Terry Pratchett joins up with a leading folklorist to reveal the legends, myths and customs of Discworld, together with helpful hints from Planet Earth. Most of us grew up having always known when to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly some of these things are beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, and fairy tales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got here. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings, which on Earth are creatures of the imagination like vampires, trolls, witches and, possibly, gods are real, alive and, in some cases kicking, on the Disc. InThe Folklore of Discworld, Terry Pratchett teams up with leading British folklorist Jacqueline Simpson to take an irreverent yet illuminating look at the living myths and folklore that are reflected, celebrated and affectionately libelled in the uniquely imaginative universe of Discworld.
The Grave Eater is everything and anything. She is a woman. She is a monster. She is mythology. Several people construct her body out of ivory. She moves between dreams and realities. She screams when she is happy and laughs when she is sad. She eats guilt and shuns food. Everything is stolen from her. She barely has a home. She is simply the Grave Eater. She finds purpose in cemetery dirt.
“A fantastic tapestry woven around wholly believable characters.” – Fantasy Review
A dark and powerful fantasy from the bestselling author of Ender’s Shadow.
Enter the city of Hart’s Hope, ruled by gods both powerful and indifferent, riddled with sorcery and revenge. The city was captured by a rebellious lord, Palicrovol, who overthrew the cruel king, Nasilee, hated by his people.
Palicrovol, too, was cruel, as befitted a king. He took the true mantle of kinghood by forcing Asineth, now Queen by her father’s death, to marry him, raping her to consummate the marriage. [But he was not cruel enough to rule.] He let her live after her humiliation; live to bear a daughter; live to return from exile and retake the throne of Hart’s Hope.
But she, in turn, sent Palicrovol into exile to breed a son who would, in the name of the God, take back the kingdom from its cruel Queen.
A ranch girl becomes a Cinderella when her brother's future in-laws take over her house for a month to plan a wedding. Losing her mother at birth, hasn't prepared Winifred to cope with the rat, the brat, the cat or the usher who sends chills up her spine. Then she gets a Fairy Godmonster by mistake. One who flies a Harley, has a magic whip and insists on staying in the attic with her.
Callie is shocked when she is ripped from her home in the middle of the night. She is taken to a city that she never knew existed only to find that she has a strange connection to her sexy captor. To top it all off, he tries to convince her that she is not even human. She learns that she is actually a fairy. Not just any fairy, but a fairy who has been destined to become queen of the fairies.