My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the 8th Discworld book and the start of the City Watch sub-series. Having read a bunch of the later City Watch books it was fun to learn the 'origin stories' of some of my favorite characters. This book was also an excellent adventure with dragons and damsels to be rescued. It was also filled with Prachett's usual wry observations of the world. It even had a romance (I omitted the name to avoid spoiling things).
"And then it struck ___ that, in her own special category, she was quite beautiful; this was the category of all the women, in his entire life, who had ever thought he was worth smiling at. She couldn't do worse, but then, he couldn't do better. So maybe it balanced out. She wasn't getting any younger but then, who was? And she had style and money and common-sense and self-assurance and all the things that he didn't, and she had opened her heart, and if you let her she could engulf you; the woman was a city. And eventually, under seige, you did what Ankh-Morpork had always done--unbar the gates, let the conquerors in, and make them your own."