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Here’s the first review of 2018. It’s a short one

 

The Fifth Elephant – Terry Pratchett

It’s been a while since I read this one – and I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed it. That said it’s not the best of the Discworld books, but I can’t quite put my finger on why.  Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld and 5th City Watch book, with my favourite character – Sam Vimes. When Sir Samuel Vimes is sent as Ambassador to the coronation of the new Dwarven King what could possibly go wrong? For a start, he is in the middle of investigating the theft of a Dwarven artefact and the murder of a manufacturer of ‘rubber’ goods. Then there is politics – possibly the biggest crime of all. Dwarven Faction wars, racial tensions, werewolves, vampires, assassins and more. It’s a normal day at the office for the Watch.

It’s a fun read, with a lot of Pratchett’s sharp wit, clever worldbuilding, and awesome characters. It does meander a little in places, though.  Even so I’d recommend for fantasy readers. As it’s exciting and full of action.

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