Shades Of Words

Witches Abroad


witches-abroad-pbWhat 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.


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

2 thoughts on “Witches Abroad

  1. Oh there’s a lot to Granny Weatherwax and this is just the tip of the iceberg more like 😀 My fav chars are Granny and Mustrum Ridcully. And I like this book better than the rest

  2. I think Granny Weatherwax is kind of like Dumbledore – completely unassuming but supremely powerful.

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