Can you tell that I re-discovered my Discworld stash? Lords and Ladies is a more recent book than the last few I have reviewed, and the Disworld universe is fully established.
Book: Lords and Ladies
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publish Date: 1992
Morality Rating: PG
Readability Rating: 4 stars
It is just after the witches return from abroad and Magrat is about to be married. All is seemingly in order until 3 young would-be witches decide to dance around an ancient stone circle, releasing the power of the Elves.
This is Terry Pratchett at his best. I love the stories he writes about women the best of all, and the witches are some of my favorite characters. No oddly man-like women here! I don’t know how he does it, but his women seem more female than most women characters written by men.
I always feel like I’m not quite sure what is happening in Discworld novels. It always sounds like an epic, clever adventure, but I usually end the book feeling like maybe I’ve missed a little something along the way. This novel is just the same.
I think Terry Pratchett’s characters are the best thing about his stories. He makes them all sound individual and much like ordinary people. I appreciate the understanding of human nature that TP puts into his characters.
If you’re looking for fully-developed Discworld, this book has it. It its own way, the universe is just as immersive, say, as A Song of Ice and Fire.
I love Terry Pratchett’s writing style and I always have. He is one of my favorite authors of all time, mainly because of how well he writes. He manages to be funny, insightful, and engaging all at the same time. Making his plot clear is his weakest point, I feel, but I don’t really mind if the plot seems muddled now and then. I enjoy the writing well enough without it. Like The Night Circus, I don’t read these books for the plot.
I enjoyed this book like all other Discworld novels that I have read. I hope TP writes these stories until the day he dies. Only, he should try not to leave any unfinished. That would be sad. If you like adventure, fantasy, satire, and a fun book, you will want to read Lords and Ladies.
Have you read Lords and Ladies? What were your impressions?