Book of the Week

REVIEW: Feet of Clay


Author: Terry Pratchett

Ages: 12+

Two mysterious deaths of old and insignificant men, a secret society of ceramic slaves, the poisoning of the nearly undefeatable Lord Vetinari, an ancient vampire with proof that Nobby Nobbs – technically human and with a certificate to prove it – is the Earl of Ankh-Morpork, and the first openly female dwarf the Disc has ever seen… the Watch has a lot to deal with.

At first glance, Feet of Clay does not seem to be about the City Watch, but thankfully it is. It is one of the books telling of the processes of allowing sapient creatures into society (and, usually, the Watch). This time the ‘sapient creatures’ seem to most of society to be, effectively, clay machines that are able to communicate (using a slate) with the rest of the world. It explains a lot about the golems that is not explained in following books, eg. Going Postal (maybe I should have read them in order).
Feet of Clay has a fascinating, twisted and complex plot but it is not impossible to follow. It is humorous, clever and insightful. It will give you a lot to think about afterwards, as most of Terry Pratchett’s books do.


See more of my reviews of Terry Pratchett’s books here (this is my 18th Discworld review. Only 23 to go…)


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