Book Review 122 // Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

Felt like I needed to have a refresh from Horus Heresy novels, so I picked up the next book in the Discworld series - Guards! Guards! This is the eighth title in the Discworld series and the First in the Nightwatch series. At 353 pages this was a title I did not want to end. But before we dive in let's get the commercial fluff out of the way:

This is where the dragons went. They lie ... not dead, not asleep, but ... dormant. And although the space they occupy isn't like normal space, nevertheless they are packed in tightly. They could put you in mind of a can of sardines if you thought sardines were huge and scaly. And presumably, somewhere, there's a key...

GUARDS! GUARDS! is the eighth Discworld novel - and after this, dragons will never be the same again

This novel was written way back in 1989, making it 32 years old! It is set in the main city of Ankh-Morpork and follows the downtrodden City Watch, whose main job is at midnight them yelling "All's Well". They also never catch anyone, as running too fast, can lead to trouble and even an arrest (God forbid)! Then one day a six-foot dwarf called Carrot joins the force (it is worth pointing he was adopted by a dwarf family and is in fact a human) and all that changes.

The novel is full of corrupt officials, secret societies and dragons! But this is Discworld so nothing is normal - we discover the power of books with the help of the Librarian and get to watch how summoning a dragon is maybe not the best plan. The comic value of the story is on point, it caused me to laugh out loud plenty of times but in true Pratchett style, he also manages to bring in real-world criticism that is all too on point, even 32 years later.

I highly recommend this novel to Discworld fans and new readers alike. It's light, humorous and a great jumping-on point. If you don't fall for one of the characters I will be shocked! Thanks for reading.

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