DiscworlD: The novels
“Discworld isn’t a series, it’s more a state of mind” – Terry Pratchett
The Discworld was Terry Pratchett’s greatest creation and his life’s work. over an amazing 40 ( soon- to- be 41) novels, he explored a flat world carried on the back of four elephants that stand atop a giant space- faring turtle. And yet this wasn’t just an absurd fantasy realm – the Discworld often mirrored our own, the problems his cast of trolls, goblins, wizards and gods encountered often the same as ours. hell, even Death sometimes needed to take a holiday… here’s your guide to every novel in the series, from 1983’ s The Colour Of Magic, to the forthcoming The Shepherd’s Crown.
The LighT FanTasTic ( 1986)
In a turtle shell: A direct sequel to the first book. rincewind is reunited with Twoflower as the Discworld heads towards a cosmic calamity.
“if i had stayed in the same environment of The Colour Of
Magic and The Light Fantastic the whole time, people would say to me, ‘ whatever happened to Terry Pratchett?!’”
MorT ( 1987)
In a turtle shell: Death takes the lead when he hires a young apprentice. This is a great starting point for new readers – and the moment Discworld series starts to strut.
still one of Pratchett’s most popular novels, Mort has been adapted for comics, radio, stage and even turned into a German- language musical.
The coLour oF Magic ( 1983)
In a turtle shell: where it all began. incompetent wizard rincewind guides tourist Twoflower around the city of Ankh- Morpork – and ends up on a magical adventure.
“The Colour Of Magic is the stand- up comic of fantasy – there’s never been one in fantasy before, it’s so humourless.”
equaL riTes ( 1987)
In a turtle shell: Granny weatherwax makes her debut and helps female wizard esk enter the male- dominated Unseen University.
“People say, ‘ i know someone like Granny!’ The reader is inserting that person into the story. A great deal of character work lies in describing the shape that they leave in the world.”
sourcery ( 1988)
In a turtle shell: rincewind returns for a more traditional comic fantasy adventure than the previous two books. nijel the Destroyer is an immediately pleasing addition to Disc- lore.
“Sourcery marked the boundary. The books before that were ‘ old Discworld’; the books after were ‘ new Discworld.’ The same place, but by a better writer.”