Book Number: 2
Series: Wizzards/Rincewind #2
Synopsis from Goodreads:
‘What shall we do?’ said Twoflower.
‘Panic?’ said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival.
As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld could do with a hero. What it doesn’t need is a singularly inept and cowardly wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world, or a well-meaning tourist and his luggage which has a mind (and legs) of its own. Which is a shame because that’s all there is…
The Colour of Magic was a rough start to the Discworld series. It felt jumbled at points and it was more like a series of short stories than one single, continuous novel. Which was fine, because I loved the book, but The Light Fantastic continues from where The Colour of Magic left off but also seems a lot neater overall. There are no chapters, just asterisks to separate the sections. However this book introduces several new characters to the Discworld. We meet Cohen the Barbarian who happens to be one of my favorite characters due to this book. He, if you’ve read the first one, is similar to that of Hrun, but he unlike Hrun gets brought back throughout the future books (and I have a crocheted doll of him! See?). He’s an absolutely hysterical character and I adore him and Bethan together.
Basically, the end of the world is coming, and Rincewind has to save it. He comes across Cohen the Barbarian and he, Twoflower, and Cohen rescue Bethan who is about to get sacrificed to the Moon. Rincewind is an inapt wizard due to the fact that one of the eight sacred spells is stuck in his head. He can’t do magic because of it. There is a prophecy that unless all eight spells are said they are going to be killed by this red star that is getting bigger and bigger.
This book shows more the wizards of the University, whom are back-stabbing (literally) to climb in the ranks. It shows just how cruel the world is for these wizards, I suppose. It’s the first book where you’re introduced to another wizard besides Rincewind and the wizards are generally hysterically funny. Trymon is just… hysterically brutal.
It’s not A Song of Ice and Fire when I say that the wizards kill each other to get in the ranks. It’s not that intense, and it definitely doesn’t take itself very seriously. However it’s definitely dark humor at some points, those points mainly involving Trymon. And the luggage. Who can forget the Luggage?
Rating: 5/5 Much more organized, in a way, than the first book. And it introduces some important characters such as Ysabell and Cohen, who we will see in future books.