Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett

Sourcery is a fantasy book by Terry Pratchett. It was published in 1988 and it is the fifth book in the Discworld series.

The story follows the wizard Rincewind who appeared in the first two Discworld books. He has to deal with the problems created when a young boy named Coin, the eighth son of an eighth son, and the most powerful wizard in the world tries to take over the world.[1]



Sky TV planned to make a TV version of the book, although these plans were never completed.[2]



Several newspapers praised Sourcery for its humour. The Daily Mail said Sourcery was the "most entertaining science-fantasy discovery in many years", whilst The Guardian said "One turns with relief … to the stylish magic of Sourcery."[3] However it was criticised for its "lazy" plot[4] and for being "muddled".[5]


  1. "Sourcery - Terry Pratchett - Paperback". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher.
  2. "Terry Pratchett's Discworld: revisiting the Sky adaptations". Den of Geek.[permanent dead link]
  3. Smythe, Colin. "Sourcery".
  4. "SF REVIEWS.NET: Sourcery / Terry Pratchett ☆☆☆½".
  5. "Book review: "Sourcery" by Terry Pratchett". 14 March 2018.