Equal Rites

Equal Rites

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They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance. The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check that the baby in question was a son. Everybody knows that there's no such thing as a female wizard. But now it's gone and happened, there's nothing much anyone can do about it. Let the battle of the sexes begin...
Publisher: 2009
ISBN: 9781407034478
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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IndyPL_JosephL Apr 17, 2019

The third book of Pratchett's massive Discworld series and easily the first of his really good books in the series, "Equal Rites" follows the story of the Disc's first female wizard, Eskarina Smith. Toying with traditional and sexist notions of how magic works on the Disc, this first entry in the subseries of The Witches is a strong new beginning for the series.

JCLAndrewE Jun 12, 2018

As the third book of Discworld, and the 1st in the "Witches" sub-series this is a great continuation of Terry's wonderfully imaginative world. Lots of fun, strong characters, and enough peril to keep your interest. Also a great, short read to cleanse your pallet between heavier reads.

Sep 28, 2017

Great Book!

May 06, 2017

I am reading this series in the publication order. Which makes a huge difference to the review in my opinion. After finishing the first two books in the series which I loved, this one seemed to slow down a bit for me. I missed the luggage and the other characters from the first two books. However as I read more of the book I really started to get into it more. The staff kind of assumed the role of the luggage, in that it is an inanimate object with a strange personality. I also really enjoyed the premise of the first female wizard, and the entire mix up at the beginning. I also really enjoyed the ending and it was not quite what I expected. We as readers are also able to learn a little bit more about what happens on the disc. I am looking forward to the next book, even though there are once again new characters and a new premise. We have stumbled upon the character of Death a few times before however in the first two books.

Oct 29, 2016

This is the book where Prachet really honed in on his style of humor that would last for the rest of his career.

Possibly worth skipping over the first two books as the writing style becomes much more smoother and funnier starting here.

Jul 04, 2016

Love this series and really enjoyed this installment. The witches (Granny Weatherwax in particular) are one of my favorite Discworld topics.

May 28, 2016

Here's the thing: you have a dying wizard who has to pass on his power/staff to the 8th son of an 8th son, he only has 6 minutes until he "meets" Death and he doesn't verify the 8th son of the 8th son is ACTUALLY a boy, Now what could possibly go wrong? The child in question is Eskarina, who is obviously a girl. I enjoyed the twist and the fact she is so young and strong-willed enough to stand up against any and everybody to become a wizard is refreshing. The staff is hers and no one can take it from her - not even Granny Weatherwax. Granny tries to make her into a witch instead of a wizard. Eskarina is on her own and realizes there's always a price to pay for your dreams, but she proved she could handle it. Now that's what I call focused.

Aug 23, 2015

A dying wizard goes to great lengths to pass his power onto a newborn baby. He trusts the magic to lead him to the heir, and it sure found one. The father was an eighth son, and this is... an eighth daughter?!

Too late now! Magic doesn't "sort itself out" very well, so the world has got its first female wizard. Her family tried hard to burn the staff, chop it up, hide it, but it is completely unharmed. Young Eskarina Smith is protected by both the the staff, waiting at the bottom of the wood pile, and the wizard, reincarnated as an apple tree. Anyone who harms her will have to pay the price. As local witch, Granny Weatherwax, tries to train her into witchcraft, the magic takes hold. Her staff brutally kills a pack of attacking wolves. She does magic in reckless, flashy ways, almost losing her mind. Her natural talent for magic allows her to intuitively change the world around her as she pleases, but doesn't tell her about any of the side affects. There is no avoiding it. Nine year old Eskarina will have to become a wizard, and learn to wield her power properly. However, the Wizards at Unseen University aren't used to nine year old girls applying. With the help of the extremely useful staff, and Granny Weatherwax, she will have to find a new way in.

This was a good book.It really shows what it's like to be patronized, or rejected for unfair reasons. Even Granny Weatherwax tried to stop Esk, but eventually realized that it couldn't be done, so helped her along instead. Esk is a very admirable character, even though she is quite young. She is stubborn, refused give up on her dreams, and isn't dumbed down.

This book has a very good plot, and the creative metaphors expected of Terry Pratchett's writing. The ending was a bit short, but sweet. Next in the Discworld witch series is Wyrd Sisters

Jan 10, 2012

There were times I laughed out loud. This book was a delight!

rockyracoon1 Feb 02, 2011

I recently finished this 3rd installment in the discworld series and I was not disappointed! This fantasy series seems only to get better with each book. I would highly recommend looking into this series if you are unfamiliar with it. There is a hidden surprise at the end of the novel which was completely unexpected and quite funny too.

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May 06, 2017

At the beginning of the book there is a mix up with a dying wizard. He anticipates the birth of a seventh son of a seventh son, when in reality it is a seventh daughter of a seventh son. Before he learns of this mix up he bestows his staff upon the child, automatically making her a wizard. This then causes problems throughout her childhood, they try to hide the staff which seems to have a mind of its own. They try to prevent her from accessing her wizard magic by teaching her witch magic instead. However due to this her magic erupts out of her at will when she is angry, sad, excited etc. The decision is made for her to be trained as a wizard for the safety of her self and others. There is one problem however. Wizards are not supposed to be women. On the journey to Ankh Morpork where the Unseen University is many difficulties are encountered. They finally make it to the university only to of course be turned away. Esk then joins the university as a maid, with her own 'broomstick'. She is to watch and learn. However she is finally accepted to the university after reviving a student who was thought lost to 'them' creatures from the shadow dimension. Esk is able to save him with some help from her staff and Granny and is finally accepted into the university after they decide to allow women due to her heroism.


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Jul 04, 2016

Their wills clanged like cymbals and the air between them thickened. But Granny had spent a lifetime bending recalcitrant creatures to her bidding and, while Esk was a surprisingly strong opponent, it was obvious that she would give in before the end of the paragraph.


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