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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

Having never read any Terry Pratchett books before this year, this is now the second Discworld novel that I have read this summer and I have loved them both.

This book, like Wyrd Sisters follows the three witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat. They discover that they need to travel abroad to fulfil the duties of godmothering that have been handed on to Magrat, along with a magic wand. Unfortunately, none of the witches has a clue about how to go about this and Magrat’s wand seems to have one function only: turning everything into pumpkins. As they near their destination they realise that something seems very wrong, as fairy tales begin to surround them. It’s up to Granny Weatherwax to put things right, in her usual chaotic manner.

This is a story about stories and I really enjoyed the references to various fairy tales and stories, as well as how Pratchett puts his own twist on them. The thing that I really enjoy, as with Wyrd Sisters, is Pratchett’s sense of humour, which made this great fun to read. It is also useful to know that whilst there is an order to the Discworld series, each book can be read entirely alone, and you don’t need to have read previous books for it to make sense.

I’ll definitely be reading more of his Discworld novels (I’ve even got my next one lined up).

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