Maskerade (Discworld #18, Witches #5)

427676573fbcfd6593253735851444341587343Maskerade by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Discworld’s most renowned coven is down a witch, but the best replacement has taken her vocal talents to Ankh-Morpork’s Opera House. However, Terry Pratchett isn’t going to miss a chance to let Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg get mixed up in the Maskerade at the Opera.

With Magrat now Queen, Granny and Nanny are feeling a bit incomplete but the young, fat and vocally gifted woman they know can join them has left the Ramtops to seek her fortune in Ankh-Morpork but when Granny learns of Nanny’s spicy cookbook they have a reason to head to the big city. Meanwhile, Agnes Nitt aka Perdita X dreams of becoming the next big voice in Opera and she does, unfortunately all they want is her voice for Christine who has that “star factor”. As Agnes pats herself on the back for running away from becoming a witch, the Opera’s “good luck” Ghost starts killing people but while people are worried the show must go on. Inevitably, the three Lancre natives tackle the mystery of the killing Ghost with hilarious results.

Maskerade continues the ‘Witches’ sequence of the Discworld novels, but Pratchett’s change up in the coven’s line up creates a better book as the very un-witch like Magrat is replaced by the very witchy Agnes who knows how to deal with Granny and Nanny. After finishing the book I’m looking forward to when Agnes appears again.


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