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Book Review – I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld: A Tiffany Aching Adventure) by Terry Pratchett

Book Description:

It starts with whispers. Then someone picks up a stone. Finally, the fires begin. When people turn on witches, the innocents suffer. . . .

Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren’t sparkly, aren’t fun, don’t involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy.

But someone —or something— is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by her tiny blue allies, the Wee Free Men, Tiffany must find the source of this unrest and defeat the evil at its root — before it takes her life. Because if Tiffany falls, the whole Chalk falls with her.

Chilling drama combines with laugh out-loud humor and searing insight as beloved and bestselling author Terry Pratchett tells the high-stakes story of a young witch who stands in the gap between good and evil.

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And so we reach the end…  I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld: A Tiffany Aching Adventure) by Terry Pratchett is the last book in the YA fantasy series, and I just didn’t want it to end – I really strung out reading this one as long as I could 🙂 Now, I’m one of those people who delete all the books after I’ve read them on my Kindle (since all the books are in the Archive anyway), but this one? I’m keeping it (for sentimental reasons). I just felt this sense of complete satisfaction after I’d read it –  felt so good and happy inside, and even though I was sad to say goodbye to Tiffany and the Nac Mac Feegles, I was also content at where Tiffany and her friends were at when I reached the last page (and that’s a sentiment that I usually don’t feel about many series’ finales that I’ve read!)

In I Shall Wear Midnight, Tiffany is now sixteen and a full fledged witch catering to the needs of the people of the Chalk (i.e. basically, her duties include anything/everything no one else is able or willing to do). Surprisingly, she is also completely single and I spent much of the novel wondering what happened between her and Roland (the Baron’s son) who seemed destined to be her sweetheart and even served as her ‘hero’ in the previous book Wintersmith, but he, alas, is preparing for his wedding with someone else in this book. However, dealing with her pseudo-ex-boyfriend’s impending nuptials is the least of Tiffany’s problems – there’s a poisonous blight slowly crawling over Discworld and it’s directed against witches. There is a ‘Cunning Man’ who is fueling all the nasty whispers, evil thoughts, and fearful feelings – and Tiffany is heading for a showdown with yet another supernatural being…

There are so many things to love about I Shall Wear Midnight – the always irreverent Nac Mac Feegles, the castle guard Preston (a funny new character who will totally grow on you the way he did on Tiffany – I kept on wondering when Tiffany would get over Roland and just see that more interesting boys were around!), and to up the sentimentality quotient, so many of my favorite characters showed up here too – Commander Vimes, Captain Carrot, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, etc etc. Tiffany’s brief visit to Ankh-Morpork actually made me home-sick for it – and I suddenly felt this urge to re-read my entire collection of Discworld books!

Seriously, if you’ve never read any of Terry Pratchett’s books, try to read at least one. They are excellent, humorous but heartwarming and truly imaginative fantasy books, and I feel so lucky that I was able to grow up reading his Discworld series. I’m so happy that he’s been able to continue writing even with Alzheimer’s disease.

I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld: A Tiffany Aching Adventure) by Terry Pratchett is available on Amazon as a Kindle Edition ($9.99), Hardcover ($9.43), and Audible Audio Edition ($16.95).

You can also get the ebook at Barnes & Noble, Kobo books, Apple iBookstore.

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