The Colour of Magic (Discworld, #1)

TITLE: The Colour of Magic

AUTHOR: Terry Pratchett

SERIES? Book 1/41

GENRE/ AGE RANGE: Fantasy + Adult

TAGS: High-Fantasy

PUBLICATION DATE: November 24th 1983


Hey guys, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m coming at you with a new instalment in my Catching Up series!  This series is all about me trying to “catch up” on genre staples and trying to read some of the older books on my physical shelves! And today I’m talking about The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett, the first book in the Discworld series!


This month for my Catching Up series I decided to pick up book one in the Discworld series, The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett. I read Hogfather last year and loved it, so I decided to read the Discworld series from the beginning this year,  to see what all the hype was about!


My overall thoughts are that I really enjoy Terry Pratchett’s writing – I liked how he told this story and felt the same way when I read Hogfather in 2018. I also really enjoyed learning more about the Discworld. BUT, this book was confusing AF. I’ll definitely continue in the series and will probably re-read this at some point, but I don’t know when I’ll end up reading more by Terry Pratchett.


  • Writing style
  • Fun to read
  • Did make me laugh a bit
  • Absolutely absurd, but so much fun!

I love the whole idea behind this series. The fact that canonically in this series there is an entire world (The Discworld) held up by elephants, on the back of a turtle astound me. I love this – it’s so so strange but also makes so much sense! The characters and the stories suit that style so much and it’s honestly such a fun and interesting idea!

I enjoyed how original this book and The Discworld is so I will definitely be reading more of the series in the future!

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  • Confusing storyline
  • Weird audiobook narration style – echoey (not the whole time)

Pratchett is very intelligent and writes really interesting and clever ideas but, this one just didn’t translate for me. I think it’s meant to be an interesting and funny story about how Tourism can be a destructive force in the world. I think this story will be a favourite for a lot of people, especially for the people who enjoy older fantasy novels.

I don’t think this book was for me because I didn’t connect with any of the characters and I was confused reading it most of the time whenever it came to the actual world the characters were in. But, I do think I will continue on with the series over the next few years (in chronological order) because I’ve heard that around book 10 the books are a lot easier to read and Pratchett really gets into the feel of things with the characters and the series as a whole.




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    1. I read a few reviews and a few people said book 10 is a good place to start. Honestly, just read the synopsises of some of the books and decide on which ones sound most interesting!
      I recommend picking which book sounds most interesting and starting there and then maybe going back later on and reading book 1 if you need more context. Otherwise, you could probably find all the worldbuilding context online.

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  1. I’m a big Neil Gaiman fan, and an even bigger fan of the book he wrote with Terry Pratchett, “Good Omens”, so I guess at some point I have to read some Pratchett, eh? Great review!

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    1. I’ve been thinking about picking up a copy of Good Omens because I enjoy Gaiman’s ideas but I think I’ll pass on it and just watch the show!

      I hope you enjoy Pratchett’s individual works whenever you pick them up!

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  2. Holy crap, Book 1/41?! I knew there were a ton of books but I didn’t know there were THAT many. This is one of those series/authors that everyone always recs to me, but I honestly just don’t have any desire to check out, and it makes me feel weirdly guilty. 😂 I hope you like the next book better if you continue!

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    1. RIght??? Who said that was okay??? This is one of those series that if I like it, I’ll continue and probably finish reading the last book on my deathbed lol.
      I recommend checking out Hogfather around Christmas time because I loved it when I read it last year and I’m totally considering reading it again this year!

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    1. Haha, yes it’s a lot!! I think if I like the books, this series is going to be very slow going for me! I definitely won’t be trying to read the whole series in one year or anything!

      I agree with you, I’ve never actually seen a blog post involving one of his books which is interesting. Different circles maybe?


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