Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
book, review, discworld
This review was originally posted at Goodreads and imported here later with next to no spell/grammar checking.
Queen Magrat of Lancre, the former "youngest witch" is having a baby and King Verence invites people form far and wide to the naming ceremony. Including the Magpyr family all the way from Überwald. They happen to be vampires — of the telepathic blood-sucking persuasion, but in this day an age, who cares?
Except them. They care. And they’d like a piece of Lancre.
I really liked this one. It’s a Witches story, but more focused and streamlined than the previous ones. Less aimless meandering and more mystery, action and magic. Granny Weatherwax is gone for most of it, but she is still her old badass self. And Agnes Nitt from the previous book (Maskerade) is now a proper Third Witch.
The story flows really nicely and it’s got vampires in it (I really like vampire stories). I’ve had fun and unlike some of the previous Discworld books, I didn’t find any sort of lull moment where I hadn’t felt like returning to it.
The resolution (which I won’t spoil) felt a little too much on the Deus Ex Machina side, but Discworld isn’t about the plot, it’s about the friends we’ve laughed at along the way.