The next in the Discworld series I have been sporadically working through, and one which actually carries some recommendation!
Witches are not by nature gregarious, and they certainly don’t have leaders.
Granny Weatherwax was the most highly regarded of the leaders they didn’t have.
But even she found that meddling in royal politics was a lot more difficult than certain playwrights would have you believe…
Whenever I mention to people that I’m reading a Terry Pratchett book, it is either met with “Oh, I read them when I was younger”, or a response which indicated indifference towards his writing. So far in the series, I have found the books to be hit-and-miss, but this one was certainly one of the better ones!
The story is essentially a spoof of Shakespeares Macbeth. The kingdom (literally) is at unease due to the new king, after killing the old king, has no interest in caring for it. The Witches are put in the uncomfortable position of having to deal with this by finding and putting on the throne the son of the old king, who is now a travelling actor.
The story itself is quite engaging and has some of the more memorable characters of the series in it. I particularly found funny the references to the guild of Fools which trains unwilling people in their inescapable fate of telling the approved jokes to kings across the disc.
The series is overall just a bit average though, but I will continue. These books are acting as a break between heavier reading, and perhaps that is purpose enough to read them – they aren’t too taxing.
I’m sure many will remember the Discworld series well and if nothing else it has certainly paved the way for more comedic takes on fantasy universes.