Equal Rites (Discworld #3, Witches #1)

Equal Rites (Discworld, #3)Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The third book of Discworld introduces the reader the female view of the magic in “Equal Rites” through the unexpected transference of wizard magic to a baby girl named Esk.  Once the story really gets going, Granny Weatherwax takes Esk under her wing to help teach her witchcraft and hoped it would help the little girl figure out how to understand wizard magic.  With all her good intentions, Granny decides Esk needs help from the Unseen University.  The two leave their hometown of Bad Ass and head to Ankh-Morpork leading to very interesting adventures on the way.

Throughout the story, Pratchett gives humor to the various gender roles that Discworld (and ours by extension) assumes exist though in reality they are ridiculous especially when a little girl has wizardry magic.  The pace is slow in a few places, but overall the book is a page turner as you can’t wait to see what happens next and what laugh Pratchett has in store.  I can’t wait to see the next “adventure” Granny gets herself involved with.

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