Review: Sourcery by Terry Pratchett


T34499he  Particulars: Fantasy, HarperTorch, available in print and as e-book

The Source: The Bookshelf

The Grade: B-

The blurb:

Sourcery, a hilarious mix of magic, mayhem, and Luggage, is the fifth book in Terry Pratchett’s classic fantasy Discworld series.

Rincewind, the legendarily inept wizard, has returned after falling off the edge of the world. And this time, he’s brought the Luggage. But that’s not all… Once upon a time, there was an eighth son of an eighth son who was, of course, a wizard. As if that wasn’t complicated enough, said wizard then had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son — a wizard squared (that’s all the math, really). Who of course, was a source of magic — a sourcerer.

Will the sourcerer lead the wizards to dominate all of Discworld? Or can Rincewind’s tiny band stave off the Apocalypse?

The Review:

I picked this from the bookshelf, since I was in the mood for something that wasn’t romance. And it was exactly what I needed at the time.

This is the fifth book in the Discworld series. Discworld follows rules of it own, but there are rules that are only broken at the dire need. What I like with Discworld is how it pokes fun at the standard Fantasy tropes.

It was intresting to follow Rincewind and Conina as they tried to save the world. The characters barely managed to stay on the right border of being caricatures, but that’s also one of the strength of Terry Pratchett. How he uses the standard Fantasy tropes, and pokes fun at them.

The plot was full of unexpected plot twists, that made sense once they happened. Really liked the  sense of humor that was in the book, and how Mr Pratchett twisted some scenes to make then very funny.

I’ll admit that even if I enjoyed it, and found it funny at times, I didn’t find the book hilarious.  But then I think humor is one of the hardest to write, since it is depends on who you are as a person.