Book Review: Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

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Book Review: Lords and Ladies by Terry PratchettLords and Ladies (Discworld, #14; Witches #4) by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #14
Published by Corgi, HarperCollins on August 1st 2005
Narrator: Nigel Planar
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Pages: 400
Source: Purchase
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A Discworld Novel. It's a hot Midsummer Night. The crop circles are turning up everywhere-even on the mustard-and-cress of Pewseyy Ogg, aged four. And Magrat Garlick, witch, is going to be married in the morning...Everything ought to be going like a dream. But the Lancre All-Comers Morris Team have got drunk on a fairy mound and the elves have come back, bringing all those things traditionally associated with the magical, glittering realm of Faerie: cruelty, kidnapping, malice and evil, evil murder.* Granny Weatherwax and her tiny argumentative coven have really got their work cut out this time...With full supporting cast of dwarfs, wizards, trolls, Morris Dancers and one orang-utan. And lots. of hey-nonny-nonny and blood all over the place.

*But with tons of style.

Reading Challenges: Author Love, British Books Challenge, Terry Pratchett - Discworld


I’m excited to say that I finally read this after reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While this is very different, it does reference the play often, but in Terry Pratchett’s way of turning everything on it’s head.

When most people think of elves, they think of the marvelous, wonderful, beautiful beings that we hear lovely stories about. What the witches in this story know is the truth. That they are vile creatures that would sooner shoot your eye out, but just enough to keep you around to play with. Killing you too quickly wouldn’t be fun. These are the types of elves that are starting to invade Granny’s lands. And she’s not the witch to put up with such a thing.

This story is fun because it’s about a wedding and it brings together a lot of characters that Terry Pratchett normally doesn’t have together. Wizards and witches do not make it a habit of visiting each other. Which makes this even funnier than I anticipated.

What’s interesting is that many of the characters grow. This is book 14 for the Discworld, and there has already been some growth in many of the main characters, but seeing the witches in a way that makes them think even more outside of their box, and have to grow to beat figure out how to beat the elves, is wonderful. Magrat is a big part of this one as well, and I think that’s the only thing I don’t like about Granny, she seems so hard on Magrat, but even that is explained in this.

The story was as frightening as it was funny because these characters are up against forces that they haven’t seen in ages. And to make matters worse, they’re also young witches who think they know everything about everything. Which of course makes Granny frustrated, even though she used to be that younger witch! Nanny Ogg points that out often!

This is a funny book but it is darker than most of the Discworld novels. There are dark moments in some, but this is based around why we remember the fairy tales, and why we need to remember them truthfully, and see the tales as they really are, instead of adding in pixie dust and the like.


Rating Report
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5


Do you prefer reading your fairy tales and believing in magic or knowing what darkness (may) lay out there?

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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2 Responses to “Book Review: Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett”

    • Christina

      I’m so glad I’m reading these in order. This was one of the books that I was a little frustrated with. But, after reading all the witch books, in order, it’s revealing more and more of everyone’s character arc. I absolutely love it. And it explains why Granny is so hard on Magrat. I’m going to have to get this full series in hard back! Just so I can open them whenever I choose.

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