The Discworld series is clever, hilarious, poignant, and an essential read for any sci-fi/fantasy fan (especially those who enjoy Douglas Adams). It is also, however, ridiculously enormous, so it can be quite overwhelming deciding where to dive in. Fear not! Equal Rites is the book for you! "But Madeline," you say, "It says quite clearly on the listing that this is book number 3!" I know, I know, this sounds a bit crazy, but here's what you need to know: the Discworld series follows several different groups of people, so it's quite possible to jump around within it. This feminist coming-of-age adventure is your introduction to Granny Weatherwax and the Witches, and it also features the Wizards, Death and Co., and the gloriously grimy city of Ankh-Morpork. Welcome to the Disc! Recommended By Madeline S., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Every world has its rules—even a flat onecarried by four elephants riding on a giant turtle. That's why a dying wizard is searching for an eighth son of an eighth son to bestow his wizardly powers upon before meeting Deathin six minutes. Unfortunately it is quicklydiscovered—though not quite quickly enough—that the newborn babe the wizard anoints just before bidding the Discworld adieu is, in reality,a girl! What's done cannot be undone—despiteold Granny Weatherwax's attempts to bringthe child into the witchy fold—and little Eskis now a wizard, through and through. And she's destined to bring chaos and confusion to the all-male faculty of Ankh-Morpork'sUnseen University . . . who are alreadyfairly addled to begin with.
In Equal Rites
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bestselling author Terry Pratchett brings readers back to Discworld, a fantasy universe where anything can happen—and usually does.
A dying wizard tries to pass his staff on to the eighth son of an eighth son. When it is revealed that the he is a girl named Esk, the news of the female wizard sends the citizens of Discworld into a tail-spin.
With their biting satire and limitless imagination, it is easy to understand why 80 million Discworld books have been sold worldwide. Equal Rites possesses rich characterizations, a journey of awareness, and even a hint of romance from master storyteller Terry Pratchett.
About the Author
Sir Terry Pratchett's many honors include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Printz Honor, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Britain's Carnegie Medal, the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award for lasting contribution to young adult literature, and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. His books have sold more than 75 million copies worldwide. Knighted for his "services to literature," Sir Terry lives in England with his wife and many cats.