Title: Guards! Guards!
Author: Terry Pratchett
Length: 384 pages
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
I know many of you might have noticed by now that I’m addicted to Pratchett books. This is the newest contributor to my obsession. This book had many of my most memorable quote-moments while reading. I shared some of the quotes that I loved in this post. This book is the first in “The Watch” series. I LOVE the Watch. Those guys are SO funny. It was really cool to read about Carrot’s origins and Sam Vimes’ first acquaintance with Sybil Ramkin. I also thoroughly enjoyed the plot. It was a really fun read. I was able to guess what was going to happen, but I actually liked that about it. Many Pratchett books leave me bewildered until the “big reveal”, but with this one, I was like, “Ah snap! I so know what’s going to happen next and I really can’t wait to see how they get there!”
To give you a brief synopsis, the book is about a secret society that decides it would be a good idea to summon up a dragon in order to overthrow the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, gain control of the city, and use the “king” that kills the dragon as their puppet leader. Needless to say, things get a little out of hand and the secret society ends up biting off way more than it can chew. In the mix with this, you have the washed up, drunken captain of the city Watch who has tender shreds of decency and conviction about his post who seeks to unravel the mystery behind the extinct dragon that’s flying around, terrorizing the city. You, of course, have old favorite characters around like Carrot, Nobby, Colon, Sybil, the Librarian, and Death.
This is definitely a fun place to start reading Discworld novels if you’re unsure where to start. It is a great introduction to certain characters and of how the city of Ankh-Morkpork operates. I tend to read the books (very) out of order, so I have read many other Watch books before this one, but it was a delight nonetheless. Go out there and grab a copy and get to readin’!
P.S.—That is NOT the book cover above. I just really liked the look of it. For the real book cover, look below:
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