Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
Polly, who works at her family’s inn with her widower father, cuts her hair to disguise herself as a boy and enlists in the army of her country, Borogravia. She’s trying to track down her older brother Paul, who enlisted himself in a burst of patriotism. Using the name Oliver Perks, she joins a unit run by the legendary Sgt. Jackrum, along with the bullying Corporal Strappi. She and other recruits, including a vampire, an Igor and a troll, are joined by a lieutenant who tells the entire company they are skipping training and going directly into war. Corporal Strappi turns out to be a coward and runs away, but the lieutenant plots a way for their small unit to infiltrate a fortress known as the Keep. Without giving away more of the plot, I can say this is another of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, with a few characters from other titles in the series. The book includes his trademark humor, intricate plot and marvelous characters. Readers who enjoy slightly offbeat novels will not be disappointed!
Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson