- Author: Terry Pratchett
- Series: Discworld #5
- Genre: Fantasy/Comedy
- No. of pages: 317
- Year Published: 1987
- Dates read: 03.09.19 – 10.09.19
- Rating: 4 stars
- Challenge: ONTD Challenge September Theme, “Read a comic novel”.
Tʜᴇʀᴇ’s ɴᴏ ᴊᴜsᴛɪᴄᴇ, ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ’s ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴍᴇ.– Death
Plot: Henceforth, Death is no longer going to be the end, merely the means to an end. It’s an offer Mort can’t refuse. As Death’s apprentice he’ll have free board, use of the company horse – and being dead isn’t compulsory. It’s a dream job – until he discovers that it can be a killer on his love life…
I was really looking forward to reading a book about Death ever since his appearance in The Light Fantastic. I thought he was a really fun and such an intense character but he just subverted all expectations I had about him. I found him incredibly lovable and entertaining. Get this man a cat!
I also really liked Princess Keli, I loved her confidence and her steadfastness. Her ability to stay positive and defiant in tough circumstances was really good as well.
Mort was an OK protagonist. I didn’t hate him but I felt he was overshadowed by the supporting characters such as Princess Keli’s obnoxiousness or Death’s charisma. I didn’t really connect with Mort like I had hoped to just because he was not as interesting as the characters around him.
Like with all Discworld novels, the world-building is incredible! I loved exploring all the facets that come with being Death, from how they figured out who was going to die next to how they actually collected the souls. It was so imaginative and a really interesting process to experience.
This book, like with all Discworld novels, was incredibly funny. I loved all the interactions between various characters, the dialogue is impeccable. Pratchett is just so incredibly witty!
Compared to Equal Rites which I read recently, I felt the plot was a lot more structured and I found myself invested in the plot and the characters a lot more in this novel than I did in his last one. The story felt like there was more planning and structuring involved in terms of the progression of the plot and character arcs.
I find with most of my Discworld reviews that they all sound the same as Pratchett is a pretty consistent writer. He has great world building, hilarious dialogue and incredibly entertaining characters and I stand by those statements every time.
He was determined to discover the underlying logic behind the universe.– Pratchett
Which was going to be hard, because there wasn’t one.
The next book I will be reviewing is The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. I am so excited to read this! I heard loads of people hype up this series and now it’s being turned into an TV Show so I had to read it!