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The 160 pages cover the series' longest and most awesome (but still comic) journey yet, a mission to save all Discworld from a new threat. An old threat, actually. Aged warrior Cohen the Barbarian has decided to go out with a bang and take the gods with him. So, with the remnants of his geriatric Silver Horde, he's climbing to the divine retirement home Dunmanifestin with the Discworld equivalent of a nuke--a 50-pound keg of Agatean Thunder Clay. This will, for excellent magical reasons, destroy the world.
It's up to Leonard of Quirm, Discworld's da Vinci, to invent the technology that might just beat Cohen to his goal. His unlikely vessel is powered by dragons, crewed by himself and two popular regular characters, and secretly harbours a stowaway. Before long we hear the Discworld version of "Houston, we have a problem..."
Kidby rises splendidly to the challenge of painting both funny faces and cosmic vistas. As Pratchett puts it, The Last Hero "has an extra dimension: some parts of it are written in paint!" New characters include Evil Dark Lord Harry Dread, who started out with "just two lads and his Shed of Doom", and a god so tiresome that his worshippers are forbidden chocolate, ginger, mushrooms and garlic.
Pratchett's story alone is strong and effective, with several hair-raising frissons contrasting with high comedy; Kidby's paintings make it something very special. Don't miss this one. --David Langford
“ ‘We have zip, zing, vim and a go-getting, can-do attitude.’ “
I realised I had not read this Terry Pratchett Discworld book before, so looked it out. Read more
not the biggest fan of graphic novels, the artwork needs to be spectacular to really do much for me, and this isn't, but it's a nice little Cohen story anywayPublished 17 days ago by Tom
As always with Terry Pratchett, absolutely fabulous, laugh out loud all the way.Published 1 month ago by Lyn
Bought as a 1st ed/1st print as part of a set from Shedlight Books in Hampshire, an excellent source of these Pratchett books for enthusiasts - very good condition throughout the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stuart Bell
Not so easy to read as other disc world books but most enjoyable.Published 3 months ago by Mary Bray