November is almost over, but before it ends, I’m squeezing in my monthly book review. This month, I’m reviewing Terry Pratchett’s Lords and Ladies, the 14th Discworld book.
This novel takes place in the small kingdom of Lancre. Here enters everyone’s favorite witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and young Magrat Garlick. Upon their return, Magrat is stunned by King Verence’s proposal, considering he already has the entire wedding planned, down to the date–midsummer’s eve. Magrat soon learns that being a queen is no fun, especially when you have no idea what you’re doing . . . or supposed to be doing for that matter. Meanwhile, crop circles and other mysterious happenings hint at greater problems. It seems elves are threatening to reenter the world of men, and with the help of some bumbling townsfolk and a young witch named Diamanda, their threat becomes a reality. Not the beautiful and whimsical creatures of Tolkien’s universe, these elves lay waste to the city of Lancre and torture people just for fun. But they have one weakness–iron, and Magrat uses that to her advantage to save her city and, of course, her King.
Admittedly, I did not enjoy this novel as much as a whole compared to other works by Pratchett. Whereas I loved Magrat, her internal issues, and all the drama that surrounded her, I labored a little over some of the other scenes that, to me, dragged a little. And for all the buildup leading to the elves, the author did not deliver in full. But don’t take this as a bad review, there was so much I loved about this book that kept me reading to the end. I really wanted to know what happened and I was treated to a very interesting backstory of Granny Weatherwax and a certain Head Wizard.
Out of five stars, I’d give this book 3.5. It’s worth the time, but there is some redundancy and slow parts that took away from the overall experience. If you want laugh-out loud humor, this might not be it, except for a few really well-played sex jokes. Dang Sir Pratchett, you rascal! But the characters were relatable and likable. If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, you might want like this book because it’s based loosely on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
I hope you enjoyed the review. Stay tuned for next month’s literary review! Have a happy Thanksgiving!