What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in a fairy tale? What would you do if you realized it was in your hands to change the course of the story? What would you do if you realized the characters in the fairy tale were real people and did not want to be a part of the story?
Terry Pratchet’s ‘Witches Abroad’ does it all and in a very entertaining manner. Three witches Granny Weatherwax, Nancy Ogg and Magrat, one of them a newly designated godmother, head off to the land of Genua – to prevent ‘Ella’ from marrying the ‘Prince’ . Now why would they want to do that, you may ask? Its a happy ending right? Wrong. Stories are different. Real people are different and godmothers don’t want to be godmothers. Magic shouldn’t rule people.
What makes this book interesting is not the plot but the characters. Completely nonchalant Nanny Ogg, the up-tight Granny and the fumbling, rookie Magrat. Their interactions and escapades define the story.
Verdict: If you like fantasy fiction you may enjoy this book.