Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Being a while since I read this and it holds up well.

I’ve never read Hamlet but I know the gist and this is Terry Pratchett’s version of it. We met Granny Weatherwax in Equal Rites I think but I’m pretty sure this is the first time we meet Nanny Ogg and Magrat. The gist of the story is that the king of Lancre is killed and his infant son is accidentally given to the three witches above and is then left in care of a band of travelling actors. The story then follows the new king and his growing descent into madness and his growing war with the witches.

Reading the above description is sounds quite serious but being Pratchett, even though there is a lot of deeper thoughts going on it is still a light and easy read. Granny is one of my favourite characters. It’s still a fairly early representation of her but we see the beginnings of the strong character she is going to be and is much more herself, if you know what I mean, than she was in Equal Rites. Nanny Ogg is always a laugh and Magrat is always great in her earnestness. There are a host of other characters but I don’t think any of them turn up in the other books other than the fool.

This is still one of the early discworld books but he’s starting to really get the balance of the comedy with the insights that he provides that I think is the hallmark of his books. I laughed out loud a few times reading this in addition to numerous chuckles and I have just not read another ‘comedy’ fantasy that has ever done that for me.

Always a great read.

4.5 stars

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