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Lords and Ladies (Discworld #14)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  41,378 ratings  ·  702 reviews

Although they may feature witches and wizards, vampires and dwarves, along with the occasional odd human, Terry Pratchett's bestselling Discworld novels are grounded firmly in the modern world. Taking humorous aim at all our foibles, each novel reveals our true character and nature.

It's a dreamy midsummer's night in the Kingdom of Lancre. But music and romance aren't the o

Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published October 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1992)
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“Witches can generally come to terms with what actually is, instead of insisting on what ought to be.”
As anyone who knows me can attest to, I tend to gush over Pratchett's books, with all his wit and wisdom and the ability to create incredibly clever and very serious humor rooted in uncomfortably deep understanding of human mind.
“Personal’s not the same as important. People just think it is.”
Lords and Ladies of the Lancre Witches subcycle of the Discworld books was the first Pratchett Witch
i agree wholeheartedly, this is my FAVORITE of the Witch series. I love Granny v Lily in "Witches Abroad," but if you delighted in Mrs. Weasley gettin all Sigourney Weaver on Bellatrix L in the last Harry Potter, YOU'LL LOVE the whole last third of the book. i squirmed with glee as soon as Magrat put on that armor. the principle of a cat in a box being any of 3 various states till you open the box: alive, dead, bloody pissed off is all i know about physics, or need to know.
⊱ Irena ⊰
It started slow and I was beginning to wonder how is it possible that a story with Granny Weatherwax could be like this. Then it picked up a bit and almost until one heart-stopping moment near the end it was just an ok story with occasional brilliant flashes that I have come to expect from a Discworld book.
As usual, Nanny Ogg was hilarious. Granny's out of the character behaviour got a satisfactory explanation.

The lords and ladies are elves and they want to come back. Since they are murdering m


When you think of elves, what do you think of? The tall, fair-skinned beings of Tolkien's Middle Earth? The ebony warriors from Dungeons & Dragons? Delicious cookies?

Not on Discworld. On Discworld, the Elves are folk of legend, and dark legend at that. People there remember the elves, although not very well. They remember through old wives' tales, about leaving milk for the fairies and not going near the standing stones. Ask someone in the kingdom of Lancre, and they'll think of elves
The gals have been gone a while, and lots of things can happen in eight month's time.

Magrat is still planning to marry the new king (and former fool) of Lancre, and anyone who's everyone will be attending the Royal Wedding, including our favorite Librarian. (If only they can get him to put on some clothes...)

But wait...strange things are happening. (Well, stranger things than the strange things that normally happen in Discworld.)

Even the bees are worried.

Granny Weatherwax is reunited with an ol
I love Pratchett's spin on fantasy. He takes a well-known faerie tale (elves) and shines a totally different light on them:
"Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind
The witches are returning to Lancre after the events of Witches Abroad to find that nothing much has changed in their absence, except that some young girls have been meddling with witchcraft and allowed the elves to cross from their dimension in to the Lancre hills and are once more attempting to enslave the Disc. Granny is getting forgetful, Nanny is getting amorous and Magrat is going to be Queen on Midsummer's Night. What chance does the Disc have when it's in the hands of comic artisans, bum ...more
In my last review I admitted that I was a big fan of re-contextualised mythology, and I think anyone who has any interest in fantasy will find that they are too.

In Lords and Ladies, Pratchett re-draws the boundaries where elves are concerned. Trying to push the fae folk back from Tolkien's ("pretty = lovely") vision towards their German/Scandinavian folkloric roots ("pretty = dangerous") is -to this day- an almost entirely unique direction to head in, and an interesting one. After all, people ar
A fun twist on the basic ideas found in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Granny Weatherwax was especially awesome in this one; she is such a wonderful character. Magrat did some surprising things, too.
I just have a little quibble about Pratchett's writing style--at times it can be like reading a play without enough attributions, the way he will set dialogue aside instead of attaching the action that goes with it. But his humour and other cleverness overcome that little distraction.
The Lancre coven return home in time for Magrat Garlick's wedding, which is a surprise to her, and to find certain "Lords and Ladies" wanting to crash the event. Terry Pratchett returns to Discworld as the witches face off with faeries trying to make their way back into reality as Magrat tries to figure out how to be a Queen after finding her career as witch not going well while Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg just continue on with their witchy ways.

Having found the previous two witches books (W
Books like 'Lords and ladies' are the reason why I seem to return to Pratchett's universe time and time again. You can always count on this author to produce something new with his already established character sets and settings...and that's a fantastic draw.

I won't go into summary for the plot or story. There are tens of reviews written already that have that I'll just justify those 5 marks up there. And since I feel I'll be adding this to any review I write, the stars do not repr
David Sarkies
Beauty is deceptive on the outside
19 December 2013

This book is very, very loosely based upon Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night Dream, and to be honest with you if he had not told me at the beginning of the book and at the end of the book I probably would not have realised it. The reason that I say that is because when I say loosely I mean really loosely. In fact the only thing about the book that seems to be connected to the play is that a group of working class people go a rehearse a play in the
Steven Harbin
It seems like I enjoy each book that I read of Terry Pratchett's a little more than the previous one. While Witches Abroad still ranks as my favorite so far, I thought this follow up book in the Discworld Witches subgenre was just as good. Pratchett creates strong female characters and his everyday run of the mill people characters who rise to heroic hights when necessary are very believable. Of course not all his characters are heroic, the cowardly magician Rincewind being the notable exception ...more
Lords and Ladies is one of my favorite Discworld novels. Although it's full of top-flight Pratchett punnery and humor, it is also a brilliant dark fantasy that turns genre conventions upside down while mocking and paying homage to Shakespeare. Rather like Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Pratchett turns to earlier traditions of elves and fairies instead of Tolkienian or pulp-fantasy tropes. There are numerous references to the very dark elven ballads of Tam Lin, Thomas the Rhyme ...more
Jen Williams
This was always one of my favourite Pratchett books; indeed, I read it over and over again as a kid. Reading it again now is a glorious pleasure.

It includes all my favourite aspects of the Discworld - the Witches, folklore, Ridcully, the people of Lancre... and Elves. When I first read Lords and Ladies I was also obsessed with another book about the Fair Folk - Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee. The two books combined introduced me to the idea of elves being sinister, alien creatures, and I a
Lee Broderick
Terry Pratchett obviously had a lot of fun riffing off of Shakespeare in Wyrd Sisters , a book which I enjoyed immensely. It's probably no surprise then that he should choose to revisit that idea. Here, it's the witches who are the star of the show again but spoofing Tragedies is out of the window as, instead, the author lovingly (if not faithfully) rewrites A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Pratchett embellishes The Fairy Story with Northern European folk beliefs and his own trademark humour which, wh
Rebecca Huston
I had a grand time with this one, filled as it is with all sorts of doings of Witches, Royalty, Morris dancing and the like. Most of all, Mr. Pratchett remembers that along with all of the glamour about Faerie, there are some real dangers, all of which are used to great effect. Depending on how much you know about the Childe ballads -- two of them feature prominently in this one. Then there's the romance of King Verence and Magrat, with a wedding planned for of all days, Midsummer Night. Guess w ...more
Discworld #14 is the third book that centers around Granny Weatherwax and the witches. I enjoy these characters but not as much as I do Death and Rincewind. This is a funny story about the returning of The Lords and Ladies (Elves). I always enjoy Pratchett's fast paced, funny, and pleasant getaways. This is a must read in the Discworld series but the other books centered on the witches should be read first.
Joshua Gross
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Deborah Ideiosepius
For some reason I just had to abandon all the books I was in the middle of and had cued up as the next rad in order to r-rad this one:

So glad that I did. This has always been one of my favourites of the PTerry discworld novels, in it we find that the elves are trying to come back the the human world, the elves, the gentle folk, the lords and ladies...

And then we learn that the reason for so many euphemisms is that they are not very nice at all, and you don't want to call them by their real names
I had a blast reading this. I give it 4.5 stars. Love the quick wit of the author. Love the witches!
Note to Self: Lancre
Magrat Garlick(witch,new Queen,pal)+King Verence II(of Lancre,ex-Fool),Granny Esmerelda Weatherwax (Esme,witch,head of coven,ex,pal),Nanny Cytha Ogg(witch,pal,mom0)& Greebo(her cat)+Giamo Casanunda (dwarf),Jason Ogg(master blacksmith & farrier,son0,dad1,pal1),Sha
Melissa McShane
I read this aloud to my family. It's fun, reading a Discworld novel aloud, because you get to do all the voices, and also the kiddies laugh at just the right times.

There's something about the Witches novels that appeals to me on a very basic level. Granny Weatherwax, as hard-headed as she is, doesn't come by that by being nasty; she's always aware that being good means making hard choices, and making hard choices means acknowledging that you have free will--and that, ultimately, means you cannot
Cynthia Egbert
I have told some of you that you need not read the DiscWorld books in order, but there is a slight addendum to that...the witches books should be read as a trilogy. 1) Wyrd Sisters 2) Witches Abroad and 3) Lords and Ladies. I love these books...and not only because they lean so heavily on Shakespeare...I adore Granny Weatherwax and hope to be like her someday...well maybe not quite so cranky, although my children would tell you that I am well on my way. If you enjoy a MidSummer Night's Dream, yo ...more
Bookworm Smith
The whole love and marriage theme continued through this novel, extending its claws into all of the witches. Nanny Ogg, no surprise (as evidenced by her four or five previous husbands). BUT, even Granny fell prey to love, even if it was just for a few brief moments. And, although it may sound like a cuddly, soft, lovey-dovey tale, it was in fact one of the crudest books to date - b/c along with marriage comes the wedding night!

I swear, if I read another variant of the naive bride and groom's we
Michael Clemens
Have you read this book before? If it was Moving Pictures then yes, you quite nearly have. Like the events of its predecessor, the Disc is again threatened from creatures living where the curtains between realities are worn a bit thin. Like Moving Pictures, the wizards make a large, comic, and generally ineffectual muddle of it all -- except for the Librarian, of course, who alone of the faculty keeps control. Unlike the other book, though, this has witches and witchy-related mayhem cover-to-cov ...more
probably one of my new favorite discworld novels. why the five stars, you may ask? five words: the stick and bucket dance.

part of my love for terry pratchett's writing comes from his use of words. the way he twists them, the way he uses them in unexpected ways, the way he uses them to tell a story, and to give that story depth and meaning even when on the surface it's just a great little fairy tale. another reason i love terry pratchett's writing is for the times when he doesn't use words, and

Other people would probably say: I wasn't myself. But Granny Weatherwax didn't have anyone else to be. (p. 53, 18%)

This may be my new favorite Discworld book, and that's saying something. Then again, I am a complete and utter sucker chump for all things Granny Weatherwax, and that's that.


"I don't hold with paddlin' with the occult," said Granny firmly. "Once you start paddlin' with the occult you start
I have to say as a follow up to Witches Abroad it wasn't up to par. I did enjoy it; more so for Granny Weatherwax. She made the story. I liked the returning characters (won't give names because I don't want to spoil it for anyone. We discover what happened to the Witches when they returned from abroad. I got really annoyed at Magrat. I might be in the minority but I'm not a fan of her. I enjoyed the little references to Shakespeare and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Granny Weatherwax ( ...more
El arco argumental de las brujas no es mi favorito de la saga Mundodisco. Y tampoco en esta ocasión, en la que se hace una parodia de Sueño de una Noche de Verano de Shakespeare, ha sido la mejor historia que he leído.
Pero lo asombroso de Terry Pratchett es que, con una fachada superficial de humor y situaciones absurdas, la profundidad del mensaje que hay en cada una de sus obras es muy superior a la media.
Me parece realmente importante destacar que un libro de humor y fantasía pueda enseñar v
Granny Weatherwax never fails to entertain me. I wasn't as crazy about this book as the other 2, but that's just by-the-way. Pratchett, like a few of my other favorite authors, is someone I take as a whole body of work, all of which I enjoy. I would write a longer review but my head seems to be dead today.

Oh yes, the audiobook reader for this was Nigel Planer. Awesome.
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,
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Other Books in the Series

Discworld (1 - 10 of 41 books)
  • The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
  • The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)
  • Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches #1)
  • Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)
  • Sourcery (Discworld, #5; Rincewind #3)
  • Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)
  • Pyramids (Discworld, #7)
  • Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1)
  • Eric (Discworld, #9; Rincewind #4)
  • Moving Pictures (Discworld, #10)
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1) Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1) Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1) Night Watch (Discworld, #29; City Watch #6)

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