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A Female Wizard? NEVER!
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2019
Like most Terry Pratchett stories this one is well-plotted and very strange. Equal Rites addresses the issue of the very first female wizard on Discworld. (Q: You mean "witch", not "wizard". Right? A: Nope, wizard.) That's the gist of it - females could be witches, but NEVER wizards; it is "against the lore". The story is fun to read, but I found myself plowing through more long passages of Discworldian (is that a word?) magic theory and philosophy than are in other Discworld tales. It struck me that possibly Mr. Pratchett wrote the story, discovered that it was too short for the publisher, and then went back and added a bunch of pertinent filler. I do not want to discourage anyone from reading this book; it is well worth the read. Just prepare yourself for some plowing or skimming (as you are led).