Book Review: Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

January 27, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews, Terry Pratchett 4

Book Review: Sourcery by Terry PratchettSourcery by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #5
Published by HarperCollins on 2001-02-06
Narrator: NIgel Planner
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Pages: 288
Source: Purchase
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When last seen, the singularly inept wizard Rincewind had fallen off the edge of the world. Now magically, he's turned up again, and this time he's brought the Luggage. But that's not all.... Once upon a time, there was an eighth son of an eighth son who was, of course, a wizard. As if that wasn't complicated enough, said wizard then had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son -- a wizard squared (that's all the math, really). Who of course, was a source of magic -- a sorcerer.

My Thoughts

Ipslore, a wizard from Unseen University  fell in love and married and by doing so he was thrown out of the wizarding order. But Ipslore created further problems when he had seven sons and then when the eighth son was being born he spoke to Death. Death was ready to take Ipslore finally but it was Ipslore’s last wizardly act, to bind himself to his son’s staff.  Coin was not a wizard, being the eighth son of an eighth son, he was a sorcerer. Ipslore knew this and planned to guide Coin on how to use his power. He then planned on guiding his son Coin to avenge his wife and Coin’s mother by going to Unseen University and becoming the most powerful wizard that the Discworld had seen.

As Coin enters UU with staff, and his father, in hand the other wizards laugh at his childish acts thinking that the child must have a teacher nearby, or someone that was helping him do the amazing tricks. Until Coin started to challenge the highest of the wizards and the started being zapped into nothingness. It was easily decided that the child could be Arch chancellor of UU, afterall the Arch Chancellor’s hat was just a figure hat, wasn’t it?

Not knowing any of this was going on Rincewind was in The Broken Drum, oblivious to everyone and everything around him. It was when Conina sits beside him with the Arch Chancellor’s hat, THE ARCH CHANCELLOR’S HAT!! that Rincewind starts to freak out and desides, albeit reluctantly to help.


Definitely hilarious! As usual for Terry Pratchett. I loved reading about Rincewind again. He is definitely one of my favorite characters and although he was still a bit of a coward, he was less of a coward than usual, ready to stand up to any wizards and even sorcerers to save the Discworld. The plot is hilarious, slows down in a few places though. Coin is completely understandable and you can see straight from the beginning of meeting him that he is going to have some issues! But those issues actually make him more loveable and approachable, that is when he’s not zapping people!

Rincewind’s relationship with Conina was downright hilarious. The poor guy still doesn’t know how to speak to women! But we really do see Rincewind grow in this story and that makes me very excited! He along with Conina the hairdresser and Nijel the destroyer really bring the house down! It’s amazing the Hat decides to trust them at all, but he didn’t really have a choice!

Insanely funny, although slow in parts. If you’re a Rincewind fan this is a must read!


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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4 Responses to “Book Review: Sourcery by Terry Pratchett”

  1. =Tamar

    Goodreads is wrong, though; Rincewind returns from the edge in The Light Fantastic. At the beginning of Sourcery, he’s ensconced in UU again.