getting better and better...It's hard to think of any humorist writing in Britain today who can match him" (Time Out) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The third Discworld novel.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dickens would approve! 26 July 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback
Eskarina Smith is the eighth child of an eighth son. If the child had been a son, it's nearly inevitable that a wizard would have been the result. Nearly everything was prepared. A wizard came to witness the birth. He passed his staff on to the newborn child, immediately taken by DEATH, as is fitting. But, as with everything else on the Discworld, there's a hitch. Eskarina's a girl, and everyone knows, girls can't be wizards. As she grows older, however, certain Powers begin to manifest themselves, leading Eskarina on a wholly unanticipated series of adventures. Like attending the wizards' school, the Unseen University.
This third Discworld novel takes us to the other aspect of that strange place's magic environment, the feminine side. PTerry introduces us to someone who will later loom large in the Discworld pantheon, Esme Weatherwax. Granny Weatherwax is the resident witch of Bad Ass and takes up the task of teaching Eskarina the role of how witching works through the use of headology. Granny's not a charlatan, but she knows the value of belief and spurns the cheap tricksterism so often manifest by the wizards. Eskarina's powers are too apparent for either of them to control effectively and Granny's forced to send Eskarina to the only place where that control can be learned. By various and adventure-filled paths, Eskarina arrives at the University, thrust almost inadvertently into a bizarre new world.
Esk's outspoken claim to "want to be a wizard" brings on the confrontation between tradition and The Century of the Fruitbat. Times certainly are a-changin' but for Esk they only become worse for some time. She's given into the care of the University's housekeeper, Mrs Whitlow, and quickly becomes a figure out of Dickens.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Step up Granny 28 Aug 2005
Format:Paperback
The third book in Discworld, right from the outset you sense that Pratchett has stepped up his game, this book exudes more of the style that has made him famous than his first two instalments.
A new lead character also steps up to the mark in Granny Weatherwax, a lady very much at home in the mountains who certainly does not want to get herself into 'Forn Parts' but in this adventure has no choice, and deals with the world of cities and that of Wizards and men admirably, staring them down and shocking them entirely with her womanly strength of mind and will on many an occasion.
This is not the story of Granny Weatherwax though, it is the story of Eskarina Smith, the little girl chosen quite by accident by the Wizard Drum Billet and his cranky yet extremely loyal staff to take over his power when Death comes to take him, perhaps to become an ant as it happens. Destined for wizardry as a result of having the staff of power, yet being a female which is quite obviously not one of the components of being a wizard the story follows her on her journey of discovery through the Discworld, enlightening herself on the way things work and giving us a great insight into a number of new characters - but more importantly their little quirks and especially in this case the failings of wizards in general!
The story gains charm as a result of Eskarina's innocence, not just the childlike kind that endears other characters to her, but the rural kind, the sort that comes from knowing a small part of the world and not being allowed to look outside of this box. That's the wide eyed seek your fortune in the big city kind and Esk uses it well on her adventures to get herself into sticky little situations that Granny or the staff must facilitate her to escape from.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enter Granny Weatherwax. 10 Sep 2004
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
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For the 3rd Discworld novel Terry Pratchett keeps his background setting but dispenses with previous lead Rincewind and introduces witch Granny Weatherwax (with some exceptions most Discworld novels seem to revolve around a lead of either Rincewind, Granny Weatherwax, or Sam Vimes and the City Watch), with her reluctant tutorage of female wizard Esk leading to a journey to the city of Ankh-Morpork and a confrontation with the Lovecraftian 'Things' from the Dungeon Dimensions.
Equal Rites is a noticeable step-up in writing style from Pratchett -this is a proper novel with character development, a beginning, middle and end, rather than the (admittedly hugely enjoyable) string of satirical fantasy incidence that made-up the first two Discworld novels. Make no mistake, this is still a very funny read, but Pratchett now allows enough room to allow the characters to breathe, and even when the jokes are slack there's plenty to admire in Pratchett's use of language ("The storm walked around the hills on legs of lightening, shouting and grumbling" etc). Its not entirely without fault - the real joy of this novel is watching Esk grow in her abilities (including some memorable 'borrowings' of other animals bodies) and Granny's dilemma over which magical path to send her down - the later adventure story hook of over ambitious trainee wizard Simon and his inadvertent summoning of the Things From the Dungeon Dimensions is rather slight, and the way every situation is overcome by Esk's inherited magical staff rather than Esk herself is a little too convenient.
Still, a good solid first outing for Granny Weatherwax, and a highly enjoyable romp in it's own right. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
Did enjoy this Discworld novel. Very funny. Would recommend it to everyone. Make sure you start at the beginning with The Colour of Magic though.
Published 8 days ago by June
5.0 out of 5 stars I read that quickly
Engrossed by another one of mr Pratchetts novels. Wizards really are a bunch of twits and shouldn't be trusted like most children really
Published 29 days ago by S. Hollis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Fantastic book am reading it for the third time, I am rereading all the books and thoroughly enjoying them third time around!!
Published 1 month ago by janine goddard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
My first Pratchett novel reccomended by my english teacher. I love the descriptions and reading about things from the point of view of an 8/9 year old. Read more
Published 1 month ago by una williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
Good story and characters as always from Mr Pratchett but the main point in the book that woman cannot be wizards is in the end solved but not very well.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. C. Russon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I have read many Pratchett books, and have enjoyed them all. I am now going back and reading all the ones I have missed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by F. Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Amazing book by an amazing author, it was very good condition and arrived promptly. Suitable for 10 years and upwards every child should have a terry pratchett on their bookshelf.
Published 2 months ago by stacey knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic
True magic turns hours into mere moments.
Terry Pratchett is a master wordsmith with few who could claim to be his equal.
Published 2 months ago by duvetdave
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent read. I would recommend it.
It was an excellent read and I would recommend it for anyone who read the discworld novel
It had many interesting characters
Published 2 months ago by joanne boldock
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Another wonderfully inventive story from the brilliant author Terry Pratchett - what an imagination! We loved it and will get more.
Published 3 months ago by Simon Morgan
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