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Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Equal Rites (original 1987; edition 2000)

by Terry Pratchett (Author)

Series: Discworld: Witches (1), Discworld (3)

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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 on the new-born baby's sex.… (more)
Title:Equal Rites
Authors:Terry Pratchett (Author)
Info:HarperTorch (2000), Edition: Reissue, 213 pages
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Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (1987)


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Wizards who are about to die always transfer their power to the eighth son of an eighth son before they gasp their last. But one night in the village of Bad Ass, a wizard mistakenly passes on his power to a newborn girl. Whoops. Never before has there been a female wizard in all of Discworld. This baby is going to have one heck of a time!

Equal Rites, the third book in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, is about Eskarine's adventures. She grows up living with a witch, Granny Weatherwax who teaches her about about herbs, healing and witchery. But, as Eskarine has a staff and wizardly powers that eek out by accident once in awhile, Granny realizes the girl needs to go to the Unseen University for wizard training. The problem? Girls aren't allowed to be wizards and therefore, the university doesn't admit girls. Esk sets out on a trek to attempt to gain admittance....and chaos ensues.

I really love this series. Pratchett's humor just makes me smile. And I love Esk....she is a child and completely innocent. She can't control her powers and often ends up in strange predicaments because of her magical staff. She notices things and helps people on her way to the wizard university and doesn't even realize she's using magic. In her mind, she's just being nice and helpful. Granny Weatherwax is wonderful too. Old, cantankerous and a wily witch in her own right, she's funny, endearing and just awesomely witchy. When the two of them arrive in Ankh Morpork, nothing will ever be the same again, especially the Unseen University. The battle of wills to get girls recognized as wizard material was awesomely epic.

A wonderful, funny journey through Discworld!!

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  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
I missed the boat and rather move on //
This will get me to the Wee Free Men eventually but it's only a minor connection so maybe go right to The Wee Free Men.
PR "As a side note, this is not a bad entry point into reading Discworld. Normally I advise people begin at the beginning of the series, but despite this being the third book of Discworld, it makes for a better start than either of the first two books.... "
On the "Seventh" listopia
  Seayla2020 | Nov 21, 2020 |
What can I say? Terry Pratchett is creative, funny writer and this book is a nice quick fantasy read. ( )
  aarondesk | Nov 9, 2020 |
This book was really something else. If you have read any of the Xanth novels or any of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books and liked them, then you will probably like this. The narrative is a long-running joke, full of puns and odd thoughts. The characters are interesting, with enough unpredictability to make them seem real. There is no melodrama here, and after some of the books I've been reading, that felt refreshing. The equal rights/gender relations theme was carried more by the common sense of characters, rather than by malice, like many authors do. I liked that because it seemed more real, and it also allowed characters to change their minds when they realized they should. ( )
  Noeshia | Oct 23, 2020 |
As a wizard, Drum Billet knows when he will die, so he has sought out an eight son who is about to have an eight child so that he can pass his staff and his magic to another generation. There ( )
  Ravenwood1984 | Oct 13, 2020 |
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Thanks to Neil Gaiman, who loaned us the last surviving copy of the Liber Paginarium Fulvarum, and a big hallo to all the kids at the H.P. Lovecraft Holiday Fun Club.

I would like it to be clearly understood that this book is not wacky. Only dumb redheads in Fifties' sitcoms are wacky.

No, it's not zany either.
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This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn't pretend to answer all or any of these questions.
They both savoured the strange warm glow of being much more ignorant than ordinary people, who were only ignorant of ordinary things.
For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.
Esk, of course had not been trained, and it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you are attempting can't be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a half-brick in the path of the bicycle of history.
... 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.
It has already been revealed that light on the Discworld travels slowly, the result of its passage through the Disc’s vast and ancient magical field.
So dawn isn’t the sudden affair that it is on other worlds. The new day doesn’t erupt, it sort of sloshes gently across the sleeping landscape in the same way that the tide sneaks in across the beach, melting the sand castles of the night. It tends to flow around mountains. If the trees are close together it comes out of woods cut to ribbons and sliced with shadows.
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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 on the new-born baby's sex.

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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 on the new-born baby’s sex…
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