A Novel of DiscworldBook - 2013
New York Times bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett makes Death a central character in Mort, his fourth sojourn to Discworld, the fantasy cosmos where even the angel of darkness needs some assistance.
When inept, but well-intentioned Mort gets only one offer for an apprenticeship--with Death--he can't exactly turn it down. But Mort finds that being Death's right-hand man isn't as bad as it seems--until he falls back to his old, bumbling ways.
With more than 80 million books sold worldwide, Pratchett has solidified his place next to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams as one of the top satirists of all time. Mort offers readers an unlikely set of heroes and a comical, yet poignant look at life through the lens of its antithesis.
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Mort is not a very smart boy, his father suggests that he takes an apprenticeship, after no of the other masters want him he is chosen by Death. Death teaches him the ways of transitioning people to the other side, so he lets Mort take the reigns of Binky (death's mount) and takes the day off. Mort is doing well until he must attend the assassination of a young princess he had previously observed. He goes rogue and does not kill her and rips reality in two. He realizes that he must stop reality from catching up to itself or she will be gone forever. Mort and Death don't seem to realize it but they are switching places and Mort is becoming more like Death and Death is becoming more human. After Mort decides to bring the princess and her wizard back to the home of Death to avoid reality, there ensues a duel between Death and Mort, wherein Ysabell Death's daughter reveals her love for Mort. Mort forgets about the princess who escaping reality and the resulting death of her assassin in the duel must now live up to the reality she escaped from (confusing i know). Mort falls for Ysabell as well and the ending of the novel is their wedding.
'In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can't refuse -- especially since being, well, dead isn't compulsory. As Death's apprentice, he'll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won't need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he'd ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.'
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