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The Shepherd's Crown: Gift Edition (Discworld Novels) Hardcover – 25 May 2017

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (25 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857535498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857535498
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.1 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,273 customer reviews)
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"This isn’t just a great Discworld book, it’s extraordinary . . . A magnificent sign-off." (Kat Brown Daily Telegraph)

"From the shadow of dementia, a brilliant novel shines: Terry Pratchett's last book is a funny, fearless farewell . . . This is a book worth reading twice in quick succession." (Christopher Stevens Daily Mail)

"A joyful sign-off from a master of fantasy fiction . . . High-octane literary enjoyment." (Nicholas Tucker Independent)

"Terry Pratchett was never so witty, direct and generous as in this, his final Discworld novel." (Amanda Craig Guardian)

"The Shepherd’s Crown is a sometimes sad, often funny and eminently suitable testament to the life and career of Terry Pratchett." (David Barnett Independent)

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The fifth and final book in a series of Discworld novels starring young witch Tiffany Aching. Now in a brand-new gift hardback edition.

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I didn't want it to end. I bought this book the moment it came out and instead of reading it straight away, as I have with every other Discworld book, I left it half a year because I knew that once I had finished it, that would be it – no more Discworld novels, no more Terry Pratchett stories left to read. I have spent most of my life looking forward to Terry's next masterpiece, reading it cover to cover in the shortest amount of time that work and life allows and then looking forward, the cycle beginning again, to the next one. So I put off reading it as long as I could manage, just so I would have it to look forward to.

Until one day I realised I could wait no longer.

I don't wish to give spoilers so I'll tread carefully around the plot, as one major part of it came as a poignant surprise for me, but the main story – as you will naturally have guessed from the cover – revolves around the young witch Tiffany Aching, and – although it could be said of any Tiffany Aching novel that that's the one in which she comes into her own, in this one she really does, and it's clear that this is the book in which she becomes what was clearly Terry's long term vision for her, and that was a gratifying thing to realise.

Sadly, it was clear for me reading this book that although – as indeed Rob Wilkins acknowledges in the afterword – it has a beginning, a middle and an end, it is not the complete work that we all know it would have been if Pterry had more time on this particular mirror of worlds.
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The Shepherd's Crown is the final Discworld book and the last book Terry Pratchett wrote before he died. In many ways, I wish I hadn't read it. Terry died before it was fully complete, and it really shows. I had said I wouldn't read it because I always wanted to be in a position where there was at least one Discworld book I hadn't read. Terry Pratchett was hugely influential in my life, and it's probably true to say I wouldn't be in the position I am now if it wasn't for the Discworld books, for many reasons. It felt good to know there was one title I hadn't read. It worked better in that capacity than it did as an actual book. In the end it was just too tempting to crack it open.

It did start off very well, and Tifffany Aching is one of my favourite characters of the Discworld books. And it had so much early promise. Unfortunately it fizzles at the end - it sets up a great final act that never lives up to expectations. There's no real tension, no real challenge, and the ending is never really in any doubt. There's an interesting story of expectations met and unmet, and the social cost of success and attainment. But it gives way to a half-hearted retelling of Lords and Ladies, which eventually gives way to an equally half-hearted retelling of I Shall Wear Midnight - two books which are immeasurably better than this one.

It's rare I finish a book and think 'I wish i hadn't read that'. It was nice to return to the Discworld for a new adventure, but it wasn't worth giving up the warm glow of knowing there was always more Discworld to enjoy. Because now there isn't. :-/
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Ah, the very last Terry Pratchett and a farewell not only to the author but to one of his most endearing characters, Granny Weatherwax who sets her affairs in order, cleans the house, weaves her own coffin and meets Death as an old friend, leaving her cottage, her boots and her steading to young witch Tiffany Aching. This is not much of a spoiler as it happens right at the beginning of the book and sets everything else in motion.

Tiffany is a powerful young witch, yes, but stepping into Esme Weatherwax's shoes (while not giving up her own steading on the chalk) is a very big step and there are some senior witches, particularly Mrs Earwig, who would deny her the opportunity. Indeed, people are always underestimating Tiffany. She's young, working class, she comes from the chalk, not from Lancre (and chalk is 'soft') and her kind of witching largely consists of going round the district dealing with births and deaths and cutting old men's toenails because that's what needs doing. And that's what a witch does. It's not flashy magic, in fact, it's not always magic, but it's what's needful.

Tiffany has allies. Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax's long time friend, knows that Tiffany wouldn't have been named as her successor unless she was worthy, and the Nac Mac Feegles, the Wee Free Men of the first Tiffany book - a cross between miniature Scottish Nationalists, Glasgow boys on a Saturday night out, and Braveheart extras with double woad - are her staunch supporters and protectors. And then there's Geoffrey, the boy who wants to be a witch, and Tiffany's long distance boyfriend who is learning to be a doctor in Ankh Morpork at the Lady Sybil Free Hospital.
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