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The Light Fantastic is the sequel to The Color of Magic, which I reviewed earlier. This book picks up the story where the previous book left off, in the middle of the adventures of Rincewind (a wizard) and Twoflower (a wealthy tourist). There are some new characters in this book, who add a bit of fun to the story. Cohen, the aging hero, is quite entertaining. I’ve also come to admire the Luggage much more, as his loyalty to his owner continues on through the story.
The story basically boils down to Rincewind and Twoflower going on an epic adventure, though one man is trying to keep from dying, while the other thinks it is the best vacation he’s ever been on. A strong parallel story is the jockeying of wizards for positions of power, which enters into the spotlight more at the very end.
I certainly enjoyed the book and have had fun getting to the know the characters better. Like the previous book, the action and characters are all over the place. It can get a little confusing, but I still think the overall story is charming. (My husband tells me that the Discworld really starts to come into clearer focus around the third or fourth book.)
So…will you give it a go? Have you already read it? If so, what did you think?
- Some rude language.
- Several references to things of a sexual nature.
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Until next time…
OTHER THE LIGHT FANTASTIC POSTS:
- The Color of Magic – TV Mini-Series 2008 (includes the story of The Light Fantastic)