The Shepherd's Crown
The Shepherd's Crown
Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, and the fifth to feature the witch Tiffany Aching.
About the Author-
Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, was the author of more than 70 books, including the internationally bestselling Discworld series of novels. His books have been adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. In January 2009, Pratchett was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry, who lived in England, died in March 2015 at the age of 66.
Starred review from September 7, 2015
Pratchett's characteristic generosity is very much at the fore of this final Tiffany Aching tale, the last Discworld novel from the author, who died in March. Fans will also find plenty of other well-loved elements: exuberant wordplay, vaudevillian humor, the rambunctious blue-skinned Nac Mac Feegle, andâbeneath it allâa susurrus of shivery archetype and myth. The death of a powerful witch, an event most solemn and heartfelt, reverberates throughout the world and sets the crackling adventure in motion. Sensing a new weakness in the barrier that separates their realm from the Disc, the cruel elves of Fairyland prepare for an invasion. Meanwhile, Tiffany is stretched thin in her work as witch and all-around healer when her responsibilities expand to include a second community. At the same time, peaceful Geoffreyâa character new to the seriesâheads toward the town of Lancre with the aim of becoming a witch, though women traditionally hold that position. As Tiffany, Geoffrey, and others gather to combat the elvish incursion, Pratchett allows some longtime characters to reveal surprising new qualities, including the delightfully insufferable Letice Earwig ("pronounced ah-wij," of course) and Nightshade, Queen of the ElvesâTiffany's foe from her earliest adventure. Rather than tie everything up with a simple happily-ever-after, the ending leaves Tiffany poised to begin a new phase of adulthoodâone with the potential for adventures that are now up to readers to imagine. Pratchett's final work is a tour de force of compassion, great wit, and gleeful storytelling. He will be missed. Ages 13âup.
- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Fans will also find plenty of well-loved elements: exuberant wordplay, vaudevillian humor, the rambunctious blue-skinned Nac Mac Feegle, and-beneath it all-a susurrus of shivery archetype and myth. Pratchett's final work is a tour de force of compassion, great wit, and gleeful storytelling."
- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review) "There is something deeply suitable about the significant focus here on legacy and what is left behind. Savor this one; it's literally the last authorized book coming."
- George R. R. Martin "Terry was one of our greatest fantasists, and beyond a doubt the funniest."
- Neil Gaiman "A Terry Pratchett book is a small miracle."
- Patrick Ness "Discworld is one of the very most fabulous creations in all of literature."
- A. S. Byatt "No writer in my lifetime has given me as much pleasure and happiness."
- Rick Riordan "A writer of monumental talent."
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