Though my least favorite in the City Watch series so far, it is still a great addition. The plot wasn’t too interesting, and I disliked the exclusion of some characters; however, the pacing was great, there were some great scenes that had me laughing, and I seriously enjoyed Nobby as a woman. Even though I didn’t enjoy this particular novel in the series as much as some people, I am really looking forward to the last couple of City Watch novels.
A small island appears halfway between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch and of course both sides want to claim it. Peaceful discussions make a turn for the worse when, while visiting Ankh-Morpork, a prince of Klatch was nearly assassinated. War seems to be the only answer for both the island and the attempted murder of the prince.
“Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.”
Though I enjoyed the book quite a bit, it wasn’t as good as the other three in the City Watch series. Honestly, I found the plot (dealing with nationalism, racism, and war) to be mostly uninteresting and didn’t like the exclusion of many characters. It also wasn’t quite as funny as the other books; sure there were many instances in which I laughed aloud and several great jokes but it just wasn’t on par with the previous books. Don’t get me wrong; the book still had a ton of memorable moments, I just think it was the overarching plot that was diminishing my enjoyment.
I did enjoy the pacing of the book at least and didn’t find it to be confusing or anything; however, I did find it to be a bit predictable. This time I was able to guess who was behind the assassination attempt and who wanted to start the war. This took away a bit of the mystery of which I continually look forward to.
“It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.”
This is by no means a bad book; its a great one! Just not for me. I’m sure thousands of people will love this one as much as the others but I just felt like something was missing.
OMG! We get to see another country! I couldn’t believe it! It was so fascinating to learn all about Klatch and its people. I hope in future books we get to learn more about Klatch and even other countries as well. However, there isn’t anything too original about it though. Just a huge piece of desert land in which the people dress exactly how you think they would and they go around riding camels. Kind of uninteresting actually but it was a nice change of pace to be somewhere other the Ankh-Morpork.
So I was a bit upset that the female characters don’t have much of a role in this one. Cheery is mostly nonexistent and Angua only shows up in bits and pieces, though it was fascinating to have Angua and Nobby talk more to each other. Their conversations were hilarious. I was also upset that one of the newest members of the watch didn’t have a role in this one.
“The intelligence of that creature known as a crowd is the square root of the number of people in it.”
Most of the characters are pretty well developed by now. Vimes is still good old Vimes and Carrot can still surprise just about anyone. Colon is now growing on me a bit more and Nobby is absolutely hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing when he had to wear a female disguise and become Beti. He really enjoyed getting in touch with his female side. 🙂 This was one of my favorite parts of the book; I only wish there would have been more.
Great as always! 🙂
I like the cover and how it depicts the two sides going to war. There are not any blurbs on the front which is great! Though, again, there is no book number, which would really help to identify where this one fits within the series. 😦