Review (Discworld): Witches Abroad

Witches #3 is a very interesting instalment on reread. I didn’t actually remember a whole tonne from when I first read it but I remember not being that enthralled because there was so much focus on OLD Granny Weatherwax, instead of the YOUNG relatable Magrat (I must have been pretty young oh dear).

What I’ve noticed rereading is I think this the real beginning of more bad-ass Discworld stories. Reaper Man had a little bit of this style but Witches Abroad is much more of a coherent fantasy action story, with a proper quest, villain and even somewhat serious twists.

There is still a rambling element of random adventures which is sort of relegated to the 1st act while the Witches make their way ‘abroad’ where Pratchett riffs on some cultural oddities before subverting fairy tales – the main theme being what if witches were the good guys in fairy tales?

Most of Pratchett’s characters are the best, but I feel like Granny Weatherwax is by far the most complex and dynamic. Even by book 3 I feel like she is still somewhat developing (and there are only 3 more books to go!) I can’t quite decide whether Vimes or Weatherwax are the most author insert of Sir Pratchett (or is it Rincewind LOL)

2 thoughts on “Review (Discworld): Witches Abroad

  1. I certainly remember reading mostly for the humour the first time, and not really understanding all the nuances of the story, particularly for this one (I think it must have been one of the first ones I read).

    That’s one of the delights of re-reading Discworld – you often recognise more of the tropes and references that Pratchett is playing with. I think “Soul Music” was the first one I read (back in the late 1900s), and I suspect I still don’t get all the song/band references in that.

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    • It’s by far the biggest theme of rereading is actually understanding (almost) all of the references.
      Something I’m finding quite funny is that in my youth I actually took Discworld very seriously probably for this reason that I didn’t notice the satire or subversions and also younger writing is often ‘sillier’ so I always found it a bit weird that everyone references Terry Pratchett as a humour writer!

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