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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of the �Magrat� trilogy, 2 Aug 2005
This review is from: Lords And Ladies: (Discworld Novel 14) (Discworld Novels) (Paperback)
Most of Pratchett's Discworld books function well enough as stand-alone novels, but as the last in a definite trilogy Lords and Ladies is best read in correct sequence. Pratchett first introduced witch Granny Weatherwax in Equal Rites, but his novel more properly rounds out the trilogy begun in Wyrd Sisters - which introduced other coven members Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick (who ended the novel engaged to be married to the new king of Lancre) - and Witches Abroad, which saw Magrat temporarily avoid her marriage to try her hand at fairy-godmothering in distant Genua. In Lords and Ladies Magrat's wedding, and her transformation from 'wet hen' witch to queen, finally gets the go-ahead, but inevitably things don't run smoothly as evil Elves gatecrash the Discworld with a view to taking over Lancre.
Both Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad were fun, but Pratchett tops both of them with Lords and Ladies, a novel that combines a cracking plot with some of the best jokes in the series. The addition of romantic dwarf Cassanunda helps tie in the otherwise slightly extraneous Witches Abroad, while similarly the inclusion of the Unseen University wizards ties the Witches books more firmly with Pratchett's Ankh-Morpork novels. This novel is also the first to depict the Bursar as truly mentally deranged and on dried frog pills, while the revelation of a young romance between Granny and Archchancellor Ridcully adds a touch of pathos. Add in some quantum theory on parallel worlds, and Pratchett's regular theme of the glamour of fiction, and you have one of the strongest Discworld novels, and definitely the best of the 'witches' books up to this point. Highly recommended.
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