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Equal Rites (Discworld) Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2013
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-- A. S. Byatt
- The first seven Discworld titles are being reissued with stunning new covers, publication coincides with 21 years of Discworld anniversary and the hardback publication of "The Celebrated Discworld Almanak" and "Going Postal".
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From the Back Cover
Every world has its rules—even a flat onecarried by four elephants riding on a giant turtle. That's why a dying wizard is searching for an eighth son of an eighth son to bestow his wizardly powers upon before meeting Deathin six minutes. Unfortunately it is quicklydiscovered—though not quite quickly enough—that the newborn babe the wizard anoints just before bidding the Discworld adieu is, in reality,a girl! What's done cannot be undone—despiteold Granny Weatherwax's attempts to bringthe child into the witchy fold—and little Eskis now a wizard, through and through. And she's destined to bring chaos and confusion to the all-male faculty of Ankh-Morpork'sUnseen University . . . who are alreadyfairly addled to begin with.
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I primarily liked this one because it introduces one of my all-time favorite characters from the series, Esmerelda Weatherwax--also known as "Granny." It's protagonist, Esk, a little girl who wants to be a wizard, it also highly delightful, especially considering that Terry Pratchett modeled her after his daughter. The cast is the best part of the book--as opposed to The Light Fantastic and The Color of Magic, which I think are clogged up with characters. Plot-wise, however, there's a critical difference. With the first two books--in following Rincewind and Twoflower, both of whom have no explicitly overarching goal at hand (sort of)--the rambling and seemingly aimless plot kinda works. Here, where Esk's endgame is to enroll at Unseen University, all the sidetracking gums up the flow of the narrative. This is only made worse by the ending, which feels inordinately rushed and doesn't focus on the protagonist's accomplishments enough. Thus, it's not my favorite Discworld book but, as always, it's not bad at all.
Equal rites is an early discworld novel and Pratchett's style and humour are still developing. At this stage the characters and millieu are fresh and developing. This is the first chance we readers have to meet Granny Weatherwax. The Unseen UNiversity should be familiar but will, like Granny, develop significantly in later books. This isn't the greatest witches book, nor is it the greatest wizards book but Equal Rites makes later books with Granny (especially Maskerade) so much better.
A dying wizard comes to give his magic to the about to be born eighth son of an eighth son. Instead he gets a first daughter. This is the quest to get that lucky girl into the Unseen Wizard University before her magic becomes a problem. So she takes off with Granny Weatherwax to fight the system in person. Pratchett is definitely making a point, hence the title, but I never felt as though I was being hit over the head with it or lectured to which is important for me.
Granny's quite a fun character and the kid didn't get annoying which was good. The adventuring starts to get a little stale about the time they get the university so that worked out for the best too. I would have kept reading and will hopefully go back for more of their adventures which is probably the best thing to be said of any book.