Gabe3886′s #CBR4 review 7 The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The colour of magic is the first of the Discworld series and introduces us to some of the main characters throughout the series, Rincewind and Death. This novel is a break from my usual action/adventure books that I like to read, but after having heard so much about the series, I thought it would be crazy not to have a read of it.
The story revolves around a visitor to Ankh-Morpork with riches beyond the dreams of the residents there. As the visitor speaks a language only Rincewind, a wizard, is familiar with, he unwittingly ends up as a tour guide for for the visitor, Twoflower, when a fire breaks out in the city and they are forced to escape. Their whole journey, and the events which occur, are all down to a board game played by some of the gods of the world, including Fate and Luck.
On their travels they visit an upside down mountain, the Temple of Bel-Shamharoth, and even the edge of the Discworld where they can see the Great A’Tuin – the giant turtle, on the back of which the disc exists – and the four elephants which hold up the disc.
This is a clear fantasy book, and a one in which doesn’t resemble the regular world. The book is a great escape for those wishing to indulge in a visit to a strange new world where nothing is quite what it seems. There are laughs aplenty, and confusion too, but in a world where the spectrum is made up of eight colours, and is set on a disc resting on the back of four elephants which, in turn, are riding on a turtle through space; how could there not be?
It wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be, but I’m going to have a read of The Light Fantastic (Discworld #2) in the hope that I can get fully into the magical world on the back of the giant turtle.