Book Review: Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

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Book Review: Equal Rites by Terry PratchettEqual Rites by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #3
Published by HarperCollins on 2005-09-13
Narrator: Celia Imrie
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Pages: 240
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Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen. In Equal Rites, 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.






My Thoughts

As a child is being born the father hands down his staff. An eighth son of an eighth son but after giving the child his staff he realizes a wee bit late that the eighth son is actually a daughter. They take this little bundle of girlishness to Granny Weatherwax hoping that she will be able to do something. At first she seems to think that destroying the staff will work but the staff has a mind of its own and will not let Granny with all of her witchy powers do a thing to it. Granny soon realizes however that the staff is bound to Escarina and if it dies, so does she.

What’s the next best thing for a girl wizard? To become a witch of course. Granny tries to overlook a lot of the goings on but there is no mistaking it, wizard power is different than witch power and there is nothing they can do about it but send the girl to Unseen University. This entire part was hilarious. Granny Weatherwax is and has always made up her own mind. Being told no, basically by an inanimate object is not something she will put up with! But the staff keeps getting the best of her. UU is the place for wizards anyhow.

On the trip there Escarina finds out that people will lie, cheat and steal their way through life but she can see right through them and she lets everyone know exactly what is going on, making her an instant outcast.  She finally starts her journey to Ankh Morpork and it’s the perils and the lessons that will help her save herself and the world.

Although this is where we meet Granny Weatherwax for some reason I didn’t enjoy this story quite as much as some of the other Discworld novels. The witch novels are definitely one of my favorites, behind those of the Watch but this particular story just doesn’t seem up to par. I did still enjoy the satire immensely! And of course we get to learn even more about Unseen University and Ankh Morpork. Granny Weatherwax is definitely my favorite character in this one though. She stubbornly forges on in the face of adversity and will plow through anyone trying to hold her back!

Escarina is a ton of fun! The adversaries she faces have no idea what they are up against and she doesn’t know either but not all that take her under their wing are doing it for their own good. Escarina meets some kindly people along the way as well. But soon realizes that she is too different to stay near anyone that is not a wizard. The adventures she finds are a little much for a girl her age, but a girl her age with wizarding powers, they are just right. She is another very strong female character of Terry Pratchett’s. And one that I absolutely adore.


So, all in all, not my favorite but certainly still Terry Pratchett, funny, easy to read, will put a smile on your face no matter what kind of day you’ve had!

The Author

About Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry's latest book, Snuff, was published in October 2011.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.

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5 Responses to “Book Review: Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett”

    • Christina

      She is deliciously crazy! I’m currently re-reading Lords and Ladies! Definitely one of my favorites. I cannot wait to get to Carpe Jugulum. Do you think you have a favorite?