A very late post from me today to review Pyramids by Terry Pratchett, which is the 7th book in the Discworld series, but it can also be read as a standalone. It follows the son of the Pharaoh of a country that is clearly inspired by Egypt. He is sent to school in Ankh-Morpork to learn to be an assassin, and comes back a changed boy.
This is definitely a really fun book in the series, and one I think you could start with if you’re approaching Discworld for the first time. There are little pieces of information which will mean more if you’ve read the previous six books, but nothing essential. I enjoyed how the Gods were portrayed in this one, and how they were mixed into the events of the book itself.
It’s filled with all of Pratchett’s usual ridiculousness, with sneaky but surprisingly meaningful jokes littered throughout whilst discussing the state of the world, politics, and the people they impact. All in a short and hilarious bundle.
On CAWPILE I rated this: Characters: 7, Atmosphere: 7, Writing: 8, Plot: 9, Intrigue: 8, Logic: 8, and Enjoyment: 8 giving an average of 7.86 and a 4* rating.
This is yet another great book from Pratchett which shows his impressive skills as a writer and I’m glad that I have finally delved back into Discworld! Let’s just hope it doesn’t take me quite so long to read book 8.
Have you read any Discworld novels? Do you like them? Let me know!