Title: Witches Abroad
Author: Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #12, Witches #3
It seemed an easy job… After all, how difficult could it be to make sure that a servant girl doesn’t marry a prince?
But for the witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, travelling to the distant city of Genua, things are never that simple…
Servant girls have to marry the prince. That’s what life is all about. You can’t fight a Happy Ending.
At least – up until now…
There is nothing like a Pratchett book to make you giggle and his witches series is one of the best for doing that. I absolutely adore Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. They are just so sassy and take no shit from anyone. I loved how much this one examined and deconstructed fairy tales. Pratchett took all the classics apart with his usual ease and humour. It had me laughing at all the old tropes as he twisted them on their heads. It also is a good old fashion buddy road-trip movie, and these ladies and their cat, can’t help but cause havoc (with positive consequences).
There is almost no male characters in this book, at least those that speak, discounting a rouge of a house cat. This subtly makes the focus all about how the young women in fairy tales are treated. It makes you view them from a completely new angle while also laughing at the little nods and in jokes about the original stories.
I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more about the witches of the Discworld.