Sourcery, Paperback book

Sourcery: Discworld Novel 5[Paperback]

by Terry Pratchett

3.38 out of 5 (34 ratings)

Transworld Publishers Ltd 
Publication Date:
21 June 2012 


All this books and stuff, that isn't what it should all be about. What we need is real wizardry. There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we'd better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son ...a wizard squared ...a source of magic ...a Sourcerer. Unseen University has finally got what it wished for: the most powerful wizard on the disc. Which, unfortunately, could mean that the death of all wizardry is at hand. And that the world is going to end, depending on whom you listen to. Unless of course one inept wizard can take the University's most precious artefact, the very embodiment of magic itself, and deliver it halfway across the disc to safety...

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  • Loved it, I do like poor old Rincewind and the antics he gets up to. It was really easy to read and i couldnt put it down as like any of Terry's books. **Spoiler, so dont read on if you want the book to remain a suprise. -- It will be interesting to see if Rincewind actually returns from his predicament and i loved how a Barbarians daughter, who had all the instincts and traits of her farther just wanted to be a Hairdresser! Funny ;o)

    5.00 out of 5


  • Sourcery is the fifth Discworld novel and the third in the Rincewind story line. The novel tells the story of an eight son of an eight son of an eight son, which in the Discworld, is fated to become a Sourcerer named Coin. The Sourcerer in the Discworld is not only known as having an unbelievable command over magic, but also changes the ebb and flow of magic to a much higher level, which casuses many other problems for the normal wizards on the Disc.This story again has Rincewind as a main character, who again finds himself in the unsuspected role of the hero, to attempt to restore order in the magic world containing the Sourcerer Coin. This is one of the best early novels in the Rincewind series, as there are many characters that play really great roles including a fan favorite, The Luggage.This novel has all of the great Terry Pratchett humor and satire that fans of the series keep coming back for more of. One of the things that makes Sourcery one of the greats in my opinion, is that the story telling here is really excellent. All of the various threads that start up in throughout the story really come together at the end and make for a very enjoyable and satisfying story.

    5.00 out of 5


  • It is as good as all the other Terry Pratchett books I've read. Rincewind is hilarious! This time he has to win over a sourcerer who is :dangerous for the world and the university and life in general.

    5.00 out of 5


  • No, that title isn’t a misspelling. It’s one of Pratchett’s plays on words that he’s so fond of. Because in this book – which was the fifth Discworld novel- sourcery is when magic goes beyond wizardry and taps into the very source of magic- raw power that ordinary wizards can’t touch. ‘Sourcery’ takes on sword and sorcery fantasies, taking satirical swipes at pretty much all the big ones- Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Fantasia, The Tempest, Conan the Barbarian, 1001 Nights, Fafhrd and Grey Mouser- with a few bits from Omar Khayyam, Kublai Khan and Casablanca along the way. But unlike many satires, this is also a great story. When the eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son is born, he is not just a wizard but a sourcerer. His father, who was fated to die shortly after the child’s birth, tricks Death by becoming a part of the wizard’s staff he gives to his infant son, which allows him to control his son and the power he wields. Father isn’t completely sane, and his aim is to destroy the Unseen University and its wizards- and the world. He puts this action into motion when the boy is 10, thinking it’s going to be an easy thing. But he hasn’t counted on the inept wizard Rincewind and his sentient pearwood Luggage, the Unseen University’s orangutan librarian, a wizard’s hat, the daughter of Cohen the Barbarian’s daughter, a would be adventurer who is learning adventuring from a book, and a genie who doesn’t follow the usual genie pattern. While all these characters are funny, not one of them is flat or there just for a single joke. They are all interesting people who have backstory and dimension, people who we come to care about. And while the events of the prospective end of the world happen in a ridiculous fashion, the threat and danger is real. It’s not an easy task to make a satire that incorporates these things. One of my favorite Discworld novels so far- other than the Tiffany Aching ones, of course.

    5.00 out of 5


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