Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
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This review was originally posted at Goodreads and imported here later with next to no spell/grammar checking.
Wyrd Sisters has Shakespeare written all over it. It’s got witches, kings, intrigue, murder, theatre and ghosts. I’m no expert, but the influence was obvious even to me. It is a Discworld novel on the other hand, so things are a little different there.
Granny Weatherwax, one of my favourite Discworld characters (my mum has always seen herself more in Nanny Ogg more which is rather concerning now that I think about it) really comes out strong here, partly because of the comparison to the two other witches in the book (who are also great characters, just a bit harder to identify with for me).
Having forgotten the plot completely, the ending hit me quite hard. It is not the nicest of stories or endings, but it was good and cathartic. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself.
As always with Discworld novels, it’s funny, but also very smart. If you’ve never read one and are daunted by their sheer numbers, you could do much worse than Wyrd Sisters as your starting point (but you could also do better by starting with the City Watch books).
I do have to point out, that each subseries (this being the Witches one) has a bit of a different feel to it. Don’t swear the Discworld off for good if you’ve read this book and didn’t like it that much. Pick up Guards! Guards! instead.