The Light Fantastic

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The Light Fantastic
2012 paperback cover
2012 paperback cover; art by Josh Kirby
AuthorTerry Pratchett
Audio read byTony Robinson (Corgi)
Nigel Planer (Isis)
Colin Morgan (Penguin)
Cover artistJosh Kirby
Release number
PublisherColin Smythe, Gollancz/Corgi
Publication date
Preceded byThe Colour of Magic 
Followed byEqual Rites 

The Light Fantastic is the second Discworld novel, and the only direct sequel in the series, picking up from the cliffhanger ending of The Colour of Magic. It stars Rincewind and Twoflower, and notably introduces Cohen the Barbarian.


As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld has only one possible saviour. Unfortunately, this happens to be the singularly inept and cowardly wizard called Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world...

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2015-08-18 Radio Morpork “First (And Last) Among Sequels”
2016-10-23 Ankh-Morpork Public Radio “The Light Fantastic”
2018-12-15 The Death of Podcasts “The Light Fantastic”
2019-02-28 Wyrd Sisters “The Light Fantastic”
2019-12-01 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Exposition and Pineapple” (1/3)
2019-12-09 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “No, The Oven Blew Up” (2/3)
2019-12-16 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Let's Discuss Some Sins!” (3/3)
2020-01-14 The Compleat Discography “The Light Fantastic”
2020-06-17 Who Watches the Watch “Druids! Druids!” (1/2)
2020-06-24 Who Watches the Watch “This Luggage Eats TERFs” (2/2)
2020-08-26 The Disc-Course “Battle Royale with Mages” (1/4)
2020-09-09 The Disc-Course “A Voretal of Souls” (2/4)
2020-09-23 The Disc-Course “Wouldn't It Be Gneiss” (3/4)
2020-10-07 The Disc-Course “Raw Turtling” (4/4)
2021-01-06 Stuck on Arrakis “Discworld Book 2”
2021-01-11 Disc Coverers DCP 02a (1/2)
2021-02-02 Disc Coverers DCP 02b (2/2)
2021-06-08 Pratchat “Cosmic Turtle Soup”
2021-11-10 Nanny Ogg's Book Club “The Light Fantastic”
2022-10-20 I’ve Never Read Discworld “Book 2. THE LIGHT FANTASTIC”
2023-04-05 Northern Wind Fantasy Podcast “The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett - A Discworld Book Overview”
2023-12-12 Dining Table Discworld “The Light Fantastic”

Other appearances

Episodes where there's significant discussion of the book, but it's not the focus of the episode.

Date Show Episode External link
2012-06-08 The Pratchett Podcast “The Pratchett Podcast episode 7a”[1]
2021-03-18 Fiction Fans “The Light Fantastic & Cycles of the Phoenix”
2022-11-01 I’ve Never Read Discworld Bonus: “The Light Fantastic in Comics and TV”
2023-03-23 The Turtle Reads “Chood 'um Light Fantastic“[2]


  • Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic was the second of three two-part Discworld adaptations for Sky television made by The Mob. It combines the plots of The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic, bringing in the plot of the wizards hunting down Rincewind to recover the spell during the events of the first novel. It starred David Jason as Rincewind, Sean Astin as Twoflower, Tim Curry as Trymon and David Bradley as Cohen the Barbarian. Notably Jeremy Irons, Nigel Planer and Terry Pratchett also appear, with Christopher Lee as the voice of Death (having previously played the part in the Cosgrove Hall animated adaptations) and Brian Cox providing narration.
  • A comic book adaptation was published in four parts between June 1992 and February 1993. It was adapted by Scott Rockwell with art by Steven Ross. It was published as a collected volume by Corgi in 1992, and later in the hardcover The Discworld Graphic Novels along with the earlier adaptation by the same team of The Colour of Magic.

External links


  1. Post with info only; audio no longer available.
  2. Link direct to media file as The Turtle Reads has no website with episode information.