There's no such thing as a female wizard! Except that on the Discworld; a flat world carried by four elephants riding on the back of a giant turtle, nothing is impossible...
When the wizard Drum Billet is about to die, he seeks out a blacksmith who was the eighth son of his family and is... read more
When the wizard Drum Billet is about to die, he seeks out a blacksmith who was the eighth son of his family and is just about to be blessed with his own eighth son. As the wizard hastily passes on his powers and then simply passes on, he forgets to make absolutely certain that the baby was in... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
When the wizard Drum Billet is about to die, he seeks out a blacksmith who was the eighth son of his family and is just about to be blessed with his own eighth son. As the wizard hastily passes on his powers and then simply passes on, he forgets to make absolutely certain that the baby was in fact, a boy.
Eskarina Smith, or Esk, grows up in ignorance of what she is and has an inexplicable knack for magic. When she finally is informed of her status, she sets out on an adventure to find the Unseen University and truly learn how to harness her powerful abilities.
But it's not going to be as easy as that. Because even if she makes it to the University, it is against the lore for a woman to be a wizard...
“One reason for the bustle was that over large parts of the continent other people preferred to make money without working at all, and since the Disc had yet to develop a music recording industry they were forced to fall back on older, more traditional forms of banditry.”
“Granny was not entirely happy when faced with the world of letters. Her eyes protruded, her tongue stuck out, small beads of sweat formed on her forehead, but the pen scratched its way across the page to the accompaniment of the occasional quiet ‘drat’ or ‘bugger the thing’.”
“But magic has a habbit of lying low, like a rake in the grass.”
“For the first time in her life Granny wondered whether there might be something important in all these books people were setting such store by these days, although she was opposed to books on strict moral grounds, since she had heard that many of them were written by dead people and therefore it stood to reason reading them would be as bad as necromancy.”Granny
“Granny bit her lip. She was never quite certain about children, thinking of them - when she thought about them at all - as coming somewhere between animals and people. She understood babies. You put milk in one end and kept the other end as clean as possible. Adults were even easier, because they did the feeding and cleaning themselves.”
“"I look at it all like this," he said. "Before I heard him talk, I was like everyone else. You know what I mean? I was confused and uncertain about all the little details of life. But now," he brightened up, "while I'm still confused and uncertain it's no on a much higher plane, d'you see, and at least I know I'm bewildered about the really fundamental and important facts of the universe."”Cutangle
“They both savoured the strange warm glow of being much more ignorant than ordinary people, who were ignorant of only ordinary things.”
They both savored the strange warm glow of being much more ignorant than ordinary people, who were ignorant of only ordinary things.Highlighted by 24 Kindle customers
she was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you.Highlighted by 18 Kindle customers
it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you’re attempting can’t be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a halfbrick in the path of the bicycle of history.Highlighted by 17 Kindle customers
The lodgings were on the top floor next to the well-guarded premises of a respectable dealer in stolen property because, as Granny had heard, good fences make good neighbors.Highlighted by 14 Kindle customers
One reason for the bustle was that over large parts of the continent other people preferred to make money without working at all, and since the Disc had yet to develop a music recording industry they were forced to fall back on older, more traditional forms of banditry.Highlighted by 13 Kindle customers
Animal minds are simple, and therefore sharp. Animals never spend time dividing experience into little bits and speculating about all the bits they’ve missed. The whole panoply of the universe has been neatly expressed to them as things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks. This frees the mind from unnecessary thoughts and gives it a cutting edge where it matters. Your normal animal, in fact, never tries to walk and chew gum at the same time.Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
Often there is no more than a little plaque to reveal that, against all gynecological probability, someone very famous was born halfway up a wall.Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
Beams of blue light lanced out into the corridor, moving and dancing as indistinct shapes shuffled through the blinding brilliance inside the room. The light was misty and actinic, the sort of light to make Steven Spielberg reach for his copyright lawyer.Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
She had found them lodgings in The Shades, an ancient part of the city whose inhabitants were largely nocturnal and never inquired about one another’s business because curiosity not only killed the cat but threw it in the river with weights tied to its feet.Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
(There should be a word for words that sound like things would sound like if they made a noise, he thought. The word “glisten” does indeed gleam oilily, and if there was ever a word that sounded exactly the way sparks look as they creep across burned paper, or the way the lights of cities would creep across the world if the whole of human civilization was crammed into one night, then you couldn’t do better than “coruscate.”)Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
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