Thief of Time is the 26th book in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, and if you ever wondered about where the time goes, this is the book to read.
So what is it all about? It’s actually all about “Time”. The Auditors, the bookkeepers of the universe, have decided to commission the making of a clock that is so accurate that it will stop time itself. For various reasons not everybody is quite happy with this, it kind of messed up history the last time someone tried and the Monks of History had a hard time patching everything together afterwards. To stop them Death recruits his granddaughter, Susan, and also working to stop them are History Monk Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. While all this is happening Death is also trying to rally the Horsemen to ride out for the Apocalypse, a task easier said than done… This is also the book where we get to meet the fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse, the one that left before they got famous.
Confused? No wonder, but I can assure you that it’s a great read and Terry Pratchett shows us that he is still the funniest writer within the Fantasy genre. He has also created a great story with memorable characters and the way portrays the world he has created with Discworld is simply amazing.
Another thing that makes Terry Pratchett’s books stand out from most authors is his use of the language, he is simply a great writer and would be so whatever he choose to write. The book is full of philosophical tidbits that practically blow your mind, it’s just one sentence here and there but they’re just brilliant.
Reviewed by Dag Rambraut