Book Review: The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

This title, which launched the legendary Discworld series, introduces the tourist Twoflower and his wizard guide, Rincewind. Part of a reissue of the first three Discworld books, this novel includes an overview of the fantasy land, with a map, visitor’s guide, and Pratchett crossword puzzle.

  • Review: The Color of Magic
  • Series: Discworld #1
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • No of Pages: 240
  • Release Date: September 13th 2005

What’s happening?

The first of the Discworld novels, introduces the grand world in which the disc is carried. We also meet Rincewind, a wizard who has dreamed of being a wizard his entire life but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. We meet the anthropomorphic personification of Death, Twoflower and the Luggage as well as a full cast of other great people that we begin to love throughout the Discworld Series.

Rincewind is a wizard, he even has Wizzard spelled on his hat. But he has issues, many issues. One of them is making sure he stays alive at all costs but since he met Rincewind as illustrated by Paul Kidby in The ...Twoflower and the Luggage it’s gotten a bit difficult. First Rincewind’s eyes go all shiney when he sees the amount of gold that Twoflower has brought over with him. Rincewind chokes while trying to tell Twoflower that, sure, of course that’s plenty of money, so Twoflower assuming that he has offended Rincewind decides to give him even more money just so Rincewind can show him the sites of Ankh Morpork.

What’s funny is these two get to see a lot more than they ever bargained for, all the while Twoflower is absolutely loving life while Rincewind is cursing the day he laid his eyes on all of that gold. The journey is epic and will take them to the edge of the Discworld and beyond!

My thoughts:

Want more Terry Pratchett? List of Discworld Novels in multiple orders of recommended reading. As uproariously funny as this can be, I don’t think it’s Terry Pratchett’s best. My favorite series is with Sam Vimes, I have a Guards, Guards book review that you can check out and if you like that you’ll love the rest of the Night Watch Series. Besides, who doesn’t love Sam Vimes?  I think that is a great one to go with if you’re just starting.

This is however a great start to the wonderful Discworld series and as I said above the characters that are introduced you will love to see in many books to come! I’m actually sad that we haven’t seen a Rincewind novel in a while but I also need to reread the entire series so I may have missed where he ended up, or landed as he is always in the air.


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  4. =Tamar · · Reply

    To keep up with Rincewind, read the Science of Discworld books. They pick up his adventures after The Last Continent and The Last Hero.

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