Men at Arms - Terry Pratchett

Men at Arms

By Terry Pratchett

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 231 Ratings


“Unadulterated fun.”—San Francisco Chronicle

The fate of Ankh-Morpork and the Discworld itself rests on the unlikely shoulders of newly promoted Corporal Carrot and his hapless charges in the City Watch in this wildly wacky Discworld novel from the legendary New York Times bestselling author Terry Pratchett.

Corporal Carrot has been promoted and is now in charge of the new recruits guarding Ankh-Morpork from Barbarian Tribes, Miscellaneous Marauders, unlicensed Thieves, and other dangerous Discworld denizens. It’s a big job for an adopted dwarf keeping the likes of young coppers Lance-constable Cuddy (really a dwarf), Lance-constable Detritus (a troll), Lance-constable Angua (a woman) and Corporal Nobbs (disqualified from the human race for shoving) in line.

Especially since someone in Ankh-Morpork has been getting dangerous ideas about crowns and legendary swords, and destiny—which points its crooked finger again when an ancient document reveals that Ankh-Morpork has a secret sovereign . . . and his name is Carrot.

It’s the beginning of the most awesome epic encounter of all time (or at least all afternoon), in which the fate of a city—indeed of the universe itself!—depends on a young man’s courage, an ancient sword’s magic, and a three-legged poodle’s bladder.

The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Men at Arms is the 2nd in the City Watch collection and the 15th Discworld book.

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


  • Good but flawed

    By Go-Fett
    Good read at a good price. Standard Pratchett Diskworld goodness except I am not a fan of his anti-gun message in the evil gonne plot device.
  • Best Pratchett

    By P.Wheeler
    I began reading the Discworld series with Men at Arms, and it remains my favorite of all Pratchett's books.
  • Humor Incarnate

    By DiscworldTraveler
    Terry Pratchett knows how to make you laugh at something both ridiculous and thought provoking. His varied knowledge shows a well rounded plethora of comedy that will keep you buying his books until you have read and own them all. Buy this book for a true crime and punishment story of hilarity.