Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations

The Colour of Magic - Book Review

Home > Everywhere > Book Reviews | Books and Writing | Fun Things To Do | Literary | Rainy Day
by PerthKel (subscribe)
I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
Published December 28th 2019
Welcome to Discworld It's flat and full of magic
Welcome to Discworld as created by Terry Pratchett and the first book in the series - The Colour of Magic.

So what is Discworld you ask? Discworld is a flat world full of witches, wizards, trolls, fairies and many other magical creatures. The world itself sits on the back of four giant elephants who stand on the back of a giant sea turtle who swims around the universe. The sun and the moon have their own loops around the world and the elephants, so none of them have to lift a leg for the sun to go past... Now if you can get your head around all of that, you will be able to enjoy the Discworld series.

The story follows a washed up and incompetent wizard named Rincewind living in Ankh-Morpork. Rincewind is hired by a visitor to the city Twoflower as a tour guide. After Twoflower is kidnapped Rincewind is forced to try and rescue him, along with the Luggage - a chest with lots of little legs which appears industructable and with no limit to what it holds.

Rincewind manages to resue Twoflower and the two of them set off together towards Quirm, but their adventure hasn't ended yet, as it turns out they are part of a bigger boardgame being played out by the Gods of Discworld....

This plot seams jumpy, because honestly, it is. While this is the first book in the series, it is one of the hardest to actually follow. I would actually recommend reading one of the later books in the series to get your head around the Discworld and all it's quirks before coming back to read this one.

Terry Pratchett had a legion of fans for his books before he died, and that fan base has grown since his passing in March 2015, two of the later books of the series have been turned into mini movies.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  15
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Your Comment
Just reading the plot makes me smile. It sounds marvellous.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 340 days ago
I ADORED Terry Pratchett’s wonderful writings, and have read, and collected, every book he wrote, including Granny Ogg’s Cookbook.
My first title was “The Wyrd Sisters” and I am very glad I began with that book, before “The Colour Of Magic”. Once you begin, there is no way you can stop the spell of Terry Pratchett’s magical words and fabulous worlds. Highest recommendations from hundred of thousands of Pratchett devotees across our very strange round world prove that we need more dragons, witches, and dwarf bread in our bland lives.
by fluffynut (score: 2|948) 340 days ago
Looks like one to add to my summer reading list
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|1732) 338 days ago
Top Events
Popular Articles