Witches Abroad (Discworld Series #12)

Witches Abroad (Discworld Series #12)

by Terry Pratchett

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Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a good heart, a wise head, and poor planning skills—which, unfortunately, left the Princess Emberella in the care of her other (not quite so good and wise) godmother when death came for Desiderata. So now it's up to Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on broomsticks and make for far-distant Genua to ensure the servant girl doesn't marry the Prince.

But the road to Genua is bumpy, and along the way the trio of witches encounters the occasional vampire, werewolf, and falling house (well this is a fairy tale, after all). The trouble really begins once these reluctant foster-godmothers arrive in Genua and must outwit their power-hungry counterpart who'll stop at nothing to achieve a proper "happy ending"—even if it means destroying a kingdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062237361
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Series: Discworld Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 48,476
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.


Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England


Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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Witches Abroad (Discworld Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
bjpGA More than 1 year ago
Classic Terry P, read it you won't be disappointed, Greebo has a bigger role. Wish more of these were made into movies
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Granny Weatherwax is my hero!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really awesome. I love the witches, Nanny Ogg is so funny. I would reccomend it to anyone who likes an amusing and educational read that's also very quick. I love Discworld. Neem! Everyone should worship the great writing of Terry Pratchett as I do!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Esme and Gytha!
iamiam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While on the surface a fluffy bit of fairy-tale piss-taking, there's a deeper meaning to be found regarding goals, dreams, and what one can and cannot say about 'right' and 'wrong'.
polarbear123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A strong adition to the Discworld series - the witches are always comedy and they don't disappoint this time around. Prachett turns the worl of fairy tales on it's head way before Shrek was even thought about and it works. Nanny Ogg and Weatherwax are qualit entertainment all the way through - a must read for fans of the series.
catherinestead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat have to make sure Emberella doesn't marry the Prince. This means a journey to Genua (leading to speculation over the possibilities of the commercial broomstick: serving food and telling the passengers what how to crash if the magic fails would be straightforward, but would it be better to fly under the banner Three Witches Airborne, Pan Air or - in Magrat's case - Virgin?), battles with foreign food and languages (Cwuissses dee Grenolly and banananana dakry, anyone?) and funny business with fairy tales.Excellent. Hysterical. Go and read it.
soniaandree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The usual witches are on a mission, and noone should prevent Granny Weatherwax from interfering in the narrative. Magrat inherits the job of fairygodmother; indeed, she sets poor standards in terms of magic. Travelling is not easy, but the action finally settles in an alternate bayou/Louisiana swamp place, with Mrs Gogol as the local voodoo witch. Despite their differences, Granny and Mrs Gogol will learn to work together to achieve a satisfying ending. The Story must go on!
jnicholson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Magrat inherits a fairy god-daughter and must save her from having to go to the ball and marry a prince.The witches turn into a more engaging set of characters in this narrative, which also introduces more background about Granny Weatherwax's family background.
SimoneA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another Discworld book that had me laughing out loud in public! In Witches Abroad, the three witches have to travel and play fairy godmother. Except that they have to make sure the girl doesn't marry the prince! This book incorporates many classic fairy tales and gives them a good and funny twist.
salimbol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Basically: Granny Weatherwax encounters the rest of the world; the rest of the world is afraid; Granny Weatherwax is unimpressed :-). Plenty of snicker-worthy moments, especially from the irrepressible Nanny Ogg (if she's in a book, you can be sure it will be an especially earthy one). All rolled up with some intelligent commentary about A) the power of stories, and B) how our expectations of stories can limit us.
Aldrea_Alien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like Moving Pictures was to Hollywood, Witches Abroad is to fairytales. Only a lot more funny, and everything is fair game. It starts off as it ends, with fairy godmothers, specifically the death of one, leading to the snowballing that is the witches three (Nanny, Granny and Magrat) to travel from there cosy homes in Lancre and see to some godmothering duties in the strange town of Genua. Parts of it remind me of that movie the Frog Princess, right down to the voodoo. And then there¿s Baron Saturday to top it all off.The main focus there is around the non-marriage of Ella (otherwise known as Embers. Emberella if you will.) to a rather slimy guy who has interesting sleeping habits. But many hilarious events take place before the trio arrive there. Bulls, wolves, sleeping princesses, red hoods and falling houses included.Small wonder I sped through it all in one day.
DRFP on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed the Witches previous Discworld outings but found this novel a little flat. The first half of the novel feels like Pratchett ticking off boxes of fairytales to poke fun at and undermine. It's vaguely amusing but feels too routine for Pratchett. I think the book improves when the heroines arrive in Genua but even then the story feels rather unsatisfying. I think this is largely for two reasons: one is that we see so little of Emberella that there's relatively little reason to care about her fate. Second, I thought Magrat's portrayal as a "wet hen" was a little merciless and it was additionally disappointing when she was given no opportunity to really prove her worth (even if Granny Weatherwax is the star of the show).Those criticisms Discworld and the fact I thought Witches Abroad just not that funny compared to other novels in the series meant I finished this one feeling a little underwhelmed.
bexaplex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick go to Genua to interfere with a kitchen maid marrying a prince. The witches have a very British empire distaste for traveling, despite being very adaptable.Baron Samedi seemed a little flat - one whole side of his persona was just left out (virility and debauchery). He's really the spirit of disruption in Mardi Gras (Fat Lunchtime, apparently) so he should have had more part to play in the denouement.
love2laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although very good, this is not one of my favourite Discworld books, mainly because I don't enjoy the witches as much as I do other characters. Can't remember how many times I've read this book, and this time I got the alligator sandwich joke! It's not easy being slow on the uptake.
keristars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As someone who loves stories and tropes and fairy tales and all of that wound into a crazy rubber band ball, Witches Abroad is probably the perfect Discworld novel for me. Okay, it's not my absolute favorite, because I find that the witches books tend to drag a little towards the end, right before the grand finale, but it's definitely pretty awesome.This, of course, manages to assimilate most of the big name fairy tales into the Discworld universe and in doing so sets up this idea that the Story is the reason things happen. Once you get started on a the path of a Story, it wants to finish itself to the end. So if you send a girl down to visit her grandmother, and she's wearing a red cloak, you better bet that the Story will do its best to have grandmother eaten by a wolf, and then we'll get those well-known words - "what big teeth you have, grandmother!" and the reply "The better to eat you with, my dear."But Witches Abroad is also concerned with Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick and the way they deal with traveling, in their own ways. Nanny is the one to know foreign languages, only in her own way, which usually means some pretty funny puns and malapropisms. And Granny is always able to use Headology to take advantage of the con-men before they can take advantage of the naive tourists. Magrat is, well, Magrat.I don't think of very many Discworld novels as rereadable (though I'm only a third of the way through the series on my first read-through), but this one very much is.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the better books about the Witches....this one packs in as many fairy tale cliches as possible, explains the secret of blacksmithery, and allows Greebo the cat to really build up his part.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Witches Abroad, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat travel to Genua to stop a story. I like the witches, and I really enjoyed this book, though when taken with the rest of the Discworld verse into account, I don't think they've come quite fully into their own - Lords and Ladies or Carpe Jugulum is when they're at their height, and in Witches Abroad their characterizations are still shifting a bit. Lilith was an intriguing character, and I wish we could have seen a bit more of her and Granny's epic showdown, but the way it ended did seem fitting and lovely and rather poignant. Magrat hasn't figured herself out yet (but she'll get a shining moment in Lords and Ladies), but on the other hand, Nanny Ogg is working full-force, with just enough 'Ogg-ness' to make her likeable and quite a bit backstage work going on to make her formidable in her own right. I was surprised by how much I came to like her, since I'm used to Granny being my favorite of the three.
ravenwood0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, things are never simple. When they go on a mission to Genua to stop a wedding that was not meant to be it turns out to be more complicated than usual. They have got Mrs. Gogol's voodoo, Nanny Ogg's grouchy, domineering, one-eyed cat Greebo, and a second-hand magic wand courtesy of the late Desiderata, that seems to only do pumpkins.
comfypants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the best Discworld books that I've read so far. Unfortunately, once you've read a dozen Discworld books, one more isn't going to make much of an impression, regardless of where it might stand relative to the others.
Moriquen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yet another wonderful Discworld book, though it does have one of the saddest side-characters I've come across in a while. (The wolf just struck me for some reason.)
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gercmbyrne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Terry Pratchett is a god who walks among men. The entire Discworld series is a joy and only a strange mad creature cursed by gods and man would refuse to read and love these books!one of the best in teh witches series, this sees magrat,Ogg and Weatherwax in Furrin Parts, causing terror and fear as they cross the dsicworld. At the end they confront a very dangerous enemy indeed... a Weatherwax gone bad!
minxy_ukusa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I adore all of the discworld series. The witches, being Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and Magrat, are my favourite characters along with the librarian, DEATH and of course the Death of Rats. These are my ultimate bedtime companions when i'm after a quick, lighthearted read.