Author: Terry Pratchett
What it's about: When an island surfaces in the middle of the sea between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch, the two states go to war. In Ankh-Morpork, this means that the nobility can take over for the Patrician, leaving Commander Vimes of the City Watch in a lurch. He may not like Lord Vetinari, but he likes the nobility a lot less. What's more, one of his officers gets captured by Klatchians, and so he and the Watch ship out on a rescue mission and to just possibly prevent the war. Meanwhile, the Patrician has ideas of his own, and with the valiant assistance of Nobby and Sgt. Colon, he takes a little excursion of his own.
What I thought: This is the first book where Vimes and his crew leave Ankh-Morpork, and it's interesting to read about how the dynamics of their actions change when they're not in the city where they enforce the laws. The satire is pretty heavy in this book, like with all of Colon's casual racism and Lord Rust as the commander of the army. As usual, there are also some thinking points about power, law, and human nature, but also as usual, those things don't get in the way of the funny, complementing the humor instead. Also, the sections with Vetinari, Colon, and Nobby are some of my absolute favorites in the Discworld series because of how ridiculously funny they are.
Overall: A good, solid Watch book.