`Guards! Guards!' is the eighth book in the Discworld series and the first to focus on the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. I must admit to not really being much of a fan of the Watch books but after having reread `Guards! Guards!' I may have to make a reappraisal of that view. The story sees a young man named Carrot journey to Ankh-Morpork to join the Watch and have a man made out of him. The only trouble is the Watch is currently staffed by only three officers and they are more interested in keeping their own hides in one piece than keeping the peace and a secret society is planning on summoning a dragon to take over the city.
I must admit I enjoyed this book more now than I did when I first read it and I cannot see why I use to dislike it. The characters from this book go on to be some of the best from the entire Discworld series and the story is very funny as well. This was the first Discworld book to really expand the character of Lord Vetinari and start to tie down some of the facets of Ankh-Morpork life which become staples of the later books. This was a very enjoyable book and although it still isn't one of my all-time favourite Discworld books, it was still a very good read.