Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett
When the 37th Lord d’Eath dies, his oldest son Edward, who has just graduated from the Assassin’s Guild school, sells what’s left of the d’Eath estates and enrolls in the post-graduate course at the Guild school. He conducts extensive research, although he’s not sure what he’s looking for, until the day he meets Corporal Carrot of the Night Watch on the street of the city of Ankh-Morpork. Cpl. Carrot, a human orphan raised by his adoptive dwarf parents, has come to Ankh-Morpork and joined the guard. He has a positive outlook on life and believes the best about everyone. At the same time Captain Sam Vimes is leaving the watch to marry Lady Sybil Ramkin, a rich woman who spends her days at the Sunshine Sanctuary for Sick Dragons. While Captain Vimes loves Lady Sybil, he is regretful about leaving the Guard and even more hesitant about having to socialize with the upper level of Ankh-Morpork society. When a series of mysterious and unexplained murders starts happening, coupled with Edward d’Eath’s belief that Cpl. Carrot is really the rightful king of Ankh-Morpork, the Guard has its hands full investigating, especially since they are training new recruits, including a troll, a dwarf and a werewolf. Fans of Pratchett’s phenomenal Discworld series will love this episode. Newcomers to the series will enjoy this introduction. In the end, everything makes sense in typical Discworld fashion.
Review by Ellie Goldstein Erickson
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