This is a review of “Wyrd Sisters” by Terry Pratchett. It is the 6th novel in The Discworld Series and the second novel in the Witches Story Arc. Technically it follows “Pyramids” which is the 5th Discworld novel, but character-arc wise it follows “Equal Rites“.
Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick have formed a coven at Magrat’s suggestion. No-nonsense Granny and adventurous Nanny have been lifelong witches and the younger Magrat has a more romanticised view of witchcraft. She is all for dramatic eyeshadow, occult jewellery, eye of newt and full moon dances.
While meeting as a coven, they are stumbled upon by a man sheltering a baby from guards who are in hot pursuit. The witches save the infant and send the guards on their way. To keep him safe, they give the baby to a childless couple, who are also members of a roving theatre troupe.
The baby is the son of the newly murdered King Verence. The murderer is his relative, the Duke. He was bullied into it by his wife, the (mountainous, though she would say voluptuous) Duchess. Racked by guilt, the Duke is going a little loopy…
Up in the castle, The Fool is miserably going about his task of making people happy. He really doesn’t like his job, and never has, but what else is a guild-trained Fool to do?
This book is highly entertaining if you have ever studied Shakespeare, specifically Macbeth or Hamlet.
“Wyrd Sisters” focuses on the power of words, on propaganda and on how the way something is talked about can affect the way it is remembered. It’s also very humorous, very clever and entertaining.