Equal Rites (Discworld Series #3)

Equal Rites (Discworld Series #3)

by Terry Pratchett

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In Equal Rites, New York Times bestselling author Terry Pratchett brings readers back to Discworld, a fantasy universe where anything can happen—and usually does.

A dying wizard tries to pass his staff on to the eighth son of an eighth son. When it is revealed that the he is a girl named Esk, the news of the  female wizard sends the citizens of Discworld into a tail-spin.

With their biting satire and limitless imagination, it is easy to understand why 80 million Discworld books have been sold worldwide. Equal Rites possesses rich characterizations, a journey of awareness, and even a hint of romance from master storyteller Terry Pratchett.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062225696
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Series: Discworld Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 50,731
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.


Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England


Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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Equal Rites 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 147 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chapters are out of place and we cannot figure them out. Waste of money. :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review is specifically for the nook edition. It appears to have gotten mixed up in converting to nook. The last few chapters are displaced to the middle, which made it very confusing to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page 49 of the Nook edition suddenly skips to the final few chapters of the book, not returning until page 114. Irritating.
LATeachCO More than 1 year ago
If you are intrigued by Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, but don't know where to start; I would start with this one. When I read it the first time, I began waiting impatiently for the next and the next and the next book. In this book we are introduced to the perceived difference between male and female magic, several important settings, and some characters and ideas that flow through all the books. Besides, it is just TOO much fun to miss and doesn't require any background knowledge of Discworld to love every minute of it.
jpmedusa More than 1 year ago
It's a good read just by itself, nice and clean storyline, not too cluttered with extra characters and tangents. I love the thinly veiled commentary on traditional gender roles! Pratchett writes such realistic female characters, I have met a few Granny Weatherwaxes in my time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much and periodically reread it. I've given it as a gift and recommend it to friends -- as well as buyers.
polarbear123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pratchett gets even better with the third instalment of the Discworld series. I thought I would miss Twoflower and Rincewind however the story of Esk and Granny Weatherwax captivated me from the very beginning. The pace is fast and the writing concise and full of imagination and clever puns and observations which still hold relevance today, surprisingly even though this was written in 1987. First class stuff and I will have to keep on reading through the series now!
mjmorrison1971 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Third of the Discworld Series & introduces us to the Witches. The book itself is very much a reflection on the way women have (and still are) treated. The book is a good laugh, and we see the role that women have played in societies as the first line of medical and personal care.
kaylol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Granny in unfamiliar territory - the unseen university!
love2laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, but not nearly as punny as some of the others. Quick & fun.
PandorasRequiem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third installment in The Discworld Series, this book mainly centers around Eskarina; the 8th child of an 8th child; who is visited by a dying Wizard on his deathbed and given a magical wizard's staff and foretold that she will become a Wizard. Unfortunately, this takes place before it is known that she is in fact FEMALE, and much trouble ensues because of that overlooked fact. This book also contains the first appearance of Granny Weatherwax, arguably one of the best-drawn Witches in Fantasy today.What started out as an interesting premise for a story with some rather hilarious episodes in the conversations and teachings of Granny and Esk, soon seemed to be rather stretched thin towards the end. I am a big fan of Discworld and Terry Pratchett himself, but this book paled in comparison with the first two in the series. I didn't find it nearly as funny as the first two, and apart from Granny, I found the characters to be only half-drawn and lacking in interest for the most part. The ending as well felt a bit anti-climactic given the amount of time and energy it took to get to that point.
jnicholson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A tale of Discworld feminism. Here we meet the witches of the Ramtops for the first time, as Eskarina Smith, 8th daughter of an 8th son, struggles to fulfil her destiny and become a wizard. A worthwhile read, but better was soon to come from the pen of Terry Pratchett.
isabelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a dying wizard accidentally passes on his staff (and therefore his powers) to a baby girl called Eskarina, it rocks the status quo. Only men can be wizards, whose magic comes from the sky, while only women can be witches whose magic comes from the earth (the witches sneer at the mention of warlocks).A story about the need for traditions to change with the times rather than being set in stone eternally.
Alan_Dawson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first appearance of Granny and what an appearance! I just loved how she acted, especially in the motherly guidance to help Eskarina. Oh i love the sibling rivalry and what esk does, but i wont spoil it for you, you will understand as soon as you read it. Hope you enjoy as i did
drbubbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wanted it to be more than it was: the humor was fine but I wanted the story fleshed out more, and perhaps treated a tad more seriously.
ChrisRiesbeck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Third time's the charm. This is the Discworld book where things clicked into place, the first with Granny Weatherwax, and I believe Pratchett's first book featuring a juvenile hero(ine). I think these things are connected. Rincewind in the first two books was a buffoon who drove the story along fantasy spoofing lines. Granny and Eskarina are competent agents, at the opposite ends of the timeline. Granny is mature and respected -- at least in her village -- and Eskarina is young and under-appreciated. These are characters that both writer and reader want to see succeed because of who they are, not because comic plots demand a happy ending. And one you start writing sympathetic main characters, you have to start adding some sympathetic grace notes to the secondary characters as well. Others have noted with disappointment that Esk has not (yet) been featured in another Discworld novel. But to some extent, I think she has in the Tiffany Aching series. Recommended.
neverlistless on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first Pratchett book and it did not disappoint. It tells the story of Eskarina (Esk), a young girl who has the power and the will to become a wizard in a world where women just are not wizards. Granny Weatherwax, a town witch, takes Esk under her wings to teach her the world of witchcraft, but it's just not enough.Esk then finds her way to the Unseen University where wizards are trained. Think a prequal to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - wonderfully fantastic. Will she be allowed to become a wizard? After a struggle with the powers that be, we find out.
adharrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Equal Rites is the story of the young girl Esk who finds out she was born a wizard. This is odd because everyone knows girls just can't be wizards. Even so, she is a wizard so she fights the establishment and learns to be a wizard anyway.It is impossible not to fall in love with this story. Though it does involve some more serious themes like women¿s rights and gender roles in society it manages to do it in a non overbearing way.This book could be used in the classroom as a light stepping stone into more serious subjects such as women¿s rights or just civil liberties in general. It is also just an enjoyable read and could be used to encourage reading in younger students. The strong female characters are every bit as encouraging to young girls as Harry Potter is to young boys.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Equal Rites involves Esk, a young girl who wants to become a wizard. She's the eighth daughter of an eighth son, and comes equipped with a wizard's staff and Granny Weatherwax to Unseen University. I thought it was a solid novel, though I wish it didn't end so quickly - a few more things could have been better explained and developed. I wish we could see more of Simon and Esk, though I hear she may be making a cameo in the last Aching book!
KevlarRelic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about gender differences and magic. Thankfully gender stereotypes are avoided. It all comes together into a fun yarn in the end. It helps that this is one of my favorite types of stories, where the unassuming young person discovers they are really good at something, and rises to the top of that field despite all the doubters and odds against them. (Ender's Game, Harry Potter, and Dune to name a few.)
flipside3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the Discworld series. I'm slowly working through the series, with the help of the library next door to my office. This book has more fun with the magic of Discworld, and the gender politics of its magic users.The ending was a bit of a jumbled mess, but that was probably the point. I can see this as setting up people, places, and events for use in the future books. The humor was as sharp and witty as ever.
JFBallenger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This third book in the Discworld series was a major step forward for Pratchett. His first two books (The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic) were masterful comic parodies of the fantasy genre. But in focusing on gender relations and discrimination, this book, while as wildly inventive and entertaining as the first two, marked his emergence as a major social satirist.
comfypants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first two books (this is the 3rd), but still great. The main characters were all new, and not nearly as entertaining as Rincewind or the luggage, but I'll still look forward to reading more books about them.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You get to meet Granny Weatherwax in this book, though the rest of the witches don't come in until later volumes. The writing still isn't quite as good as the later books, but I definitely enjoyed this. The story line where the witches are the major characters continues in Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies, Maskerade, Carpe Jugulum, and in the Tiffany Aching series.
stephmo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The eighth son of the eighth son is destined to become a wizard - simple enough formula, right? Unless you're an impatient wizard on the verge of death unwilling to listen to the midwife who is trying to help you avoid the embarrassment of passing along your wizardry rights to a baby girl. But such is the danger of assumption and this is how Esk's destiny is decided the day she's born. Nevermind that everyone is quite sure that it's all bunk - since everyone knows there's no such thing as a girl wizard. But as things go, the witch that knows all things magic, Granny Weatherwax, eventually has to admit that they need to travel to Unseen University and figure out how to control her quickly developing powers, even if it's impossible for a girl to get in through the two traditional methods of entry. Now, if only the entire of existence weren't hanging in the balance when they get there...Pratchett manages to weave not just a tale of the lore of wizardry on Disc World, but one of existence in general - a sort of philosophy within a philosophy with an overreaching philosophy sort of thing. With laughs. And quite a bit about hats.