Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
This is where the dragons went. They lie…not dead, not asleep, but…dormant. And although the space they occupy isn’t like normal space, nevertheless they are packed in tightly. They could put you in mind of a can of sardines, if you thought sardines were huge and scaly. And presumably, somewhere, there’s a key… Guards! Guards! is the eighth Discworld novel – and after this, dragons will never be the same again!
This has become another one of my favourite Discworld books – and the focus is on dragons! The story follows a Guild who summon a dragon to gain the throne, but of course, this back fires when they try to dismiss the dragon. It seems, dragons have minds of their own and don’t like being controlled. So the dragon comes back and claims the throne. And of course, there is fire, fear, little dragons, dwarfs and fights. This book is genius, I really enjoyed it.
I liked Errol, the old, lazy, pet dragon – a cleverly written character. I still like the Librarian, he is funny! I like how people don’t mess with him, genius! And I liked Carrot – an officer of the law who actually arrested people! What an incredible idea! A dwarf, who was too big to dwarf, who killed someone using a metaphor – very funny.
The whole book was highly enjoyable. We haven’t seen dragons since The Colour of Magic, the first Discworld novel, so it was exciting to have them feature so highly in this book. As always, Pratchett is humorous and descriptive. I have no trouble imagining what is happening around me, however fantastic and crazy. I love this series, none have been a disappointment.