So, I’ve recently started reading Pratchett for the first time, and am currently on his third Discworld book, Equal Rites. One of the major premises, of course, is that young Eskarina Smith is the first female wizard on Discworld…
Except she’s not. In the very first book, we are introduced to Marchesa, a 15-year old “wizard of the fifth level” and Hydrophobe, from Krull. And, of course, she’s female.
Based on this Discworld timeline, the events of The Color of Magic are concurrent with Eskarina’s apprenticeship to Granny Weatherwax in Equal Rites. So it wasn’t a case of Equal Rites being set prior to The Color of Magic.
Was this apparent discrepancy ever resolved? Kind of a lame thing to get hung up on, perhaps, but there ya go.