| Terry Pratchett|
The Discworld series
3rd novel – 1st Witches story
|Motifs:||Fantasy clichés, Feminism|
|Year of release:||1987|
|Paperback ISBN:||ISBN 0552131059|
Equal Rites is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett. Published in 1987, it is the third novel in the Discworld series and the first where the main character is not Rincewind. It introduces the character of Granny Weatherwax who reappears in several later Discworld novels.
Table of contents
The wizard Drum Billet knows that he will soon die and travels to a place where an eighth son of an eighth son is about to be born. Since such a boy is destined to become a wizard (on the Discworld, the number eight has many of the magical properties that are ascribed to seven in the real world), Billet wants to pass his staff on to him as his successor.
However, the child born is actually a girl, Eskarina. Since Billet notices his mistake too late, the staff is passed on to her.
As she grows up, it becomes apparent that she has uncontrollable powers, and the local witch Granny Weatherwax decides to travel with her to the Unseen University in Ankh-Morpork – but a female wizard is something completely unheard of on Discworld.
Esk is unsuccessful in her first, direct, attempt to gain entry to the University, but Granny Weatherwax finds another way in; as a servant. While there she follows the progress of an apprentice wizard named Simon, who she had met earlier, on her way to Ankh-Morpork. Simon is a sourceror; a wizard capable of devising new spells. His magic, however, causes a hole to be opened to the dark regions.
For reasons never explained, Esk never appeared in the Discworld novels again. Although she was the main character in the book, the only character (besides Death) who would appear again after the book was Granny Weatherwax, but the events of the book were never even mentioned again; the next 'witches' book, Wyrd Sisters, starts off with a virtually clean slate. The closest thing to a mention of the book that occurs later in the series is in Lords and Ladies, when Granny mentions to Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully of Unseen University that she has been there a few times before. Another almost-mention is that granny learned to fly "late in life" – an event of Equal Rites.
Equal Rites translations
- Еманципирана магия (Bulgarian)
- Čaroprávnost (Czech)
- Den ottende datter (Danish)
- Meidezeggenschap (Dutch)
- Võluv Võrdsus (Estonian)
- Johan Riitti (Finnish)
- La Huitième Fille (French)
- Das Erbe des Zauberers (German)
- Νευρικες μαγισσες (Nevrikes magisses) (Greek)
- Trollmannens stav (Norwegian)
- Równoumagicznienie (Polish)
- Ritos Iguais (Portuguese)
- Direitos Iguais, Rituais Iguais (Portuguese – Brazil)
- Творцы заклинаний (Russian)
- Jednakost rituala (Serbian)
- Ritos Iguales (Spanish)
- Trollkarlens stav (Swedish)
|Terry Pratchett's Discworld|
The Colour of Magic – The Light Fantastic – Equal Rites – Mort – Sourcery – Wyrd Sisters – Pyramids – Guards! Guards! – Eric – Moving Pictures – Reaper Man – Witches Abroad – Small Gods – Lords and Ladies – Men at Arms – Soul Music - Interesting Times – Maskerade – Feet of Clay – Hogfather - Jingo - The Last Continent – Carpe Jugulum – The Fifth Elephant - The Truth – Thief of Time – The Last Hero - Night Watch – Monstrous Regiment - Going Postal - Thud
Albert - Angua - Carrot Ironfoundersson - Cohen the Barbarian - Fred Colon - Death - Detritus – C.M.O.T. Dibbler - Gaspode - Greebo - Igor - Bloody Stupid Johnson - Leonard of Quirm - The Librarian - Lu-Tze - The Luggage - Mort - C.W.St J. Nobbs - Susan Sto Helit - Rincewind - Havelock Vetinari – Samuel Vimes – The Witches - Discworld gods – Other characters