When the island of Leshp suddenly emerges from the sea halfway between Ankh-Morpork and Al Khali, the capital of Klatch, the two countries both want to claim it for strategical reasons. The weather vane pops up first and it doesn’t take long to see which way the wind will blow.
In a nutshell, Leonard of Quirm designs among other things a,’Going- under- the -sea- safely’ device. Vetinari resigns, and most of the City Watch resign as well. Commander Vimes is promoted, Angua is wolfnapped. There are international incidents, preparations for war, and an assassination.
Can war be prevented? Can Vetinari resume his position? What happens to Leshp? What becomes of the City Watch? Is Angua rescued?
This book is not as funny as most of Pratchett’s books, though there are some funny moments like Corporal Nobbs in his harem outfit, while exploring his feminine side. The poor old demon in the dis-organizer Mark II. It gets it wrong again and again. It just can’t seem to keep its appointments straight.
This book is Pratchett’s quirky look and indictment on war, mob rule,politics, nationalism, diplomacy, and land disputes.
As usual Pratchett’s books are an enjoyable read. I love all his characters, and the more you read about their adventures in the various books, the more you come to like them. They are like old friends, full of faults, quirks and eccentricities, but still loveable.