And Then I Read: LORDS AND LADIES by Terry Pratchett

This book is the 14th Discworld novel, and focuses on the three witches, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick after they’ve returned home to mountainous Lancre from their adventures in “Witches Abroad.”

King Verence and Magrat had developed a shy, unspoken romantic relationship before the trip, and she’s stunned to find out that he’s made all the preparations for them to marry. Magrat has not been very successful as a witch, so maybe becoming Queen of the tiny country would be a better career, but as she explores that option, is not sure it’s the right one, and she’s annoyed about it all being arranged for her.

Granny and Nanny discover they have competition as witches from some young Lancre girls who’ve formed a new coven in their absence. The challenge seems unimportant until the older witches find out that the girls have been awakening old powers and unlocking an ancient sealed gateway at a local stone circle. That threatens everyone in Lancre when elves begin to cross over the barrier, and while elves seem charming and harmless in the old folk tales, in reality they are vicious, heartless, and cruel opponents who are a threat to everyone. Meanwhile, back in Ankh-Morpork, a delegation of wizards led by Archchancellor Ridcully have decided accept an invitation to attend the royal wedding. Ridcully has fond memories of Lancre, which he visited in his youth. He brings along the Librarian and another Wizard. Before long, these characters and more are thrown into the usual humorous chaos of Discworld with some surprising connections among them, and events that will change everything.

As always, a fun read, and recommended. If you order this on Amazon, be sure not to order the play version by mistake, as I did. I’m sure it’s a fine play, but not what I wanted.

Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

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