This is a review of “Maskerade” by Terry Pratchett. It is the 18th novel in The Discworld Series and the fifth novel in the Witches Story Arc. Character arc-wise it follows on from “Lords and Ladies“.
Nanny Ogg notices that Granny Weatherwax is acting differently. Nanny’s worried that with Magrat gone and married to the King, Granny won’t be satisfied with the Lancre witching life with no one to boss about.
Nanny has someone in mind, but young Agnes Nitt has left Lancre to seek her fortune in Ankh Morpork as an opera singer under the pseudonym Perdita X Dream. But how to get Granny Weatherwax to travel to Ankh Morpok?
Nanny Ogg has a humorous solution.
Meanwhile the opera house in Ankh Morpork is suffering from a situation quite similar to the plot of The Phantom of the Opera.
A ghost is terrorizing the Opera House. At first it was making simple demands like surrendering Box 8 to the ghost on opening nights, but lately people are being murdered…
It’s up to Agnes, Granny and Nanny to solve the mystery of the opera ghost.
As with all of Pratchett’s work, “Maskerade” is humorous and entertaining. I quite liked the mystery and suspense of this novel. Look out for the appearance of other favourite Discworld characters.