Equal Rites | Terry Pratchett | Review

“She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you.”





They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.

The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son.

Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check that the baby in question was a son.

Everybody knows that there’s no such thing as a female wizard. But now it’s gone and happened, there’s nothing much anyone can do about it.

Let the battle of the sexes begin…


I am relatively new the the discworld and Terry Pratchett’s writing. I am trying to read all books in publication order and really enjoyed the first two books when I read them. It is safe to say I was very excited to go into Equal Rites. It did not disappoint!

I really love Terry Pratchett’s imagination, just when I thought a story couldn’t get more farfetched I turn the page and I am surprised all over again. Honestly, I have never read a book that I have to reread certain parts over and over again just to register what I have just read.

I finally got to meet Granny Weatherwax. FINALLY. When i mentioned that I was starting this series so many people said I would love her when I met her and they were not wrong. I love her careless loveable attitude. If I had to be a character in the Discworld it would definitely be Granny Weatherwax. Such an excellent character. I love her relationship with Esk, it is so beautiful.

I love love love how Esk really challenges gender roles in Equal Rites. She’s a Wizard, but only men can be wizards, does Esk care? Of course she doesn’t – in fact this spurs her on to be the person that everyone has told her that she can’t be.

I love the wit and the drama. Equal Rites had be laughing out loud so many times. If you haven’t read anything by Terry Pratchett I recommend that you do! Such a unique experience.

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