Maskerade is the eighteenth book in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. My son, Oscar has just finished reading it to me. It says something about his enjoyment of this one that there was more than one occasion when he read over his daily ten pages without even noticing, and he was so desperate to find out what happened he was almost late for school when he was reading the final chapter to me.
Maskerade brings back the witches, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, as well as Nanny’s evil cat, Greebo. This time they are on the road again, going from Lancre to Ankh Morpork to find out what has happened to one of their own, a young woman called Agnes Nitt, who tired of Lancre, has gone off to be an opera singer instead.
Sub plots abound, with Nanny’s cookbook making a surprise hit, and the Watch popping up, along with one of our absolute favourite characters, The Librarian.
The actual plot is a riot of in jokes about the nature of theatre and opera in particular and a some wonderful puns on the greats of musical theatre. There are a great many jokes here, and Pratchett seems to have a whole lot of fun writing it. Almost as much as we had reading it.
This is one of my favourite Discworld books and it was a real pleasure to share it with my son. Recommended to teen readers for the usual reasons, i.e. it can be a bit sweaty and this one is rather laden with innuendos. Excellent stuff!