- Review: Pyramids
- Series: Disc World
- Author: Terry Pratchett
- No of Pages: 352
- Release Date: July 31st, 2001
It’s bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn’t a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he’s been trained at Ankh-Morpork’s famed assassins’ school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun. First, there’s the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad — a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit, betrayal – not to mention a headstrong handmaiden – at the heart of his realm. —
In Pyramids, the seventh book in the Disc World Series we meet Teppic, prince of the tiny kingdom of Djelibeybi. He has recently graduated from the Assassin’s Guild in Ankh-Morpork when he suddenly has the urge to get home. His father has died and he must take over a kingdom that he never really wanted to take over, and certainly didn’t know much about. Teppic is not one to follow the rules and is a thorn in the High Priest’s Dios’ side who does not in fact allow Teppic to make any decisions. Teppic decides since Dios has everything under control he will escape, and that’s about the time when all hell breaks loose.
Very Pratchett! Although you don’t find a lot of the normal characters that you’ve started getting used to if you’ve been reading these in order. Although Pyramids is partly in Ankh-Morpork you rarely run into anyone that you’ve met from previous books. All of Terry Pratchett’s books can stand alone but this one really does a fine job of it.
The characters in this book, like all of Pratchett’s book, either really get my blood boiling or make me want to stand up and cheer. I’m not a fan of the High Priest Dios and just wish that Teppic would DO something about him, but seeing as Teppic does not want to rule over anyone, he’s put in between a rock and a hard place and decides it would be easier to just leave it all behind him. This is a book about religion, beliefs and all the misconceptions that can be had in between. Uproariously good time will be had by all while reading!
“The trouble with life was that you didn”t get a chance to practice before doing it for real.” ~Terry Pratchett, Pyramids
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