The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Fantasy, science fiction, humor and magic mix together in this wildly inventive tale of Rincewind, who has failed his wizard’s training at Unseen University. Through complete coincidence Rincewind finds himself traveling around Discworld w/Twoflower, who has come as a tourist to the city of Ankh-Morpork from the Counterweight Continent. They escape from Ankh-Morpork as the city begins to burn from a fire they were involved in, only to continue encountering threatening characters and situations. Rincewind keep panicking at the danger they’re in, while Twoflower treats each episode as a grand adventure. In addition Twoflower brought with him Luggage that has legs, follows him through all his travels and attacks anyone who tries to steal any of its contents.
As the first title in Pratchett’s celebrated Discworld series, The Color of Magic provides hints of the zaniness to come in more than two dozen titles. Even readers who have read other books in the series will enjoy this introduction to the physical characteristics of Discworld and those who live on it.
Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson