On the Discworld, the eighth son of an eighth son is a wizard. But what of the eighth son of a wizard? As wizards insist that celibacy is necessary for magic, this question remained unanswered for over two thousand years. The answer is: a sourcerer. This sourcerer has come to the stronghold of Discworld wizardry, the Unseen University, and insisted that wizards are the rightful rulers of the world. Sounds great, but magical rule upsets the balance of things. Sourcery produces too much raw magic and kick-starts the Apocralypse (a portmanteau of apocryphal and apocolypse). Rincewind, the most cowardly wizard on the Disc has already run away by this point, leaving the Librarian (who is an orangutan–long story) to protect the magical books all by himself. Along with the help of a hero who wishes to be a hairdresser, a hick who thinks he’s a hero, and a homicidal Luggage case, Rincewind must defeat the sourcerer and restore the natural balance of magic to Discworld. Can he do it, or will he just run away again?
This laugh-out-loud funny book is the fifth in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, but you don’t really need to have read the whole series in order to read this book (though I might recommend at least reading the first two Rincewind books: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic). This is the second time I’ve read it and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. This series is one of my all-time favorites and I’m really enjoying rereading it.
Review by Jessica A.