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Sourcery: (Discworld Novel 5) (Discworld Novels) Paperback – 1 Sep 2004
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There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we’d better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son… a wizard squared…a source of magic…a Sourcerer.
Unseen University has finally got what it wished for: the most powerful wizard on the disc. Which, unfortunately, could mean that the death of all wizardry is at hand. And that the world is going to end, depending on whom you listen to. Unless of course one inept wizard can take the University’s most precious artefact, the very embodiment of magic itself, and deliver it halfway across the disc to safety…
Before I start this review just let me point out that it’s not a misspelling in the title of this book but merely Terry’s play on words.
This is the fifth book of the discworld series and a Rincewind book, the book takes many sartirical swipes at some of the biggest known fantasy books for example Lord of the Rings, Narnia, The Tempest and many more. Unlike many satires this one also has a fantastic story of its own.
The story starts with a wizard and his son who is an eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son. Coins father cheats death by making himself part of his staff that’s he gave to Coin as an infant. When Coin reaches ten his father uses his wizardry to try and destroy the Unseen University and the world.
However, he didn’t count on Rincewind, his sidekick Luggage, the orangutan librarian, a wizards hat, Corina the daughter of Cohen the barbarian, an adventurer whose learning adventuring from a book and a genie who doesn’t follow the normal genie pattern.Read more ›
The story centres on the appearance of a sourcerer at the Unseen University, and the consequences, with Rincewind - an old friend - seemingly the only one who can save Discworld. He picks up a couple of fellow travellers along the way, before the final denouement. The story moves along at the author's usual rapid pace, but once or twice, particularly at the end, characters inexplicably change just to make the story work, which I found rather spoilt it for me.
Clever and funny - not an easy combination to pull off.
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I've read a fair amount of Discworld books, but only got round to reading this one now.
This one (the fifth in the series, & the sequel to the excellent 'Mort') is a strong... Read more
Sourcery completes my collection of Discworld novels. Much missed Terry at his best!Published 2 months ago by Susan Deacon
I am a big fan of DiscWorld novels and some of them are works of genius but I found this book to be a little tired and formulaic
Not his greatest work in my view
A fantastic story, which is well written and stands alone, but is even better if you have read the previous books.Published 3 months ago by amanda potts