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Lords and Ladies ❴BOOKS❵ ✪ Lords and Ladies Author Terry Pratchett – Thomashillier.co.uk A Discworld Novel It's a hot Midsummer Night The crop circles are turning up everywhere even on the mustard and cress of Pewseyy Ogg aged four And Magrat Garlick witch is going to be married in the mo A Discworld Novel It's a hot Midsummer Night The crop circles are turning up everywhere Lords and eBook ☆ even on the mustard and cress of Pewseyy Ogg aged four And Magrat Garlick witch is going to be married in the morningEverything ought to be going like a dream But the Lancre All Comers Morris Team have got drunk on a fairy mound and the elves have come back bringing all those things traditionally associated with the magical glittering realm of Faerie cruelty kidnapping malice and evil evil murder Granny Weatherwax and her tiny argumentative coven have really got their work cut out this timeWith full supporting cast of dwarfs wizards trolls Morris Dancers and one orang utan And lots of hey nonny nonny and blood all over the placeBut with tons of style.

10 thoughts on “Lords and Ladies

  1. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    Ritual magic is gone mad even lunatic than the lucky fool in a Shakespearean mythology overloadThe idea of the special magic days inspired by natural phenomenon astrology and seasons is as old as humanity but in this case it goes a bit hawire and crop circles are just the beginningUnsuspected unknown elements that go against the stereotypical description of anything magic or real are a splendid comedy trope as they uestion the whole logic of expectations regarding anything easily leading to prejudices and problems Elves one may have hardly ever seen in fantasy come to play with this premise and show what way a life of wealth and without problems can do with one's personalityview spoilerThe elves are one of the rare cases of truly spoiled evil protagonists just for the sake of harming others not fueled by money expanding the empire by waging wars motivated by a mentality of being legitimized to do it because of high status It asks the very logical uestion why mighty elves fairies magicians should unrealistically be good friendly and sympathetic if they can rule insult and hurt everyone It would be as if the mighty wealthy and strong nations and people in real life would behave unrealistically friendly tolerant and open minded hide spoiler

  2. Nataliya Nataliya says:

    “Witches can generally come to terms with what actually is instead of insisting on what ought to be” As anyone who knows me can attest to I tend to gush over Pratchett's books with all his wit and wisdom and the ability to create incredibly clever and very serious humor rooted in uncomfortably deep understanding of human mind “Personal’s not the same as important People just think it is” Lords and Ladies of the Lancre Witches subcycle of the Discworld books was the first Pratchett Witches book I've read a few years ago I tended to read them out of order whichever one the library happened to have in stock and the book that immediately sealed my love for Granny Weatherwax and CoThese books are about a small coven of witches in a tiny mountainous country of Lancre usually with a dab of William Shakespeare somewhere in the plot As anything by Sir Terry they of course have layers than a Chernobyl sized onion the wisdom the traditions the heart of the land the nooks and crannies of hearts and minds and of course the people with all their uirks and oddities and maybe even a bag of boiled sweets But at the heart of every one of these is a formidable figure of Esmerelda Granny Weatherwax an old skinny prickly witch with personality of steel will of iron wisdom of the land and a sure knowledge of when NOT to use her immense scary power She always knows who she is and why she is and that's not something to take lightly “Other people would probably say I wasn’t myself But Granny Weatherwax didn’t have anyone else to be” Esme Weatherwax is a capital W witch who knows that witching is far than magic and power She knows that the place where she lives is HERS with all the responsibilities that stem from it She knows that you don't need to be nice or loved or admired to be good at what you do And she knows very well with self assurance that is prone to sometimes slide into a bit of arrogance that crossing her is not something to be taken lightly Does she have regrets about her life? Perhaps to a point But her core of steel the Iron in her Heart goes deep even when she was just a young woman always a step ahead of a pursuing young man Esme Weatherwax was always her own self always knowing who she is “But what we have here is not a nice girl as generally understood Also there’s a certain glint in her eye generally possessed by those people who have found that they are intelligent than most people around them but who haven’t yet learned that one of the most intelligent things they can do is prevent said people ever finding this out” The focus of Lords and Ladies insomuch as you can ever find a single overarching theme in a Pratchett book is knowing the difference between what you wish things were and what they really are Be it uiet regrets about what could have been if perhaps you had let the young man from your past catch up with you even if it means letting go of something your core is made of or a timid wish to steer your own life yourself even if it's already headed where you were hoping it would and not find yourself just another useless adornment in life or being able to look past the alluring glamour and see that the easy way can indeed be much harder than the seemingly hard way “You mean you weren’t Chosen?”“Me? No I chose” said Granny “I chose Gytha Ogg And I want that you should know this right now Whatever happens I ain’t never regretted anything Never regretted one single thing Right?” And assure that in the midst of all of it that you know exactly who and why you areEven in the times like this where things are not going right “There was a mind moving around in the kingdom and Granny Weatherwax didn’t understand it” It's that time again where boundaries between universes both parallel and parasite are becoming thin and crop circles are forming everywhere and a ring of ancient iron loving stones is not enough to contain the titular Lords and Ladies the Elves decidedly not glamorously Tolkienesue “Elves are wonderful They provoke wonderElves are marvelous They cause marvelsElves are fantastic They create fantasiesElves are glamorous They project glamourElves are enchanting They weave enchantmentElves are terrific They beget terrorThe thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaningNo one ever said elves are nice” There is a royal wedding on a midsummer night's eve and elves are loose in the world once again and a unicorn is on a prowl while an ancient king is waiting for the iron in the hearts to be gone while a present day king because of poor spelling gets a book on martial and very much not marital arts and the Archancellor of the Unseen University may have had a past with the most formidable witch in perhaps the entire Discworld and Magrat Garlick tries to come to terms with no longer being a witch but instead hopes to not fall into the useless ueenly obscurity and Nanny Ogg has caught an eye of the second best lover in the universe And it will take a village spearheaded by the witches to teach the invaders a lesson “When he’d gone Nanny climbed up on the same table“Well” she said “it’s like this If you go out there you may have to face elves But if you stops here you definitely have to face me Now elves is worse than me I’ll admit But I’m persistent” I love this book I love how Pratchett's writing never ceases to amaze me I love how no matter how tired exhausted or deeply stressed I am all I need to feel better is to curl up with a book like this and have Granny Weatherwax sort the world out into what she knows it's supposed to be “Granny her voice still uite calm and level “But this is a real world madam That’s what I had to learn And real people in it You got no right to ’em People’ve got enough to cope with just being people They don’t need you swanking around with your shiny hair and shiny eyes and shiny gold going sideways through life always young always singing never learning”“You didn’t always think like this”“That was a long time ago And my lady old I may be and hag I may be but stupid I ain’t You’re no kind of goddess I ain’t against gods and goddesses in their place But they’ve got to be the ones we make ourselves Then we can take ’em to bits for the parts when we don’t need ’em any see? And elves far away in fairyland well maybe that’s something people need to get ’emselves through the iron times But I ain’t having elves here You make us want what we can’t have and what you give us is worth nothing and what you take is everything and all there is left for us is the cold hillside and emptiness and the laughter of the elves”She took a deep breath “So bugger off”

  3. Lyn Lyn says:

    Elves on the DiscworldIn Guillermo del Toro’s 2008 film Hellboy 2 the Elvin character Prince Nuada makes a point about humans remembering why they fear the dark These elves are dark creatures thoroughly unfaeirie like and even un Tolkien likeTerry Pratchett’s 1992 Discworld novel the 14th Lords and Ladies describes a similarly negative vision of elves I could not help wondering if del Toro gained some inspiration from Pratchett’s dark elvesGranny Weatherwax Nanny Og and Magrat are just getting back to Lancre from their travels in Pratchett’s 1991 Witches Abroad and Magrat is getting married to King Verence and some precocious and misguided local girls are tempting fate by messing around with some local Druidic circles of vast power Turns out this is a portal to the elves dimensionWhat was especially attractive about this concept to me was Pratchett’s use of the elves as an alternate to a heroic model These elves are malevolent arrogant and cruel – and also largely forgotten in the annals of time; so much so that ancient legends of them have focused on the glamorous and magical than the accurate description as evil aristocrats This kind of ironic twist is a ubiuitous element in much of Pratchett’s work and his fans will be pleasantly amused with his droll wordplay and inventive storylinesAll this and a subtle retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream makes this one of Pratchett’s best Highly recommended

  4. Adrian Adrian says:

    Review to follow tomorrow hopefully 😬So another fabulous hilarious romp through the special world that is the Discworld In Lancre King Verence is getting ready for his wedding to the witch Magrat Guests have been invited celebrations are being prepared plays are being practised which may not be a good thing and Verence has sent away for a special manual on what to do on his wedding night except he has spelt Marital wrong and passes on the resultant manual to his guard to learn Kung Fu Martial ?? In the meantime with the aid of some young foolish girls wanting to be witches the Lords and Ladies are planning on escaping their prison amongst the dancing stones to create havoc on the kingdom With Magrat off getting married it falls to Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax to save the day and once defeat the un nameable people But this time they are stronger than ever and with a play being performed near the stones the gateway to our world is even widerWith assistance from the Bursar from Unseen University the Librarian Oook and the Chancellor and of course members of the Ogg family not to forget Magrat herself the chaos that ensue might just be put right but at what cost ?Again Sir Terry has hit the proverbial nail on the head when it comes to a classic fantasy storyline with a huge dollop of humour He will be sorely missedA solid 5 star read

  5. Jono Jono says:

    i agree wholeheartedly this is my FAVORITE of the Witch series I love Granny v Lily in Witches Abroad but if you delighted in Mrs Weasley gettin all Sigourney Weaver on Bellatrix L in the last Harry Potter YOU'LL LOVE the whole last third of the book i suirmed with glee as soon as Magrat put on that armor the principle of a cat in a box being any of 3 various states till you open the box alive dead bloody pissed off is all i know about physics or need to know

  6. Trish Trish says:

    Lancre Granny's turf Very bad idea to invade here and challenge a certain witch BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAIn this 14th volume of the Discworld series our three witches Granny Esme Weatherwax Nanny Githa Ogg and Magrat return after their adventure in Genua to find all preparations made for a certain royal wedding Since I never much cared for Magrat I also didn't really mourn her no longer being a witch but a ueen to bee However the festivities are first hindered by a pair of cold feet and then also slightly shall we say amended by crop circles showing up everywhere On the Disc crop circles mean that the barriers between worlds weaken and what is trying to get to Lancre has not only been there before but has also not been very nice the last time no matter what folklore says nowadays Theywhomustnotbenamed indeed So it is up to Granny and Nanny to save the day again though others are helping them too if they want them to or notThis wonderful installment not only has a nice ending to Magrat's participation in the coven but also elements from Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream which is my favourite of his And we get a larger cast thanks to a few wedding guests being there as well making for a very nice and funny mix not to mention some juicy information about Granny's younger years Like I said I was never a fan of Magrat's but she was definitely at her best in this one especially the scene view spoilerwhen she found the armory and put it to damn fine use hide spoiler

  7. Ken Ken says:

    Another delightful tale in The Witches subsection of Prachett's amazing Discworld series the fact that it immediately follows on from Witches Abroad made it even enjoyableI really love spending time with these characters in particularThere's so many aspects that make this series great and this case it was the appearance of crop circles that led to parallel worlds and in turn murderous elvesPratchett's take on folklore is humorously horrificWhile all the various mentions to A Midsummer Night's Dream just highlighted that I've touched any Shakespeare since schoolBut that is what is so magical about this series as certainly elements will appeal to different readers

  8. Bradley Bradley says:

    The great Re Read of Discworld continues with the witches This is a pretty direct followup from Mag's romantic adventure with the king to be and culminating in the grand wedding between the two As weddings go every grand personage of the Discworld or so it seems has been invited to the wedding but of course things don't go all that well with all those crop circles and the ES who must not be namedPretty funny all told but it's Og and her suiter who steals the show And Old Weatherwax Again Mags well I've never cared much for her I just want my darling Tiff Where oh where is she? Why can't I care all that much that Mag is NO LONGER A WITCH?I complain sure but it's not a complaint because I think the novel is bad Far from it I just think it's slightly uneven in my enjoyment of certain characters Nothing But is it a fine story? You bet I'll even a throw in a horseshoe for you

  9. Ivan Ivan says:

    My 1000th read here on GR and first 5 stars this year not counting re read

  10. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    Part of the Pratchett reread with the SpecFic Buddy Reads group This book has Granny Weatherwax Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick returning home to Lancre from their time away see Witches Abroad Magrat gets to finally resolve her situation with King Verence and begin dealing with her post Witch situation Granny and Nanny both have a lot going on as well with the faculty of the Unseen University and Casanunda paying visits Oh and an incursion into our reality by murderous Elves and their ueenThere's a lot of foundation being laid for the future of the Witches in this book I think that was part of the genius of Terry fourteen books in and he's still writing foundational stories for his universe While I did love this it's kind of a mess compared to other books in this sub series Really only let down by what precedes and follows it and still would be brilliant if it had come from anybody else But I know he can do better because he does later on

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