Book Review – The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett

First published, 1983

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The story follows Rincewind, a failed wizard, and wealthy tourist, Twoflower, as they navigate the Discworld (which sit on the backs of four elephants, carried by a giant turtle) with a loyal and snappy treasure chest which travels on multiple running feet.

During their adventures, Rincewind and Twoflower contend with mercenaries, water trolls, the edge of the world, and Death himself. But can the plucky pair survive all those who wish them harm? And when did the treasury chest last eat?

I enjoyed the humour in this, the first of the Discworld novels. It took me longer than I would have liked to get used to the rhythm of the writing, but I’m sure that’s just me. I’ve been spoilt by novels with an excess of commas. However, I really liked this first story. I’ve grown up with Terry Pratchett quotes so it’s about time I learnt where they came from. An excellent introduction to the universe.