By Terry Pratchett
Welcome to Guards! Guards!, the 8th booklet in Terry Pratchett’s mythical Discworld series.
Long believed extinct, a great specimen of draco nobilis ("noble dragon" in the event you do not comprehend italics) has seemed in Discworld's maximum urban. not just does this unwelcome customer have a bad behavior of charbroiling every little thing in its course, in really brief order it's topped King (it is a noble dragon, after all...). How did it get there? How is the original and ultimate inn of the Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon evening concerned? Can the Ankh-Morpork urban Watch repair order – and the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork to power?
Magic, mayhem, and a marauding dragon...who may ask for something more?
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