A few years ago now, I started to work my way through the books from Terry Pratchett’s epic Discworld series, which my father and I already own or as we get our hands on them. My last foray into this series was the Egyptian-inspired Pyramids, however for my next read I had to go back a little in the series. After getting my hands on a copy of Sourcery, the fourth published Discworld novel, last year.
In Sourcery, we return to Pratchett’s magic, weird and fantastical Discworld, as summer thunder rolls over sandy cliffs and the banished Ipslore the Red sits among the sea grasses, with his baby son, Coin awaiting Death. Now Ipslore was the eighth son of an eighth son, so, quite naturally, he was a wizard. But quite unnaturally he went and had seven sons, and then he had Coin: an eighth son… a wizard squared… a source of magic… a Sourcerer! Fast forward a few years to Coin – now an extremely powerful little boy – as he and his enchanted staff arrive at the Unseen University. Creating chaos as pure, raw magic flows from him into the old fusty wizards and building.
What ensues is the upheaval of the old, the traditional, the normal! As through the staff Ipslore controls Coin to enact revenge over the wizards, that banished him, and the world, which has side-lined magic as irrelevant. In steps Rincewind, an insufferably inept wizard and his fiercely loyal but maniacal Luggage to the rather reluctant rescue! (For those who don’t know, the Luggage is a large, iron-bound chest made of magical Sapient Pearwood, which has legs and can move very fast if the need arises). They are joined by the beautiful but deadly Conina, daughter of Conan the Barbarian in a hair-brain scheme led by a hat to save the world. Yes, I said a hat!
I love Terry Pratchett and this is now my tenth Discworld novel I have read. It is the fourth instalment in the series, first published back in 1988 (a great year). However this is a series I don’t feel you necessarily have to read in order, as the stories often follow various different groups of characters. In this case we see the return of old favourites Rincewind, the Luggage and the banana loving Librarian, as well as a host of new, colourful characters. So while I don’t think this is perhaps the funniest or most memorable of those I have read, there is definitely something here for existing, diehard Discworld fans and new readers alike.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sourcery by Terry Pratchett. Although not one of my favourites from the series, it is another slice of madcap, fantasy fun, which helped me relax and escape the madness of the end of term at work. I look forward to reading more and I have plenty to choose from on my TBR. Good read.
Have you read this? What other Discworld novels have you read?
This is book 3/10 for my 10 Books of Summer 2018 reading challenge.