Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett


Original Title: Equal Rites

Year Published: 1987

Published by:  Corgi

Number of Pages: 283

First Sentence: This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn’t pretend to answer all or any of these questions.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5


On Discworld, a dying wizard tries to pass on his powers to an eighth son of an eighth son, who is just at that moment being born. The fact that the son is actually a daughter is discovered just a little too late. The town witch insists on turning the baby into a perfectly normal witch, thus mending the magical damage of the wizard’s mistake. But now the young girl will be forced to penetrate the inner sanctum of the Unseen University–and attempt to save the world with one well-placed kick in some enchanted shins!

My thoughts:

Sir Terry Pratchett once again proves just why I love him and the Discworld. I adore the witches.They are absolutely perfect. Sure they have access to pretty much the same magic as the wizards, but they choose to utilize the earth and natural resources rather than relying on magic. Granny is my favourite character in the Discworld series and this book just further cement my immense love for her.

This book mostly revolves around Esk, an 8th son of an 8th son. Except she is a girl not a boy. She is given a wizard staff in the belief that she is a boy, which is a huge cosmic mistake since girls can’t be wizards. And that is what this book is all about. Equality between men and women. Why are some walks of life considered to be for males only and some for women only? Equal Rites explores this topic in a very humoristic yet clever way.

Just like all Pratchett books, this is written with the perfect mix of warmth, satire and thoughtfulness. It has you laughing, humming in agreement and also gets you thinking.I always learn something reading a Pratchett book which is what makes them so very fantastic. This book was no exception.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, along with all the Discworld books.


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