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This entry in Terry Pratchett's uproarious Discworld saga (Going Postal, Monstrous Regiment, et al.) examines the feud between dwarves and trolls. With the anniversary of Koom Valley quickly approaching -- a historic bloodbath where either trolls ambushed dwarves or dwarves attacked trolls, no one remembers or really cares -- Sam Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, must solve a murder of a fanatical dwarf leader while also trying to prevent an all-out war from erupting in the great city of Ankh-Morpork.
When a rabble-rousing dwarf is found with his head crushed and a troll is rumored to be the killer, Vimes and his team of misfits must get to the bottom of the mystery before tensions escalate out of control. To complicate matters, a priceless painting depicting the battle of Koom Valley (a painting that supposedly contains clues to the whereabouts of a hidden treasure) has been stolen from the Royal Art Museum. As Vimes digs deeper, he realizes that powerful dark magic is involved and that the answer to all his questions can only be found at the ancient battle site. But what he finds at Koom Valley will change perceptions forever…
Longtime fans of Discworld -- which began in 1983 with the publication of The Color of Magic and now encompasses an incredible 30 novels -- will enjoy revisiting beloved characters like Vimes, Ankh-Morpork's supreme leader Lord Vetinari, and everyone's favorite scythe wielder, Death, as well as meeting quirky new characters like the painfully uptight government inspector Mr. A. E. Pessimal and Sally von Humpeding, the new, blood-sucking Watch recruit. Outlandishly witty and as irreverent as it is insightful, Pratchett's Thud! is a knockout. Paul Goat Allen