Review: The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

Title The Light Fantastic (2st on Discworld)
Author Terry Pratchett
Pages 285
Year 1986
Publisher Corgi
Reading time 5 days (January 2010)
Rating 7.5 / 10

This book follows the first book on discworld and it's the only one that has a direct sequel. All other books have the same characters but they can read independently. The first was The Colour of Magic (here).

In these tale we follow the (mis)adventures of Rincewind the Mage, Twoflower the first Tourist and it's faithful companion The Luggage. As the story progress we get to see Cohen the Barbarian which will later appear in other stories, Bethan a virgin to-be-sacrificed, Death with a minor role, Ysabell, his daughter and a couple of other characters like Herrena the Henna-Haired Harridan and the main antagonist Trymon the archmage.

In this novel we learn more about the Discworld, it's origins and goings, the Unseen Academy and other fantastic beings. There is some references to some fairytales that were done superbly.

The plot it's simple. A red star is going straight foward for Discworld and nobody knows what to do. The Mages think that the solution is the magic book Octavo and Rincewind with the help of the lost spell on this mind guides him. The all plot is quite good. In my opinion this sequel is greater than the first. 7.5/10


Federico D said…
I've been meaning to read Pratchett for years, and your review makes me want to more so (there seems to be so much funny parody in this one - "Cohen the Barbarian?!"). Since you say they're all reasonably independent in terms of plot, which book would you suggest someone unfamiliar with Pratchett should start?
Perkunos said…
Sorry for the late response but without a doubt the best book (I check it on some websites and reviews) of Pratchett. Mort.

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