Review~Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett


Goodreads synopsis

A Young Dwarf’s Dream

Corporal Carrot has been promoted! He’s now in charge of the new recruits guarding Ankh-Morpork, Discworld’s greatest city, from Barbarian Tribes, Miscellaneous Marauders, unlicensed Thieves, and such. It’s a big job, particularly for an adopted dwarf.

But an even bigger job awaits. An ancient document has just revealed that Ankh-Morpork, ruled for decades by Disorganized crime, has a secret sovereign! And his name is Carrott…

And so begins the most awesome epic encounter of all time, or at least all afternoon, in which the fate of a city—indeed of the universe itself!—depends on a young man’s courage, an ancient sword’s magic, and a three-legged poodle’s bladder.

A Sequal to Guards Guards! in the City Watch Watch series:

Guards Guards review:

In my opinion it is a great continuation from Guards Guards and flows much more smoothly than the last book.

Carrot is the character that shines the light to many problems that Ankh-Morpork is experiencing that could influenced to the real world. While his character developed in Guards Guards, he is the one who was developing other characters, including Cuddy, Detritus, Angua and even Captain Sam Vimes. Through the book I had noticed that it puts focus on racism and sexism the minute the new recruits cam in introduced by Carrot saying they are part of the Night Watch no matter who they are. Lets be mindful about trolls and dwarves are fictional creatures but the way other characters has been ridiculing each other due to different race and lifestyle that cause to start a war does reflect on what’s happening in reality.

For this reason, it made me focus on the partnership between Cuddy and Detritus that not only show that a dwarf and a troll can work together, but they have humor and wit, they learn from each other and they can work together really well. In fact, they stand up for each other against there own kind which shows bravery, particularly when the war between dwarves and trolls was starting, so I do love that kind of relationship.

Sam Vimes also gave us an insight on his retirement and his mid-life crises, trying to figure out if leaving the job and starting a new life by marrying Sybil is what he really wants, something that I think lots of adults can relate to the situation.

Then their is Angua, who is not only interested in Carrot and puts a light onto sexism, but also brings focus to how stray dogs live in Ankh-Morpork along with her new three legged friend Gaspode.

The crime of someone’s murder caused a war between guilds, dwarves trolls that wreak havoc in the city. So combine the murder mystery with British humour and wit, climax that certain characters have to deal with and talking dogs, you would have a hooking read and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, but first read Guards Guards so that you can follow up with the story.

I think it is better than the previous book so I am giving 5/5 stars.


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