Old women being burned alive by a couple of greedy siblings, wolves taking over your relative’s bed, they are full of challenging takes on gender, class and sexuality. This theme came across both very unsubtlety in the text and rather nicely in the story itself. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I’d be inclined to agree about what you said about Nanny. The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Witches Abroad is the third book in the Witches series. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Greebo then makes his way down to the kitchens, where Mrs Pleasant, the castle cook, gives him food. By logging in to LiveJournal using a third-party service you accept LiveJournal's User agreement. One to think about perhaps when I am writing about one of his later novels). Having given the wand to Magrat, she effectively makes Magrat the new fairy godmother to a young woman called Emberella, who lives across the Disc in Genua. Magrat throws the wand into a river, to be lost forever. The fabric of reality is thin on the Discworld and can be easily shaped by such emotions as belief. The willow reinforcing in her witches' hat saves her, however. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Again though this is a personal gripe not a ‘professional’ one. Lilith can’t see this, or refuses to, hence her self-absorption with her mirrors. Registered office: 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 2SA UK. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. The Witches - A parody of magic and monsters often based around fairy tales. Mrs Gogol, Saturday's lover and mother of Ella, wants to put Saturday back on the throne but as he is technically dead this is seen as wrong. Lilith is Ella's fairy godmother, and is manipulating events so she and the Duc are married on Samedi Nuit Mort, the last night of the Mardi Gras festival. This study guide contains the following sections: Plot Summary ; Chapters; Characters; Symbols and Symbolism. One minor quibble is they could have got to Genua quicker because everything that happens before is comic whimsy without any major plot happening. Can’t agree here. She’s pretty much the puppetmaster in Maskerade, dragging a gloomy Granny to Ankh-Morpork and solving what is going on through her unique charm. It is at this time that Magrat finds out that Emberella has two fairy godmothers, Magrat and Lilith. Otherwise it’s just a cage. At this point it is revealed that Lilith is actually Lily, Granny Weatherwax's older sister. Witches Abroad begins with the death of Desiderata Hallow, a Fairy Godmother, who leaves her magic wand and position to Magrat – making her the Fairy Godmother to Emberella; a young witch who lives in Genua (a country on the other side of the Discworld). Lilith gets her power from mirrors, the theory being that if one mirror can steal a soul, then two mirrors facing each other can amplify power and reflect it back. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Granny realises that Lilith is using the Cinderella story to bring Ella and the Duc together, and they set off to stop Ella going to the ball. At that moment, Mrs Gogol's huge and mysterious cockerel, Legba, arrives and guides Ella to the relative safety of the swamp. Mrs Gogol knows as much as Granny, however, and Granny is forced to admit that Lilith is in fact her sister. Meanwhile, Magrat has found Ella in her home. Granny senses a weak pint in the story, and is able to smash the glass slipper before it can be collected. I also liked how we got to see what Granny Whetherwax would be like if she did try openly helping people instead of doing her grumpy, Victorian disciplinary godmother act all the time. ”. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Many of his Discworld books have touched upon their power and the danger within them. Seriously this scene evoked some very powerful images and is right up there with the “THIS IS NOT MY COW” scene in ‘Thud!’ in terms of sheer awesomeness. Sadly, Desiderata does not give Magrat any instruction on the use of the wand, so pretty much anything that Magrat points it at becomes a pumpkin. : Two things here, firstly there’s a personal gripe that’s the same as last time, where I found it bugging that the right thing must always be done even when it’s not pleasant. Granny Weatherwax, one of the witches, is one of the most well-loved characters within the series. : My absolute favorite scene in the book was the ‘summoning’ of the metaphorical & semi-literal Force of Nature. However, Pratchett is writing so sharply at present that even the wheels spinning in his plotting are enjoyable. The power he has been given renders him practically invincible and Lilith's magic has no effect. Stories can be created and shaped by the magically inclined, and in the far away land of Genua Lilith de Tempscire, the evil witch of the tale, is turning the whole country into a giant fairy tale. Among the summaries and analysis available for Witches Abroad, there are 1 Short Summary and 3 Book Reviews. Sorry, but I couldn’t walk by without correcting, a little nitpicker that I am =). Then the Witches go home, the long way, and see the elephant. Granny shows Magrat how to use the wand to do magic, that it takes more than wishing. They don’t fight to kill, but to win. Following the death of the witch Desiderata Hollow, Magrat Garlick is sent her magic wand, for Desiderata was not only a witch, but also a fairy godmother. It also featured human-Greebo, who was an absolute scene stealer for me, particalry TP’s descriptions of him. (That is what he’s famous for though.) Sunday Summary; For Fun; Review Policy; Index; Review: Witches Abroad – Terry Pratchett. The first 70 percent of Witches Abroad are a must-have – they present the reader with enough time and first-person examples of the characters of the three witches. site is maintained by Colm Buckley. When she confronts Lilith at the end, she is furious that she had to be the good sister. Ella in fact has two godmothers, a good one and an evil one, so to speak. Granny reaches out to her and loses her mind inside as well. They then regroup and Magrat uses her wand to turn the ceremonial coach into a pumpkin. She was born to be good and doesn’t like it. Lilith, watching their progress from her hall of mirrors, starts attacking them with stories. Lilith is about to begin the search for Ella, to put the slipper on her, when Nanny Ogg realises that in real life more than one person would fit into the slipper. Because sometimes, when there's more than one reality at play, too much dreaming can make the walls between them come tumbling down. And he learns his lesson in time for Lords and Ladies. P.S. Fairy godmothers develop a very deep understanding about human nature, which makes the good ones kind and the bad ones powerful. The L-Space Web is a creation Except things aren’t as simple as that. And when he’d been arbitrary or arrogant or just plain wrong, he’d never suggested that this was justified by anything other than the fact that he was bigger and stronger and occasionally nastier than other people. The snake sisters attack them but they are caught and killed by Greebo. She explains about Samedi Nuit Mort and the Duc, and as Nanny and Granny arrive the girl's minders-two sisters attack Magrat and Ella. The witches then fly on ahead and turn Greebo into a human, and send him to stop the coach. Ella is his daughter, and therefore the rightful heir to the throne anyway. Granny likens her to a ringleader at the circus. Like Moving Pictures before it, there is a unsettling horror-like tone to describing the unreality of Genua. She could conceivably be the wicked witch of the novel and that’s why she is such a great character. This detailed literature summary also contains Quotes and a Free Quiz on The Witches by . That someone is Lilith Weatherwax, Esme’s sister. Stories can be created and shaped by the magically inclined, and in the far away land of Genua Lilith de Tempscire, the evil witch of the tale, is turning the whole country into a giant fairy tale. The reader ‘wants’ a fit and proper ruler for the kingdom. To STOP the girl going to the ball, loosing her glass slipper, and marrying the prince. She likes to be seen as simple, and nice (compared to Granny), but it is often her machinations that help save the day for Granny. Finally, they find the road to Genua. It was Lilith who had manipulated many of the various stories that the Witches had traveled through and who was now manipulating Genua itself, wrapping the city around her version of the Cinderella story. She eventually meets up with Nanny Ogg and they meet Mrs Gogol, who leads them to her home in the swamps. Author: Terry Pratchett. Angered that she cannot find Ella that way, Lilith has the witches thrown in the dungeons but Casanunda soon rescues them. Emberella is informed that, as the daughter of the late Baron Saturday (who was the late Duke in Genua), she is now Duchess of Genua. They finally arrive in Genua and after an argument they all go their separate ways. This he does by gleefully attacking the coachmen. Lilith shows how Granny’s powers could be used for ill. She has supposedly created a magical kingdom, but it is a terrifying dictatorship where people are ‘chopped off’ because they don’t fit her narrative plans – a toymaker who is not jolly enough meets an unfortunate end.