This is the first of Terry Pratchett's
wonderful sequence of novels about three witches
in the remote mountain kingdom of Lancre
. In their first outing they have to deal with kings and ghosts of kings, in a plot not unlike a certain Scottish play
. Technically an earlier novel, Equal Rites
, comes first, but it's not necessary to have read that or any other Discworld
book in order to enjoy this. If you haven't read any Pratchett before, here is not a bad place to start.
Great fun, wise and laugh-out-loud funny, it's a book I warmly remember, even after several readings. The two books that follow - Witches Abroad
and Lords and Ladies
- are even better, and along with the early Guards books (Guards! Guards!
and Men at Arms
) probably represent Pratchett's best work.