It may, however, help to explain why Gandalf never got married and why Merlin was a man. Because this is also a story about sex, although probably not in the athletic, tumbling, count-the-legs-and-divide-by-two sense unless the characters go totally beyond the author’s control. They might.”
As Drum Billet feels the end of his life come near, he knows that its time to pass on his worth. In a small village called Bad Ass an either son is about to be born of an eighth son, and Drum Billet thinks this is the perfect place for his worth to be passed on. Unfortunately for Drum he doesn’t realise – until it is too late – that the baby born on that evening was not a son at all, but a young girl who will grow quite determined to have the destiny she was bestowed.
We lost an incredible author the day that Terry Pratchett died, an author that I have been meaning to read more from and an author who I know a lot of people loved. His most well-known work was the world he created which is known as Discworld and I was yet to delve into this world before he passed away.
I decided to join in with Viv at Serendipity Reviews’ Terry Pratchett blog tour to honour the great man and because I have been meaning to read his Discworld books for years now. Until Equal Rites I had only ever read one book by Pratchett and that was Dodger, the story told from the point of view of Dodger form Dickens’ Oliver Twist, but I did love that one so I should have expected to love his other books!
I chose Equal Rites because it was recommended by my sister, who is a massive fan of the disc world novels. She thought I would like the story and would love the Witches collection of the Discworld books as a whole, and thankfully she was right about the first point and its made me want to read on! This book is brilliantly funny and tackles head-on a massive problem I have with society – sexism and chauvinism.
I loved the humour that was apparent throughout this book, right from the very first page it made me chuckle, I mean just read the opening quote above! Then the dry-ness of it and the way the characters worked together throughout, it all really made me feel at home. I loved the sharp digs at society and the way people believe what they want to believe so much of the time and are so easy to be led, it was just so clever!
There was very little I didn’t love about this book and I think the only downside I saw from reading it was the length of time it took to read it. I do, however, believe that was my own fault because I am just so not used to this kind of fantasy. There is a lot to it and Pratchett jumps around a lot, demanding a lot of attention to the details to ensure you get the full story. Its not like other books that you can just pick up and put down willy-nilly and I found myself re-reading large chunks just to make sure I knew where I was. I’ve heard the more Discworld you read though the more used to this style of writing you become and I think that definitely sounds about right because by the end I was a lot more comfortable with knowing what was going on.
Theres some incredible characters in this book, not least of all Esk herself, and I loved a lot of them. They have fantastic relationships that you really can grow to love – like Granny Weatherwax and Archchancellor Cutangle – and I really could get on board with the way certain characters just seemed to mesh well together. I loved the Librarian and I have been told that he turns up in a fair few books so I will definitely have to carry on with the series because of him!
I really, really enjoyed my first foray into this world and I will definitely be venturing further into it at some point soon, I love that I started with book three of the series (as it was publsihed) but know I can go back to the other earlier books quite easily at any time and that there are branches of the story that fit together – like theres the Witches books and the Rincewind books. I will definitely be carrying on with the Witches and branch out further as time goes on!Equal Rites is the third published novel in the Discworld series. My copy was published in hardback on April 3rd 2014 by Gollancz. I purchased the book online for the purpose of the Terry Pratchett Blog Tour, hosted by Viv at Serendipity Reviews. To buy the book or for more info please visit: Amazon | Hive | Goodreads | Author website