The first of the Discworld novels, The Colour of Magic follows the adventures of Rincewind the Wizard (or Wizzard, as his hat proclaims) and Twoflower, the first Discworld tourist. Rincewind is charged with the care and protection of Twoflower while he visits the twin city of Ankh-Morpork. The rosy-eyed but somewhat inept tourist inadvertently causes the flammable parts of Ankh-Morpork to catch fire. Escaping the city, the travelers find that their adventure is only just starting.

The Colour of Magic(103265)Credit: Terry Pratchett, Sandra Kidby, PJSM Prints

Rincewind and Twoflower continue on their way, which we find out is actually a board game controlled by the Gods. The Lady holds the two adventurers as pieces against Fate, who is trying to kill them. Fate inflicts a series of disasters including the random appearance of a troll, some unpleasant tree-nymphs and even an appearance of the home of the Soul-Eater. Hrun the Barbarian, a somewhat dim-witted hero helps them to escape their impending doom.

Crossing the discworld, Rincewind, Twoflower and Hrun stumble upon the Wyrmburg, a magical area with limited barriers between reality and imagination. The area turns out to be hostile controlled by dragon masters. Rincewind and Twoflower need to fight for their lives to escape whilst Hrun is offered the position of husband to the daughter of the not-quite-dead dragon master. Twoflower with his exceptional imagination is able to create a dragon that aids their escape. As they fly out of the Wyrmburg’s range, back to reality, the dragon cannot be sustained and the two fall from the sky.

By a lucky and very interesting change in circumstances, Rincewind and Twoflower survive the fall. They reach the edge of the Discworld but are saved by the Circumfence (a fence around the edge of the disc). It turns out that Fate is still chasing the two travelers. They are taken to the seaside city of Krull as sacrifices to ensure the good luck of the spaceship The Potent Voyager. The Krullians plan to launch the ship to find out the sex of the giant turtle on which their world is placed.

The Lady appears giving Rincewind and Twoflower a chance to escape the path set out for them by Fate. They don the spacesuits meant for the space travelers. The Potent Voyager takes off as a group of men try to stop the launch. This only causes Twoflower to fall into the cabin with Rincewind locked outside. As the ship launches over the edge of the disc, Rincewind luckily lands on in a tree on the very Edge. The tree gives way as Rincewind is arguing about his death with a small demon, Scrofula. He falls … but what happens next? Find out in The Light Fantastic.

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The Light FantasticCredit: Terry Pratchett, Sandra Kidby, PJSM Prints