Length: 288 pages
Setting: various locations on Discworld, immediately following the events of The Colour of Magic
Interest: It’s the second Discworld book
Summary: Rincewind, Twoflower, and Luggage are rescued from the edge of the world by the Octavo, a powerful book of spells. Rincewind’s mind contains the eighth spell, and he has to be sure to say all the spells at the right time in order to prevent the destruction of Discworld. There’s a new, red star in the sky and no one can divine its meaning. The wizards do figure out it involves the Octavo, though, so they go searching for Rincewind. Rincewind has his usual series of accidental adventures in a magic forest, with druids, and with trolls, before getting back to Morpork. Once there, he has to fight off the new head of the Unseen University (the old one got eaten by Luggage) who’s gone mad trying to contain all the Octavo’s spells in his head, in an attempt to save Discworld. Twoflower and Luggage accompany Rincewind in all his adventures.
Final thoughts: This was such a fun, humorous book. The narrator provides lots of asides full of snark that made me chuckle regularly. Luggage is still his single-minded, awesome self. Poor Rincewind just wants to live a quiet life, but he keeps getting tossed in the middle of trouble. He does manage to actually do some magic, to his joy. Highly delightful and definitely deserves its great reputation. I think I liked it even better than the first book.
Title comes from: A quote from the book: “what was radiating from the book was the light that lies on the far side of darkness, the light fantastic.” It also apparently refers to a John Milton poem.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 65/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge
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