Discworld · Terry Pratchett · Young Adult

Feet of Clay (Discworld #19; City Watch #3) by Terry Pratchett

~Review~

Plot

In Feet of Clay, two unseemingly related murders may be related, golems are causing problems, and the Patrician has been poisoned but is currently still alive. It is up to the members of the watch to figure out what the hell is going on.

‘Sorry?’ said Carrot. If it’s just a thing, how can it commit murder? A sword is a thing’ – he drew his own sword; it made an almost silken sound – ‘and of course you can’t blame a sword if someone thrust it at you, sir.’

I really enjoyed the plot of this book, maybe more than the previous or about the same, and it kept me guessing until the very end. I thought I knew who did it and what was causing the Patrician to be poisoned but I was wrong every time. I loved how unpredictable the novel was! It was also perfectly paced and utterly hilarious. There were so many times I was caught laughing out loud. I tend not to find books funny but these just are. I also thought the amount of detail was spot on and never once found myself needing to skip ahead. I was engrossed in the story from the very beginning.

By now, the new members of the watch are  settling into their places and everyone is starting to work together much more effectively and another dwarf is recruited at the beginning of this one, Cheery Littlebottom. This dwarf is awesome and I love the secret he hides and what it may do to the watch in future books. At the end of the novel another watch member is recruited and I also look forward to what he does.

“There were no public health laws in Ankh-Morpork. It would be like installing smoke detectors in Hell.” 

There were quite a few themes present throughout the entire novel; the main theme being what makes a human a human? This is a huge part of the novel and comes up quite often in regards to the golems. I just love how Carrot defends them! So sweet!

World Building

We actually get to explore just a tiny bit of the street in which Vimes grew up! This was fantastic! There are also several other places around the city in which the members of the watch visit including a very nasty river that Colon unfortunately finds himself swimming in. We also get to meet a vampire which was neat as well as learning all about the golems!

Characters

I seriously cannot get enough of these characters; they are all awesome and unique. I just love Angua and really hope she stays with the watch.  The fear she instills in everyone just by walking next to them or even giving them a nice little smile is hilarious. She is currently worried about being a werewolf in a large city and may end up leaving the watch but I just wouldn’t be able to cope if she left. :/ Her conversations with Littlebottom are just great!

“Samuel Vimes dreamed about Clues. He had a jaundiced view of Clues. He instinctively distrusted them. They got in the way. And he distrusted the kind of person who’d take one look at another man and say in a lordly voice to his companion, “Ah, my dear sir, I can tell you nothing except that he is a left-handed stonemason who has spent some years in the merchant navy and has recently fallen on hard times,” and then unroll a lot of supercilious commentary about calluses and stance and the state of a man’s boots, when exactly the same comments could apply to a man who was wearing his old clothes because he’d been doing a spot of home bricklaying for a new barbecue pit, and had been tattooed once when he was drunk and seventeen and in fact got seasick on a wet pavement. What arrogance! What an insult to the rich and chaotic variety of the human experience!” 

Carrot is just as serious yet hilarious as ever and Vimes is well…just Vimes and I love him for it. He is smart, yet not, and just downright cranky. I adore his personality and everything he does for the watch. The newest character, Cheeky Littlebottom, is a great addition to the crew! Cheeky gives us a little bit more information into the world of dwarfs and I love Cheeky’s personality. Cheeky also makes a lot of the other members of the watch a bit uncomfortable throughout the novel and this was just freaking hilarious! The only character I’m still not too sure of is Colon but he is really growing on me. He has a fairly large part in this book which I think helps but it would be nice to get to know him just a little bit more.

“Who watches the Watch? I wonder?” “Oh, That’s easy, sir. We watch one another.” 

A new golem character is introduced in this book as well and I just love him. I can’t wait to get to know more! I expect he will have some part in future novels. 🙂

Writing

Just as witty and perfect as ever! 🙂

Cover

I adore the cover to this one! It really fits with the book! The title is also great! The only problem I have is that it only says it is “A Discworld novel”, which doesn’t help much when there are so many. It would be nice to have a sub-series name and series numbers to help with identification.

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