The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did before he died was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic world of magic, he failed to check on the newborn baby's sex.The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did before he died was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic world of magic, he failed to check on the newborn baby's sex.Read Less
Terry Pratchett is the Moe, Larry and Curley of contemporary satire. I've bought this book for more than one friend because I wanted them to laugh the way I did when I read it. When I hear guffawing somewhere in my house, I know somebody is reading one of the scores (thank goodness!) of Terry Pratchett books. If you don't take yourself too seriously, get these books.
Sep 7, 2008
Kind of cute but no page turner
Equal Rites is part of Pratchett's Disc World series, so familiarity with the basics would be helpful for any new reader. The theme in this volume has to do with a male-magic dominated forced to recognize that females have a right to access the higher ranks of magicdom. This is the story of a young girl who has magical powers and gifts, learns to use them, and eventually challenges the magical hierarchy for a place of her own.
Pratchett's is a master wordsmith-- his plays on words are clever, and his characters are unfailingly colorful. This volume, however, is thinner on story line than some of his other works. Good for a few hours of light reading and some good chuckles.
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