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My favourite Discworld novel,
By A Customer
This review is from: Lords And Ladies: (Discworld Novel 14) (Discworld Novels) (Paperback)
Lords and Ladies is the 14th Discworld novel and my favourite.Loosely based on 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' it brings back the Witches, along with the Faculty of the Unseen University and reveals Granny Weatherwax to be a woman with a past. Granny, the most revered leader that the witches don't have, is having difficulties with a a group of girls who are tired of Grannys 'headology' (the Discworld equivalent of psychology/psychotherapy) and who want to practice real magic, usually involving black lace gloves, lots of white makeup and black nail varnish. They open up a path for the Elves to return to Lancre. Contrary to all other Fantasy writers, TPs elves are evil, manipulative, and cruel, and have been aching to get back to the 'real world' where they can hunt (the prey being human at times), torture and rule. The Elven queen decides to take a Consort to consolidate her claim to the Kingdom, and kidnaps King Verence, Magrats intended. This all takes place on Midsummer night, Magrats wedding day. Nanny Ogg, the geriatric sex siren, and Granny have to protect the younger 'witches', rally the troups (Shaun Ogg, the countrys standing army-except when he's lying down), defeat the Queen and restore the protective influence of the Stone Circles. Easy, really. This is a magical book. The story is powerful, and as well told as we've all come to expect from TP. The usual Pratchett humour is there,but there's something else. There is a philosophical and moral aspect to this book, and it interweaves elements of Paganism, spirituality and belief in a similar way to 'Small Gods'. Its quite moving in parts, and exceptionally well written. I know that Granny Weatherwax is not everybodys favourite character, but this story shows her in a much more sympathetic light, and you begin to realise just why she is as she is. Magrats character develops substantially, revealing her to be a lot more than just the covens tea-maker. And Nanny Ogg? Even she has unexpected talents, despite indulging her hormones with a dalliance with Count Casanunda, the dwarf (and the worlds second greatest lover). A great book, and his best.