Guards! Guards!: (Discworld Novel 8) by Terry Pratchett


Bookseller review by Alex:

Guards! Guards! is the first in the watch series, set in the Discworld. A hilarious ensemble piece comprising of a hopelessly naive 6ft dwarf, a barely sober captain, a pair of solid, dependably bendy coppers and a bretheren who have no idea what they are truly summoning, never mind how easily they are being manipulated. As ever, Terry Pratchett is insightful, witty and a master storyteller. Despite it being book number 8 this is always the place I recommend to start your journey into the Discworld.

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‘It was the usual Ankh-Morpork mob in times of crisis; half of them were here to complain, a quarter of them were here to watch the other half, and the remainder were here to rob, importune or sell hotdogs to the rest.’

Insurrection is in the air in the city of Ankh-Morpork. The Haves and Have-Nots are about to fall out all over again.

Captain Sam Vimes of the city’s ramshackle Night Watch is used to this. It’s enough to drive a man to drink. Well, to drink more. But this time, something is different – the Have-Nots have found the key to a dormant, lethal weapon that even they don’t fully understand, and they’re about to unleash a campaign of terror on the city.

Time for Captain Vimes to sober up.

The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Guards! Guards! is the first book in the City Watch series.