The Discworld Witch novels

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The list author says: "I have a sneaking fondness for books about witches and Terry Pratchett's Discworld is inhabited by some of the funniest, most devious, most upright, most original...well, let's just say they're the best in the fantasy business.

Cast of Characters: Everyone knows witches don't have leaders, but Granny Weatherwax is Discworld's most powerful witch, even though her broom requires a running start. Nanny Ogg is the jolly witch who knows all the verses to "A Wizard's Staff Has a Knob on the End." Magrat Garlick is the youngest witch of the original coven, who later becomes queen of Lancre. She is known as a bit of a wet hen who has a fondness for occult jewelry, scented candles, and other New Age paraphernalia. Agnes Nitt (aka Perdita) replaces Magrat in the coven after a brief stint at the Opera House in Ankh-Morpork. The youngest witch, Tiffany Aching stars in the last four books (a separate series) with guest appearances by Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg.

If you'd like to read the Discworld witch books in order of publication, they are: "Equal Rites" (1987), "Wyrd Sisters" (1988), "Witches Abroad" (1991), "Lords and Ladies" (1992), "Maskerade" (1995), and "Carpe Jugulum" (1998). A second, separate series starring young witch Tiffany Aching and featuring Granny Weatherwax includes: "The Wee Free Men" (2003); "A Hat Full of Sky" (2004); and "Wintersmith" (2006).

Note: Nanny Ogg also makes a brief, but important appearance in "Thief of Time" (2001)."
Equal Rites
1.  Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
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  "Old Granny Weatherwax usually succeeds at whatever task she sets for herself.  Then the local blacksmith sires a daughter.  A dying wizard staggers into the smithy and bequeaths his staff to a baby he assumes to be an eighth son of an eighth son...Right count.  Wrong sex.  Granny eventually takes the young girl on as an apprentice witch, but is witch magic strong enough to tame wizard's sourcery?"
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Wyrd Sisters
2.  Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
The list author says:
  "Granny Weatherwax (the grim witch), Nanny Ogg (the jolly witch who knows all the verses to "A Wizard's Staff Has a Knob on the End"), and Magrat Garlick (the youngest witch, who has a fondness for occult jewelry) first come together as a coven in this hilarious take-off on "MacBeth.""
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Witches Abroad
3.  Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
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  "When witches, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick, and Nanny's cat Greebo journey abroad, the resulting travel guide is a Pratchettesque version of 'Dave Barry Does Oz in Drag.'"
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Lords and Ladies
4.  Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
The list author says:
  "The people in the Kingdom of Lancre are afraid even to use the word 'elf,' except for soppy, junior witch, Magrat Garlick, who is soon to be King Verence's bride.  When the elves show up on the night before her wedding, she learns the truth about these awful creatures."
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Maskerade (Discworld )
5.  Maskerade (Discworld ) by Terry Pratchett
The list author says:
  "Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg belatedly realize that a coven requires three witches in order to function properly.  Their previous third witch, Magrat is now a queen and can't make their meetings.  Magrat's potential replacement, Agnes Nitt has run off to Ankh-Morpork to become an opera singer. Pratchett's take-off on "Phantom of the Opera"."
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Carpe Jugulum (Discworld)
6.  Carpe Jugulum (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett
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  "Those of us who grew up watching Hammer films know better than to invite a vampire into our castle.  But suppose you are the new jester-turned-king of a small principality on Discworld, and you want to be friends with all of your neighbors, even if they happen to be undead.  Granny Weatherwax's greatest challenge."
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Legends-Vol. 3 Stories By The Masters of Modern Fantasy (Legends (Tor))
7.  Legends-Vol. 3 Stories By The Masters of Modern Fantasy (Legends (Tor)) by Terry Pratchett
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  "Okay, this isn't exactly a Discworld Witch novel, but it does include an 80-page novella starring Granny Weatherwax at the Ramtop Witch Trials."
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The Wee Free Men (Discworld)
8.  The Wee Free Men (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett
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  "This book has got one of Discworld’s greatest heroines AND some old favorites like the Nac Mac Feegle (the sheep-stealing, kilt-wearing little blue men), Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg.  Tiffany Aching is a young sheepfarmer's daughter who must rescue her sticky little brother from the Queen of the Fairies.  Luckily, she has a little magic, and a great stout frying pan."
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A Hat Full of Sky: The Continuing Adventures of Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men
9.  A Hat Full of Sky: The Continuing Adventures of Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
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  "Tiffany apprentices herself to Miss Level, a witch with a split personality.  Unfortunately a fell creature comes crackling out of Faerie, searching for the mind of a powerful but untrained dealer in magic. A young witch’s mind would be like a dollop of Cheese Wiz on the Cracker of Life.  Then it finds Tiffany."
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Wintersmith (Discworld)
10.  Wintersmith (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett
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  "Apprentice witch, Tiffany Aching will need all of the psychological insight she can muster to keep the lovelorn Elemental Wintersmith at bay and somehow prevent him from freezing her beloved Chalk Downs into eternal winter."
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I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld)
11.  I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett
The list author says:
  "I enjoyed this further adventure of Tiffany Aching, although 'Midnight' is the least of the four books about this young witch and her little blue 'helpers.'  Her character isn't so much further developed as it is hardened along lines suggested in previous novels."
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