Witches Abroad

Witches Abroad

Discworld Series, Book 12

eBook - 2010
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'No one mixes the fantastical and mundane to better comic effect or offers sharper insights into the absurdities of modern endeavour' Daily Mail

The Discworld is very much like our own - if our own were to consist of a flat planet balanced on the back of four elephants which stand on the back of a giant turtle, that is . . .

Fairy godmothers develop a very deep understanding about human nature, which makes the good ones kind and the bad ones powerful.

Inheriting a fairy godmother role seemed an easy job . . . After all, how difficult could it be to make sure that a servant girl doesn't marry a prince?

Quite hard, actually, even for the witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick. That's the problem with real life – it tends to get in the way of a good story, and a good story is hard to resist.

Servant girls have to marry the prince, whether they want to or not. You can't fight a Happy Ending, especially when it comes with glass slippers and a rival Fairy Godmother who has made Destiny an offer it can't refuse.
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The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Witches Abroad is the third book in the Witches series.

Publisher: Transworld

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hadlock
Jun 24, 2020

Witch Magrat Garlick is left a fairy godmother's wand by a dead fairy godmother with specific instructions that Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax should not go with her to Genua, but that doesn't work. As they travel by broomstick, they encounter people in various fairy tales as well as a riverboat gambler and some dwarfs. They change things wherever they land, and Magrat has pumpkin trouble with her godmother wand. They get to Genua, finding it laboring under various fairy story expectations. There is a woman who practices voodoo. As well as Granny's sister who uses mirrors for her magic--who is the good witch and who is the bad witch?

This book is good!

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Mandatory_0
May 06, 2020

I loved this one!

IndyPL_JosephL Nov 05, 2019

Out of all the Witches books of the larger Discworld canon, I think this one engaged me the least. Following the misadventures of Nanny, Granny, and Magrat is always good for a laugh but they felt a lot more typecast this time around as they lean into and openly acknowledge their roles as Maiden, Mother, and Crone. That issue paired with the story being a basic but classic mixed-up fairy tale also didn't help since such stories are a dime-a-dozen these days--though that's more a fault with me as a reader than the story itself.

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ClaireG_1
Jun 08, 2019

I really enjoyed this book, for its humour, its characters (gotta love those witches), and its fairytale-related plot. I think it's my favourite out of the Discworld series so far and I would definitely read it again!

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baldimom
May 28, 2017

Anyone else having problems with the links to footnotes in the ePub version? Just checked this out and I'm super frustrated already. Would switch to a print copy, but I guess KCLS doesn't have one. Aargh!

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RogueJen
Aug 31, 2016

Witches Abroad was my introduction to Discworld and continues to be one of my favorite Discworld novels. The witches themselves are delightful, and the tension between witches and godmothers enjoyable.

ChristchurchLib Nov 23, 2015

Humorous Fantasy. Rival fairy godmothers Desiderata Hollows and Lady Lilith de Tempscire have radically different destinies in mind for their godchild Emberella, a servant girl of Genua who will one day marry a prince (or not, if Desiderata has her way). Although Desiderata's sudden death suggests that Lilith's love of happily-ever-after (no matter what) will prevail, an emergency intervention on the part of witches Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg ensures that nothing goes to plan -- anyone's plan. Although it's the 12th book in the late Terry Pratchett's phenomenally popular Discworld series, Witches Abroad stands on its own. Fantasy newsletter November 2015

neko Aug 22, 2009

Meet a good witch and an evil witch, toss in a cat, and relatives and you are off on another adventure.

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bookherder
Jun 12, 2008

My favourite of the '3 Witches' books.

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bookherder
Jun 12, 2008

The 3 Witches take a tour through fairy-tale land, ending up in a magic kingdom ruled by Granny Weatherwax's sister, and opposed by a voodoo queen

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