My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the third book in the Discworld series and the first in the Witches sub-series.
It begins with the arrival of a great wizard in a village where the birth of the eighth son of an eighth son is occurring. The wizard is dying and passes his power, and his staff, to the infant in the last moment of his life. There is one small hitch with his plan though: that eighth son was a daughter.
This novel was an entertaining adventure, as the daughter sets out to be a wizard despite the "fact" that girls can't be wizards. It was also very funny. Pratchett has a wonderful way of backing into familiar phrases.
“The lodgings were on the top floor next to the well-guarded premises of a respectable dealer in stolen property because, as Granny had heard, good fences make good neighbours.”
This book counts toward the Turtle Recall challenge.