Definitely not my favorite Pratchett novel. Maybe its because Rincewind doesn't grab me as a character. Maybe its because the cultural satire didn't feel as subtle and deft. Maybe it's just that I've finally encountered a book that I can't read out of its proper order and still enjoy, but I just could not get into this story.Cohen the Barbarian was a bit of a saving grace and the book did pick up in the second half, in the final rush toward the climax of the story. That was very compelling and a little poigniant as well.