Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett Review

I am slowly but surely making my way through the amazing Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. Guards! Guards! is the eighth in the series and the first to feature the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. Summary from Goodreads_


‘Ankh-Morpork citizens wish one huge firebreather would return from whence the unwelcome visitor came. Long believed extinct, the  superb specimen of draco nobilis has a nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path, and is soon crowned King.’

Guards Guards is a fantastic addition to the discworld universe. It follows Carrot, a human adopted by dwarfs who is obsessed with following the letter of the law, paperwork and being morally right. He joins the City Watch (which is meant to guard the city and the people but really does absolutely nothing) and meets Captain Vines, a drunk, Sergent Colon, who prefers desk duty to being out on the street and Coporal Nobbs, an idiot! Together they try to defend Ankh-Morpork against a Dragon attack and the possible return of the kings of old.

I enjoyed Guards! Guards!, although not as much as Wyrd Sisters although I think that is mainly due to my love of Granny Weatherwax. Carrot was my favourite character just because he was constantly arresting people and quoting the law at them and because he essentially lived in a brothel without realising it for the first half of the book. The book was witty, sharp and funny – although I don’t reccomend it as a first book if you’re starting Discworld. I don’t really have many complaints about the book, although for some reason I didn’t enjoy it as much as others maybe because it jumped around so much from the Night Watch, to the Patrician, to the secret brotherhood summoning the dragon – I think this made the story feel quite disjointed. Still its a great book if you’re a fan of Pratchett or Discworld

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