By Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a respected place within the halls of parody subsequent to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.
In Equal Rites, a death wizard attempts to move on his powers to an 8th son of an 8th son, who's simply at that second being born. the truth that the son is really a daughter is came upon a little too late.
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Apparently the man had decided to play for both teams at once. We Others cannot serve the Light and the Dark at the same time. But for people it's simpler. That's the way most of them live anyway. Then . . then Victor's killing might not be a coincidence. Zabulon could have found out that Prokhorov was helping us and taken his revenge by killing Prokhorov's son. But not with his own hands, of course. Or the other way round. It was a sad thought, but Geser could have given the order to eliminate Victor.
Of course. But even so? ' Geser frowned. 'Twenty years ago the young man's father was identified as a potential Light Other. A rather powerful one. He declined initiation, and said he wanted to remain a human being. He sent the Dark Ones packing straight away. But he maintained a certain level of contact with us. ' I nodded. Yes, it was a rare case. It's not often that people reject all the opportunities that Others have. 'You might say that I feel guilty about Prokhorov senior,' Geser said.
No, I know you're going to London, but what for? To study? ' Egor snorted. 'Why not in Moscow? One stone jungle is the same as any other . . ' I asked, knowing what the answer would be. ' Now it was my turn to gape in surprise. ' Egor chuckled. Well, would you believe it! But then, it was an excellent disguise for an Other. Even for an uninitiated one - they still have minor powers that exceed normal human abilities. They're natural stage magicians and conjurors. ' I said sincerely. ' Egor sighed.
Equal Rites (Discworld, Book 3) by Terry Pratchett