Lords and Ladies is the fourteenth book in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. My son, as regular readers will know, is working his way through the Discworld series as his reading project for school. He reads me ten pages every day and Lords and Ladies has to be one of our favourites so far.
This is one of the books about the witches and is set just as the three witches, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick get back from their last adventure, which was chronicled in Witches Abroad.
Now home in Lancre, Magrat is due to marry King Verrence, the ex-jester of Lancre who became king in the book Wyrd Sisters. In the run up to the wedding, Granny and Nanny become aware of activities around a stone circle known as The Dancers, and an unfortunate incident with a young witch in waiting called Diamanda who has been up at the stones, consorting with elves.
In this book, elves are not the nice, fae folk of fairy tale, they are ruthless and scheming and bent on taking over Lancre for themselves. Granny is determined that they will not win, but with premonitions of her own death looming, she is a little distracted.
The book is massive amounts of fun to read. Oscar particularly enjoyed it as it also included the wizards from Unseen University in Ankh Morpork who are in Lancre to celebrate the royal wedding. It also has guest appearances from the Librarian and the dwarf Casanunda. He was delighted to find characters he knows and loves popping up all over the place. It also bears more than a passing resemblance, plot wise, to Midsummer Night’s Dream, and he felt particularly clever when he recognised this.
We thoroughly enjoyed this chapter in the Discworld history, to the point where he would quite often read over his ten pages a day to me, because he was just desperate to find out what happened next.
As ever, this is really a book for teens. It contains the usual amount of swearing, innuendo and references to sex that you would expect from Pratchett.