By Terry Pratchett
"May you reside in fascinating times" is the worst factor one could want on a citizen of Discworld -- specially at the surprisingly unmagical sorcerer Rincewind, who has had a long way an excessive amount of perilous pleasure in his existence. but if a request for a "Great Wizzard" arrives in Ankh-Morpork through provider albatross from the far flung Counterweight Continent, it's he who's despatched as emissary. Chaos threatens to persist with the upcoming death of the Agatean Empire's present ruler. And, for a few incomprehensible cause, a person believes Rincewind can have a mythic function within the battle and wholesale bloodletting that would definitely happen. (Carnage is pretty well a given, given that Cohen the Barbarian and his super aged Silver Horde are busily formulating their very own plan for looting, pillaging, and, er, taking a look wistfully at girls.) besides the fact that, Rincewind firmly believes there are too many heroes already on the planet, but just one Rincewind. And he owes it to the realm to maintain that one alive for so long as attainable.
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