I’ve been a pretty big reader of Terry Pratchett’s stuff since I first read the Rincewind 4-in-1 hardback (the Colour of Magic, the Light Fantastic, Sourcery, and the short story Eric) 3 or 4 years ago. I recently purchased the first novel in his Witches series, Equal Rites, on my kindle. As has been the case with pretty much all of the stuff that I’ve read of his, it was an enjoyable and whimsical take of life on the discworld.
Esk, the protagonist, is actually pretty similar to Tiffany Aching, the star of the Wee Free men series of books. They are both strong-willed young girls who see things quite a bit differently than those around them. They both are witches, although Esk eventually starts striving to be the very first female wizard that Unseen University has ever had. Technically, she is the eighth child of the eighth son, someone who should become a wizard and is only held back due to her gender. I actually am starting to get the sense from reading Terry’s novels that he is very pro-feminist as most of his female characters are quite strong and don’t need to rely on someone else to do things for them. I think that pretty soon I will be purchasing Wyrd Sisters, the next book in the Witches series, and giving it a read. I hope it is as good as Equal Rites.
<NOTE: I will be adding more to this review as I get free time>