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Les Annales du Disque-Monde, Tome 14 : Nobliaux et sorcières (original 1992; edition 2003)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Les Annales du Disque-Monde, Tome 14 : Nobliaux et sorcières
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Pocket (2003), Poche, 380 pages
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Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett (1992)


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The Lancre coven return home in time for Magrat Garlick's wedding, which is a surprise to her, and to find certain "Lords and Ladies" wanting to crash the event. Terry Pratchett returns to Discworld as the witches face off with faeries trying to make their way back into reality as Magrat tries to figure out how to be a Queen after finding her career as witch not going well while Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg just continue on with their witchy ways.

Having found the previous two witches books (Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad) not particularly to my liking compared to other Discworld installments, I was a bit hesitant when starting this book however that changed as Pratchett's story unfolded. Following not only the perspectives of the three witches but also Magrat's betrothed King Verence, two of Nanny's sons Jason and Shawn, and numerous wizards from the Unseen University. The use of magical quantum mechanics is better explained than "mirror magic" in Witches Abroad and feels like it is worked into the plot easier throughout the book. The main antagonist once against has a history with Granny, but this time the Faerie Queen and her minions just come off as more real than other antagonists the witches have faced. But the biggest thing that made this book better than the previous witches books was the character development of Magrat, who instead of seemingly remaining flat came into her own as the Fair Folk attached Lancre to be a real Queen.

The humor and engaging story of "Lords and Ladies" makes this one of the best Discworld books that I've read and major improvement over both Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad. If future Witches books by Pratchett are up to the standards of "Lords and Ladies" then I can't wait to read them. ( )
  mattries37315 | Jul 6, 2015 |
Lords and Ladies is the fourteenth Discworld book. Unlike some of the others, you really should read the prior books Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad before picking up Lords and Ladies.

Lords and Ladies is a very loose parody of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The witches have arrived back from Genua to a Lancre summer where crop circles are blooming like flowers. Magrat is to be married to King Verence on Midsummer’s Day, and Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg suspect that sadistic elves are trying to break into Lancre. At the same time, some wizards from the Unseen University decide to attend the wedding

With all this going on, it is remarkable how coherent Lords and Ladies is. Everything ties together very well and all merges into a cohesive whole. The plotting and pacing is on point, and the pages easily flip by.

What really makes Lords and Ladies stand out to me is the character growth of Magrat and Granny. Early on in the novel, Magrat gets into the inevitable fight with the older witches: she’s tired of them keeping her out of the loop and treating her like an assistant, not a real witch. As a result of the fight, Magrat is determined to give up witching and just be queen instead. But almost instantaneously she’s at a loss for what to do. She drifts through the castle, feeling bored out of her mind by tapestry work.

“Magrat was bored. She’d never been bored when she was a witch. Permanently bewildered and overworked yes, but not bored.”

Meanwhile, Granny Weatherwax is beginning to feel uncertain for the first time in her life. She’s also makes some mistakes, principally in regard to how she treats Magrat, that have a real effect upon the plot. Granny is often prone to coming off as an unstoppable force, so this goes a long way into making Granny more of a believable character.

I also want to say that I love the friendship between Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. Both of them chose very different paths in life but can’t imagine living differently. Granny never wishes that she’d chosen marriage and children instead – she’s perfectly contented with the life she has.

“Other people would probably say: I wasn’t myself. But Granny Weatherwax didn’t have anyone else to be.”

I would highly recommend Lords and Ladies, especially for people already familiar with the witches.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Apr 22, 2015 |
I'm just not a huge fan of Discworld. Lots of wit, some of it to my taste, but if there's substance it escapes me - at least in this book. Some of the other entries in the series are more interesting and so I do keep trying to keep up. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Pratchett has an unbelievable knack for taking an idea that has been around for centuries, stretching it out with a rolling-pin and kneading it into something majestic and full of such originality you wonder how any could have missed it beforehand.

Those Witches are at it again. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are back from travels to fight against the Lords and Ladies--Elegant folk, fair, beautiful... glamourous.
In terms of humour, it's up there with the best of the funny Discworld novels. There are footnotes galore and you really can't get by without wiping laughter tears from your eyes at the sublime and the just plain silly. (22/8/11) ( )
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
Come sempre Pratchett non si smentisce. I suoi libri sono sempre un po' meno "leggeri" ma il divertimento è assicurato. ( )
  Iacopo.Venni | Nov 14, 2014 |
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In front of her [Nanny Ogg] the cat Greebo, glad to be home again, lay on his back with all four paws in the air, doing his celebrated something-found-in-the-gutter impersonation.
'I learned my craft from Nanny Gripes,' said Granny Weatherwax, 'who learned it from Goody Heggety, who got it from Nanna Plumb, who was taught it by Black Aliss, who --'

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Granny Weatherwax and her tiny coven are up against real elves.

It’s Midsummer Night.

No times for dreaming…

With full supporting cast of dwarfs, wizards, trolls, Morris dancers and one orang-utan. And lots of hey-nonny-nonny and blood all over the place.
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Although they may feature witches and wizards, vampires and dwarves, along with the occasional odd human, Terry Pratchett's bestselling Discworld novels are grounded firmly in the modern world. Taking humorous aim at all our foibles, each novel reveals our true character and nature.

It's a dreamy midsummer's night in the Kingdom of Lancre. But music and romance aren't the only things filling the air. Magic and mischief are afoot, threatening to spoil the royal wedding of King Verence and his favorite witch, Magrat Garlick. Invaded by some Fairie Trash, soon it won't be only champagne that's flowing through the streets ...

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Elves threaten the human kingdom of Lancre and the wedding between King Verence and witch Magrat Garlick, and it is up to three witches, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat, to save the day.

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