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Lords And Ladies: (Discworld Novel 14) (Discworld series) by Terry Pratchett

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Kindle Edition: 337 Pages.

Published: 19 January 2010 by Transworld Digital

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The fairies are back – but this time they don’t just want your teeth…

It's Midsummer Night - no time for dreaming. Because sometimes, when there's more than one reality at play, too much dreaming can make the walls between them come tumbling down. Unfortunately there's usually a damned good reason for there being walls between them in the first place - to keep things out. Things who want to make mischief and play havoc with the natural order.

Granny Weatherwax and her tiny coven are up against real elves. And even in a world of dwarfs, wizards, trolls, Morris dancers and the odd orang-utan, this is going to cause real trouble. With lots of hey-nonny-nonny and blood all over the place.

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Enormous fun

There is an awful lot going on in this book. The three witches have returned from their trip abroad to their hilly kingdom of Lancre only to find more modern and stylish witches trying to usurp them. You can imagine how Granny Weatherwax is going to react to that ! Magrat has found that her marriage to the king has been sorted out and arranged without her input and is not best pleased. Three grumpy witches now have to handle the invasion into Discworld of the elves - not the shining noble beings that Tolkein might have us believe but cruel and vicious creatures. Three witches, with the added help of a cat, a dwarf highwayman, a contingent of visitors from the Unseen University who have arrived for the wedding, and the local people steeped in folklore all have to manage the situation and save Lancre.

This is definitely one of the best books in the series. It is very funny in places and has non-stop action and jokes. I adore Magrat here as she has to fight her own wet nature and channel the powers of past queens (purely imaginary) to tackle invaders. We get a glimpse too into Granny's past and things that might have been. Any book which contains the Bursar and the Librarian is an excellent one and they are used to their full potential here. There are lots of great ideas and stone circles and morris dancing play an important part too. There is so much going on it is impossible to describe but it is enormous fun to read.

There is always a deeper meaning to this author's humour and there is a lot here about regrets and living the best life you can - it gives the book a firm foundation and stops it being silly but this is by no means preachy. You don't have to have read any of the others in the series to understand this one but if you are already aware of the witches and the university you'll appreciate this one more.

 
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