Night Watch - Terry Pratchett

Night Watch

By Terry Pratchett

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 217 Ratings


"Night Watch turns out to be an unexpectedly moving novel about sacrifice and responsibility, its final scenes leaving one near tears. . . Terry Pratchett may still be pegged as a comic novelist, but . . . he’s a lot more.” — Washington Post Book World

Getting knocked back in time thirty years, Sam Vines, Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch experiences a day like no other in which past, present, and future collide with hilarious—and poignant—results in this rollicking Discworld adventure from Terry Pratchett

One moment Commander of the City Watch Sam Vimes is chasing a murderer across the rooftops of Ankh-Morpork. The next, he’s lying in the street below, naked—and back in his own tough past thanks to a lightning strike and a group of meddling, time-manipulating monks.

It’s a dark Discworld that is all too familiar. Worse, the cop-killing psychopath he’d been pursuing has been transported back with him, and it’s the eve of a deadly street rebellion that took a few good (and not so good) lives. Vimes is determined to do his duty— track down the murderer and change the outcome of the rebellion. By changing history he might just save some worthwhile necks, and steer a novice watchman straight—an impressionable young copper named Sam Vimes.

But if he succeeds, Sam knows it could cost him the future—including the job and the family he loves.

The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Night Watch is the 6th book in the City Watch collection and the 29th Discworld book.

The City Watch series in order:
Guards! Guards!Men at ArmsFeet of ClayJingoThe Fifth ElephantNight WatchThud!Snuff


  • One of the best

    By Someone who hates nicknames
    I have read over half of the Discworld series and find this to be one of the best. It's sentimental in the right ways, funny, smart, all the best that these is bout Sam Vimes and the watchmen's thread of the Discworld series. And it mixes in a bit with the wizards, which is nice!
  • A book for our day; a book for America

    By Captain Smokeblower
    Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it, but then so are the rest of us. The problem with revolutions is we're revolting. Unlike Lord Vimes we don't know how tomorrow will have judged us as we live today, but neither did he in a real sense. The best we can do is look, listen and study. There is right and it doesn't claim to be Right. If we think for ourselves, as opposed to letting others tell us they are the source of right, we, our lives, will ring true. That's the book, but Terry Pratchett says it much better, though you'll take longer to come away with the message by reading the book. Perhaps that's necessary so it sticks with us longer; sinks deeper into our being. You can come away after reading this book feeling akin to several of the Watch. Yes, you want to be the hero, but if you stand for what's right, protecting those who are attacked, then you're doing your job as a citizen where ever you live.
  • A must read

    By Grona
    Very awesome, funny, and witty. A must read.