Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In Wyrd Sisters we are immersed in all things Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and the young and enthusiastic Magrat Garlick. The setting is once again the Ramtops and more specifically the small realm of Lancre ruled by a King who has just been murdered which is an occupational hazard of monarchy. However his young son is smuggled out of the castle by a loyal guard who dies handing the child over to Granny who deals in her own way with those set to commit one of the darker realities of succession. Thus the three witches (mother, maiden and crone) have to protect the heir to the realm, deal with the new King (and his wife) plus the desires of the land itself within a real world narrative which can easily be twisted to paint them as evil and malicious.
Wyrd sisters is a strong novel this early in the Discworld series and quite a bit of the stories nuts and bolts will be familiar to anyone who has read or seen Shakespeare but built upon that is a wonderful story full of magic, wonder and a belief that if we are doing it then it can't be bad (Granny's Worldview). Thus mid air magical refuelling, time manipulation, ghosts, a play, a jester and an unexpected romance conspire to entertain the reader in a most satisfying manner. The novel is funny, familiar (in a good way) and in hindsight it builds strongly upon Equal Rites to solidify what the witches mean to the Discworld.
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