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Sunday, 17 July 2022

Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett


Witches Abroad (Discworld, #12)Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Naturally it's the Discworld where a Fairy Godmother named Desiderata Hollow passes on and gives her charge to a Fairy Godmother in training (Magrat Garlick) and tasks her to journey to the far away city of Genua and make sure a young woman does not marry the prince. As it turns out Granny and Nanny are not going to be left behind so the three witches venture forth and many a cafe and inn will remember their passing through. Of course in this story there has to be a wicked witch but often who is which witch is determined on your point of view but for now Lady Lilith de Tempscire is our "bad guy" and she is prepared to handle this upstart fairy godmother, her companions and the voodoo witch Mrs Gogol because Lilith wants nothing more than a happy ending...
Witches Abroad is fun, the experiences and actions of the three fish out of water hits close to home given the fair trope of English going abroad but we are seeing lots of the Discworld and its people especially Genua a city known for dance, music and a live and let live attitude now under the thumb of the Witch/Fairy Godmother Lilith who is very opinionated, knows who she is and extremely competent (remind you of anyone?). The battle for the future of one girl and by extension the city is fought with pumpkins, wands, voodoo gods, gumbo and Greebo who gets to be a dude, definitely a dude, meeooww!

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