Terry Pratchett, 2005

Premise: It's Koom Valley Day, or soon will be, and the city is restless. The anniversary of a much-argued historic battle between Trolls and Dwarves, firebrands are using it to stoke racial tensions until Ankh-Morpork's melting pot is threatening to crack. As usual, The City Watch is on the front lines.

On this re-read, I didn't like this book quite as much as I remembered, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot to like. Much of the immediate plot hinges on solving the murder of a dwarven leader, and Vimes and the usual crew spend a lot of the book scattered over the city, picking up pieces of the puzzle.

I love the subplot about Vimes reading to his son, and Angua dealing with her own racial issues in adapting to a vampire in the watch. Mr. Shine is a worthy addition to the background cast of characters, and there's both humor and poignancy in how Vimes deals with a paper-pushing investigator sent by Vetinari.

My only real problem with the book is the blend between the main plot and characters and a few mystical elements. I did like most of the final resolution, but something about it felt slightly off to me.

Anyway, it's still tons of fun to read, and now I'm freshly re-read in time for Snuff!

4 Stars - A Very Good Book


  1. I'm a long way off until I get to Thud! (only just finished Carpe Jugulum) but it's one of the ones I'm really looking forward to. The City Watch novels are my favourites in the Discworld


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