I was a bit ambivalent about this book. It is definitely, by all accounts, a 'dark' novel, dealing with subjects such as war, religious excess, spirit manifestation (possibly) and, fleetingly, lesbianism ('Yes, they're both girls, don't go there') and pyromania/arson, among other things.
However, it also has a typically Pratchett-esque concept, viz: taking a generic idea that we've all come across before, and reproducing it - parodying it, if you will. That's the idea. If it HADN'T been a generic idea that we'd all come across, it would have been boring & pointless. However, the parody aspect of it actually works. There is humour in it, as with the other books, but this one is laced… Read more