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Title: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
This is the sequel to The Color of Magic (which I reviewed earlier). The story picks up right where the previous book left off, in the middle of the adventures of Rincewind (a wizard) and Twoflower (a wealthy tourist). The two protagonists encounter Cohen the Barbarian, escape a murderous mob of end-of-the-world zealots, and have to deal with a power-hungry wizard. Oh, and save the world.
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 love the bit about Shoup! I’ve also come to admire the Luggage much more, as his loyalty to his owner continues on through the story. Throughout the book, Rincewind is trying to keep from dying, while Twoflower thinks it is the best vacation he’s ever been on. As you can imagine, this is the perfect setup for some rather comical interplay between the two.
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.)
I recommend The Light Fantastic to readers who enjoy off-the-wall, humorous fantasy.
- 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)