Book Review: Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

March 17, 2015 Blog, Terry Pratchett 2

Book Review: Witches Abroad by Terry PratchettWitches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #6
Published by HarperCollins on 2002-07-30
Narrator: Nigel Planar
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Pages: 384
Source: Purchase
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Be careful what you wish for...Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a good heart, a wise head, and poor planning skills—which unforunately left the Princess Emberella in the care of her other (not quite so good and wise) godmother when DEATH came for Desiderata. So now it's up to Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on broomsticks and make for far-distant Genua to ensure the servant girl doesn't marry the Prince.But the road to Genua is bumpy, and along the way the trio of witches encounters the occasional vampire, werewolf, and falling house (well this is a fairy tale, after all). The trouble really begins once these reluctant foster-godmothers arrive in Genua and must outwit their power-hungry counterpart who'll stop at nothing to achieve a proper

My Thoughts

Witches Abroad is yet another that just has a great feeling to it. Living in Louisiana and having a bit of voodoo in this one, I felt completely at home!

Terry Pratchett takes this book to allow us to all bend our heads around how obviously and annoyingly stupid fairy tales are! He obviously already knew this and is waiting for us to catch up. It takes quite a few well known stories and turns them on their heads. The wolf from Red Riding Hood is the one that got to me the most. So sad! The fact that Granny Weatherwax can see into an animal’s mind to see what it is really thinking just added to the horribleness of this particular little story. And it showed a kinder side of Granny that we do not get to see very often. She is a witch and as such does not have time for softness!

The witches have more than fairy tales to contend with in this one. Lilly is creating havoc and Granny is the only one that can deal with her. Although another witch thinks she has the right to show Lilly a lesson so now it’s a battle of wits! Headology against Voodoo!

Meanwhile Magrat gets to enjoy a night of dancing without her usual self getting into the way. With her newly found confidence she can do anything! And Nanny Ogg goes into a closet with Casanunda! The #2 World’s Best Lover!

Once again hilarity at its best. It’s a wonder these gals can get themselves out of trouble at all!

Loved every minute of this and really enjoyed the new characters.


Favorite quotes:

“Nanny Ogg knew how to start spelling ‘banana’, but didn’t know how you stopped.”

“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.”

“It pays to advertise,” Nanny agreed. “This is Greebo. Between you and me, he’s a fiend from hell.” “Well, he’s a cat,” said Mrs. Gogol, generously. “It’s only to be expected.”


Witch Novels in Order:

  1. Equal Rites
  2. Wyrd Sisters
  3. Witches Abroad
  4. Lords and Ladies
  5. Maskerade
  6. Carpe Jugulum
  7. (Tiffany Aching) The Wee Free Men
  8. Hat Full of Sky
  9. Wintersmith
  10. I Shall Wear Midnight


terry pratchett bannerThe order:


  • Ankh Morpork
  1. Pyramids
  2. Moving Pictures
  3. Small Gods
  4. The Truth
  5. Monstrous Regiment
  6. Going Postal
  7. Making Money
  8. Unseen Academicals
  9. Raising Steam
  • Death
  1. Mort
  2. Reaper Man
  3. Soul Music
  4. Hogfather
  • The Watch
  1. Guards! Guards!
  2. Men at Arms
  3. Feet of Clay
  4. Jingo
  5. The Fifth Elephant
  6. Night Watch
  7. Thud
  8. Snuff
  • The Witches
  1. Equal Rites
  2. Wyrd Sisters
  3. Witches Abroad
  4. Lords and Ladies
  5. Maskerade
  6. Carpe Jugulum
  • Tiffany Aching (who is also a witch)
  1. The Wee Free Men
  2. Hat Full of Sky
  3. Wintersmith
  4. I Shall Wear Midnight
  • Rincewind
  1. The Colour of Magic
  2. The Light Fantastic
  3. Sourcery
  4. Eric
  5. Interesting Times
  6. The Last Continent
  7. The Last Hero
  8. The Science of Discworld
  9. The Science of Discworld II: Globe
  10. The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch
  • Or read the Discworld in order
  1. The Colour of Magic
  2. The Light Fantastic
  3. Equal Rites
  4. Mort
  5. Sourcery
  6. Wyrd Sisters
  7. Pyramids
  8. Guards! Guards!
  9. Eric
  10. Moving Pictures
  11. Reaper Man
  12. Witches Abroad
  13. Small Gods
  14. Lords and Ladies
  15. Men at Arms
  16. Soul Music
  17. Interesting Times
  18. Maskerade
  19. Feet of Clay
  20. Hogfather
  21. Jingo
  22. The Last Continent
  23. Carpe Jugulum
  24. The Fifth Elephant
  25. The Truth
  26. Thief of Time
  27. The Last Hero
  28. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
  29. Night Watch
  30. The Wee Free Men
  31. Monstrous Regiment
  32. Hat Full of Sky
  33. Going Postal
  34. Thud!
  35. Wintersmith
  36. Making Money
  37. Unseen Academicals
  38. I Shall Wear Midnight
  39. Snuff
  40. Raising Steam

OR! Just pick a book up and start reading. Although I think starting with Guards! Guards! is the way to go but I am biased to Captain Vimes. I have a fictional crush on him.










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2 Responses to “Book Review: Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett”

    • Christina

      Thank you for that link! I saw a comment on Facebook but could not find the actual article. THIS book is FUN! You will love it. Lots with Magrat 😀

      I feel the same way. We lost him so early!