The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-born baby's sex...This is a third hilarious adventure by the author of "The Colour of Magic" and "The Light Fantastic."
This book is all about girl power - a little girl has a big staff and Granny on her side, and its time to get her some magic training. I do have a bit of an annoyance with regards to this book, but it has less to do with this book as with those that follow from then on. Whilst I understand that this is a story in itself, I am surprised that a certain pseudo-romance and the girl character don't crop up again in any other Discworld novel (as far as I have noticed) after this one, considering how interlinked things in Discworld usually are. That being said, this is still a fun book, and well worth the read.
This Discworld book didn't interest me as much, but it is ok. It is your girl sort of ends up wanting to be a wizard, but the all male faculty at the Unseen University don't really know how to deal with the whole situation, and don't necessarily want to, either.
Enter the hard-nosed grandma witch of the girl to sort of all the bumbling robe wearing conjurers.
The third Discworld novel introduces us to the witch Granny Weatherwax, who will later feature in other Discworld novels of the "Witches" cycle. Characters are still taking shape here, so don't expect the Granny Weatherwax that you may be more familiar with from the later books. This is another hilarious Discworld read, with Granny attempting to enrol a girl wizard name Esk in the male-only Unseen University. Here we see Pratchett's ability to mix satire with comic fantasy in such a way that you can still enjoy the story without picking up the references. You'll laugh just as hard whether you spot the commentary or not. While not as solid as the later witch-driven "Witches Abroad", this is a good start to one of the most loved Discworld cycles.
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