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Cover art by Josh Kirby
Publisher Victor Gollancz
Publication date June 1989
ISBN 0552134619
Pages 288
Main characters Teppic, Dios, Ptraci
Series [[:Category:|]]
Annotations View
Notes Book #07
All data relates to the first UK edition.


Being trained by the Assassins' Guild in Ankh-Morpork did not fit Teppic for the task assigned to him by fate. He inherited the throne of the desert kingdom of Djelibeybi rather earlier than he expected (his father wasn't too happy about it either), but that was only the beginning of his problems ...


Divided into four books:

Book I: The Book of Going Fourth
Book II: The Book of the Dead
Book III: The Book of the New Son
Book IV: The Book of 101 Things A Boy Can Do

Major Characters

Minor Characters

Cameos and Mentions

Things and Concepts

  • Wallgame, game played by assassins, involving edificing


  • Netherworld, where dead Djelibeybi royalty presumably goes

Sentient Species

Supernatural Entities

Roundworld mentions


  • The Ephebian god turning himself into a "golden shower" parodies Zeus turning himself into a "shower of gold" to impregnate Danae. "Golden shower", on the other hand, is slang for urinating on someone for mutual sexual pleasure. This is why the expression "raised interesting questions about everyday night life in sophisticated Ephebe" in Teppic's mind.
  • "THIS? IT'S A SCYTHE." - Death reaps King Teppicymon's soul with a scythe, even though he normally uses a sword for kings.

Corgi pb p116: note the typo of a very minor character's name: Prince Imtebos becomes Imbetos in the same line. Doesn't matter too much, as the prince never appears again... This error may appear only in the first few print runs of the novel (1989-90) as good authority advises me it's been corrected in later editions.

External links

Pyramids Annotations - The Annotated Pratchett File

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