I Shall Wear Midnight: The Fourth Tiffany Aching Adventure (Discworld Series #38)

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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 ...

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Overview

Winner of the 2010 Andre Norton Award

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 laughout-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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The final adventure in Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series brings this subset of Discworld novels to a moving and highly satisfactory conclusion. Tiffany, now nearly 16 years old, is forced to do battle with the hate-filled ghost of a long dead witchfinder, the Cunning Man, who has become obsessed with the young witch and is gradually turning her own community against her. As ever, Tiffany is ably supported by her loyal, intensely fractious, and totally amoral companions, the Nac Mac Feegles, whose leader, Rob Anybody, believes, "After all, ye ken, what would be the point of lyin' when you had nae done anything wrong?" She must deal with the heavy workload of a professional witch (birthing babies, training apprentices, and the like), fight evil, and come to terms with her former boyfriend's impending marriage. Pratchett's trademark wordplay and humor are much in evidence, but he's also interested in weightier topics, including religious prejudice and the importance of living a balanced life. Tiffany Aching fans, who have been waiting for this novel since Wintersmith (2006), should be ecstatic. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"He is a satirist of enormous talent... Incredibly funny, compulsively readable."
The Times

"Teen witch Tiffany is one of [Pratchett's] most formidable creations yet."
 —Time Out

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"At once touchingly poignant and uproariously hilarious, this novel is a splendid goodbye to a batch of characters who will be missed by readers who still must admit that, with this fourth volume, their stories have been well and thoroughly told"—
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“At once touchingly poignant and uproariously hilarious, this novel is a splendid goodbye to a batch of characters who will be missed by readers who still must admit that, with this fourth volume, their stories have been well and thoroughly told”—
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“At once touchingly poignant and uproariously hilarious, this novel is a splendid goodbye to a batch of characters who will be missed by readers who still must admit that, with this fourth volume, their stories have been well and thoroughly told”—
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“At once touchingly poignant and uproariously hilarious, this novel is a splendid goodbye to a batch of characters who will be missed by readers who still must admit that, with this fourth volume, their stories have been well and thoroughly told”—
Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
Prachett has created a humorous and mysterious novel about a girl, Tiffany Aching, who is a witch and has been bestowed with the honor of protecting the area known as Chalk. She does not have as much experience as other witches but is determined to do her best for those who are needy when random fires begin to break out in the area. She does not have full control over what is happening but is directed by a very wise sage to The Wee Free Men. With their aide she begins to work to uncover and defeat the evil that has been plaguing the villages. Pratchett has great insight into Tiffany's emotional turmoil and brings her to life in a beautiful way, showing her growth as a protector and the depth of her love for the people she is destined to protect. This is the fourth book in a series about Tiffany Aching but the sixth in the series about The Wee Free Men. Tiffany has grown through her series and this is the culmination of her discovery of herself and her ability to stand up for the people of Chalk to defeat evil with good. There is a fabulous mix of old world setting and ideals with modern thinking. A great fantasy-mystery. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
VOYA - Timothy Capehart
At eight years old, she whacked the Queen of Faerie with a frying pan and saved a future Baron. At eleven, she defeated the mind-destroying Hiver. At thirteen, she had to fend off the advances of the Wintersmith (an eldritch god-sort-of-spirity thing) and save the world (again). Now at very nearly sixteen, Tiffany Aching is considered the witch of the Chalk region, and she has the no-time-for-sleep schedule to prove it. But that's what being a witch IS: taking care of the people in your steading, all the rest is press-on warts and cackle-boxes. Tiffany is confused when those people start turning on her, and rumors, innuendo, and lies are accepted as truth. The Cunning Man, what's left of the evil spirit of an ancient witchfinder, has been awakened; and he's coming for Tiffany. As if that were not problem enough, the old Baron is dying and the baron-to-be (who all assumed would marry Tiffany) has a soppy fiancee...and a monstrous mother-in-law-to-be. Though the Nac Mac Feegles (Tiffany's small, blue, brogue-spewing protectors) mean to be helpful, they often just add to the chaos (often through bloodletting). Pratchett rounds off the Tiffany Aching adventures with what is likely the final volume (she is an adult now); though fans may be sad at that, there's nary a one who will be disappointed with this thrilling, humorous, moving and most wise tale that examines religious intolerance, memory, and loss without ever straying from Pratchett's trademark witty wordplay. Reviewer: Timothy Capehart
Library Journal
Pratchett's fourth—and final—book to feature young witch Tiffany Aching (The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith) is a delight from start to finish. The trademark Pratchett humor is in full force along with the classic elements of a witch, a royal wedding, a royal funeral, a trip to the big city, and an ominous villain. Comic relief comes in the form of frequent appearance by the Nac Mac Feegle (who would not be out of place in a farcical miniproduction of Braveheart) and everyone's favorite randy old hag, Nanny Ogg. A character from early in the "Discworld" series makes a cameo appearance, and we meet a new character, the learned young man Preston. As usual, Pratchett makes wise and wry observations about human behavior, for example, "poison goes where poison's welcome" refers to the mob mentality.Verdict YA and adult readers who like strong heroines and classic tales will enjoy this volume, which is sure to be in demand by Discworld fans.—Amy Watts, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens
Library Journal - BookSmack!
Another witch story, this time starring Pratchett's plucky Tiffany Aching. Tiffany made her debut in The Wee Free Men (2003), in which she saved her brother from an evil queen and discovered her true calling as a witch. Three books later, she is the Witch of the Chalk, performing good works and keeping in check the baser instincts of her faerie friends, the Nac Mac Feegles-small, blue kilt-wearers best known for drinkin', fightin', and stealin'. She is unprepared for the coming of the Cunning Man, an energy that turns people against their witch. The villagers' respect turns to suspicion and hostility, leaving Tiffany to find who unleashed the Cunning Man's force and save herself from the flames. Pratchett's final foray into Tiffany's parcel of his Discworld is a sometimes bittersweet meditation on betrayal and forgiveness. Angelina Benedetti, "13 Going on 30", Booksmack! 10/21/10
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—This is the final adventure of the young witch, Tiffany Aching, and her obnoxious, fawning, and yet lovable small blue companions, the Nac Mac Feegles. In many ways it's a coming-of-age novel, as Tiffany is now on her own. Known as "The Hag O'the Hills," she spends her time tending to the messy, menial, everyday things that no one else will take care of, such as fixing bones or easing the pain of a dying man. But as she tries to serve the people of the Chalk hills, she senses a growing distrust of her, and a loss of respect for witches in general. Along with the Nac Mac Feegles, she has to seek out the source of this growing fear. Tiffany discovers she may have been responsible for waking an evil force when she kissed the winter in Wintersmith (HarperTempest, 2006). The Cunning Man is in need of a host body and is searching for Tiffany. Pratchett combines gut-busting humor and amusing footnotes with a genuine poignancy as Tiffany tries to decide what her future should be. Fans of the author's "Discworld" (HarperCollins) books will enjoy the connections with the larger series, particularly the inclusion of Granny Weatherwax. Simply put, this fourth and final book in the series is an undisputed triumph.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO
Kirkus Reviews

Ask Tiffany Aching, and she'll tell you: It's not easy being a witch, especially when you're only almost 16 years old.

It can't be easy being Terry Pratchett, either, an author known foremost, perhaps, for his screamingly funny Discworld novels, of which this is the latest. Beneath everything he writes, however, even as he has readers howling helplessly with laughter, is a fierce, palpable love for his fellow human beings, however flawed they may be. A love that causes Tiffany over and over to square her shoulders beneath her pointy black hat and do what's needful.

He throws a lot at Tiffany, who crashed spectacularly into her calling when she armed herself with a skillet and, at the age of nine, ventured into Faerieland (which is not nearly as nice as it sounds) to steal her brother back from its Queen (The Wee Free Men, 2003). Here he challenges her with the Cunning Man, a centuries-old disembodied hatred that seeks ignorance and uses it—"Poison goes where poison's welcome"—against witches.

Themes of memory and forgetting run throughout this tale. Books preserve all memories, even the ones better consigned to oblivion. The Cunning Man is resurrected when Letitia, Tiffany's erstwhile swain Roland's fiancée (Pratchett confronts her with this betrayal, too) summons him inadvertently when trying to work a spell against Tiffany. But one of the Cunning Man's MOs is wanton book burning, a calculated obliteration of memories.

Witches, arguably, embody the accumulated wisdom of their craft, while the Cunning Man is a collective memory of evil. He operates by playing on fear and causing the common folk to forget what their witches have done for them. Tiffany must remember everything she's gleaned from all the witches who have trained her to defeat him, and the key is a childhood memory the old Baron shares with her on his deathbed.

It's not all heavy stuff. Pratchett leavens Tiffany's passage into adulthood with generous portions of assistance from the Nac Mac Feegle, the six-inch-high blue men whose love of boozin', fightin' and stealin' is subordinate only to their devotion to Tiffany, their Hag o' the Hills. When they utterly destroy the King's Head while on an errand for Tiffany, they rebuild the pub—back-to-front, rendering it the King's...oh, crivens, never mind.

And even as he demands more and more of Tiffany—her beau engaged elsewhere, her old Baron gone, the people of the Chalk turned against her—he gives her an army of friends and someone who loves words as much as she does, someone who, like Tiffany and, one suspects, the author himself, knows that "forgiveness" sounds "like a silk handkerchief gently falling down."

A passionately wise, spectacularly hilarious and surpassingly humane outing from a master.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780552164115
  • Publisher: Corgi Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Series: Discworld Series , #38

Meet the Author

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pratchett a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.

Biography

Welcome to a magical world populated by the usual fantasy fare: elves and ogres, wizards and witches, dwarves and trolls. But wait—is that witch wielding a frying pan rather than a broomstick? Has that wizard just clumsily tumbled off the edge of the world? And what is with the dwarf they call Carrot, who just so happens to stand six-foot six-inches tall? Why, this is not the usual fantasy fare at all—this is Terry Pratchett's delightfully twisted Discworld!

Beloved British writer Pratchett first jump-started his career while working as a journalist for Bucks Free Press during the '60s. As luck would have it, one of his assignments was an interview with Peter Bander van Duren, a representative of a small press called Colin Smythe Limited. Pratchett took advantage of his meeting with Bander van Duren to pitch a weird story about a battle set in the pile of a frayed carpet. Bander van Duren bit, and in 1971 Pratchett's very first novel, The Carpet People, was published, setting the tone for a career characterized by wacky flights of fancy and sly humor.

Pratchett's take on fantasy fiction is quite unlike that of anyone else working in the genre. The kinds of sword-and-dragon tales popularized by fellow Brits like J.R.R. Tolkein and C. S. Lewis have traditionally been characterized by their extreme self-seriousness. However, Pratchett has retooled Middle Earth and Narnia with gleeful goofiness, using his Discworld as a means to poke fun at fantasy. As Pratchett explained to Locus Magazine, "Discworld started as an antidote to bad fantasy, because there was a big explosion of fantasy in the late '70s, an awful lot of it was highly derivative, and people weren't bringing new things to it."

In 1983, Pratchett unveiled Discworld with The Color of Magic. Since then, he has added installments to the absurdly hilarious saga at the average rate of one book per year. Influenced by moderately current affairs, he has often used the series to subtly satirize aspects of the real world; the results have inspired critics to rapturous praise. ("The most breathtaking display of comic invention since PG Wodehouse," raved The Times of London.) He occasionally ventures outside the series with standalone novels like the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, a sci fi adventure sequence for young readers, or Good Omens, his bestselling collaboration with graphic novelist Neil Gaiman.

Sadly, in 2008 fans received the devastating news that Pratchett had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. He has described his own reaction as "fairly philosophical" and says he plans to continue writing so long as he is able.

Good To Know

Pratchett's bestselling young adult novel Only You Can Save Mankind was adapted for the British stage as a critically acclaimed musical in 2004.

Discworld is not just the subject of a bestselling series of novels. It has also inspired a series of computer games in which players play the role of the hapless wizard Rincewind.

A few fun outtakes from our interview with Pratchett:

"I became a journalist at 17. A few hours later I saw my first dead body, which was somewhat…colourful. That's when I learned you can go on throwing up after you run out of things to throw up."

"The only superstition I have is that I must start a new book on the same day that I finish the last one, even if it's just a few notes in a file. I dread not having work in progress.

"I grow as many of our vegetables as I can, because my granddad was a professional gardener and it's in the blood. Grew really good chilies this year.

"I'm not really good at fun-to-know, human interest stuff. We're not ‘celebrities', whose life itself is a performance. Good or bad or ugly, we are our words. They're what people meet.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Terence David John Pratchett
    2. Hometown:
      Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 28, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
    1. Education:
      Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Once again, Pratchett delivers.

    For those familiar with the works of Pratchett, you will not be disappointed. For those new to Discworld, it will leave you wanting to know more of not only the backstories of the characters in this book, but other inhabitants that make Discworld a favorite escape from reality for millions of Terry Pratchett fans worldwide.

    This is the first of his works that I have read on my Nook, so it took me a second to figure out how to access the footnotes that Pratchett utilizes in every book of his that I have read. You have to wake up your touch screen, then touch the circle on the right side to select the footnote. Once it is read, you touch the circle again to take you back to the page you were reading.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

    Best of the Tiffany Series and best book in the Discworld recently!

    I was able to receive a UK copy of this fro a friend and finished this today. WOW! I honestly cannot think of one part of this book that was a let down. The whole book flowed from begining to end. The action was very well paced, and I must say very dark for a Young Adult novel, but that is the good thigabout Terry's work. He knows that young adult are just that young adults. As he stated in Theif of Time, kittens and puppies grow up to be cats and dogs, so kids need to have more adult material to help change their minds, to hlp shape them into the adults that they will become. And a bit of a spolier here that is what this book is about. Changing the way people think, perfect topic for Young Adults, but no even for Young Adults for Adult Adults as well.

    It seems that some characters might be coming to an end, but others are rising to take their place. It is nice to see old characters coming back into the series after so long away. I want to say more, but don't want to give away too much.

    What is really sad is the cover art of the books since on the UK covers there is a HUGE HINT as to the ending of the book that s lost with the US covers. I think the artists in the US should be fired and just spend the money and get Kidby's cover art on th book. I think the money that they mae from Terry's work would give them more than enought for that, and they would make even more.

    But as I said a GREAT book, and most definately worth a second, third, fourth, fifth..... reading. When this is released I wil buy i for my nook and I might wear out the screen reading it so much.

    Also, when it is stated that this is the last Tiffany book I do not thin that we have seen the last of Tiffany. Just like this and othe novels (especially with this novel) characters keeping coming back for cameos. Plus is you look a Stephen King when he said that he would write no more Dark Tower novels, now there will be a 8th book in the works I do not thing an author can never say never! I hope so Tiffany is a hell of a character and not to write about her would be horrible.

    Buy this book and enjoy many many times!

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  • Posted August 29, 2010

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    a terrific entry that will have readers fully engrossed in the exciting story line

    Trained in witchcraft by experts like Nanny Ogg (unofficially in this case that is), Tiffany Aching has become the Witch of the Chalk. Being young and wanting fun with and without witchcraft, Tiffany understands her responsibility to perform the spells to help those in need although she gains no acclaim as she does her work diligently in secret. Adding to her discomfit is reactions of the normal are rarely what she expects them to be.

    However while at a fair feeling like a fool tied to her broom; just like the little kids with balloons, Tiffany senses something is not right. Soon people begin to assault witches for no apparent reason beyond their normal fear of the witches. She and her miniscule belligerent intoxicated pals, the Wee Free Men, begin to search what is playing on the trepidations of people towards witches. Needing help, she journeys to Ankh Morpork to meet with Roland, the baron's heir and with a shopkeeper before returning to confront whatever evil is stalking the Chalk.

    Targeting teens, the fourth Aching fantasy (see The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith) is a terrific entry that will have readers fully engrossed in the exciting story line. Yet the tale also ponders deep philosophical issues of esteem, fitting in (or not) and it's okay to be different and to a degree alone while making a strong case to speak up if you are domestic abuse victim. All that and more without decelerating and linked to the Discworld saga; fans of that great satirical series will also relish Tiffany's coming of age final test escapades

    Harriet Klausner

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    Posted June 18, 2012

    Jennie #$% made me!

    Its got me it it so how bad can it be?

    By Rob Anybody Feegle

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    Posted December 27, 2011

    As with most of Pratchet's work, you get glimpses into the truth of people in a wonderfully engaging way. A fitting conclusion for the intrepid and human yet witchy Tiffany Aching.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    A masterfully fitting end ...

    Tiffany Aching refuses to wear midnight-the dark colors traditional for witches. And though she is growing older, she also refuses to give up the seemingly innocent ways of her people. But when evil looms, she is forced to don the mantle of her craft and stand against the darkness.

    The fourth and final book of Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series leads the young witch through physical and personal mine fields, accompanied by the loyal and obstinate Nac Mac Feegle-an army of tiny blue, rowdy, drunken pixies. Not yet 16 years old, Tiffany is now the official witch of the Chalk, her pastoral home region, and must uphold the duties expected of any adult witch. She understands the vagaries of her people, but lacks many of the experiences of her older sister witches.

    Something wicked walks the world however. An evil spirit is turning the people against their witches, and it may be Tiffany's fault. When the beloved Baron dies, and Tiffany is blamed, her tenuous standing among the inhabitants grows even more strained. By the customs of her profession, and to prove her abilities to care for her land, Tiffany must stand alone to fight against the Cunning Man, an ancient Omnian witch-hunter returned from the dead. How she fares in this battle decides not only her place among the witches and her people, but also the fate of the world.

    Like Douglas Adams and Tom Holt, Pratchett has long been known for his ability to intricately weave social and personal issues with laugh-out-loud humor in a style often unique to British authors. The 38 books of his DiscWorld series have touched upon seemingly every social issue, all while steeped firmly in an outlandish and hilarious fantasy world. And while his Young Adult Tiffany Aching series contains all of these, I Shall Wear Midnight seems especially poignant and insightful. Whereas the first book in the series, The Wee Free Men, introduced a nine-year-old Tiffany and her minuscule band of blue fighters, she was a more innocent, wide-eyed child, who slowly grew through the next two books. In Midnight, however, Tiffany experiences personal moments that all who have suffered the strains of such insecurities have felt. And it is up to her to find the strengths within to overcome the terror-to walk through the flames and accept the Midnight we all must wear, without being consumed by its darkness.

    I Shall Wear Midnight is a masterfully fitting and strong end to this series within a series. While it may leave one longing for more adventures of Tiffany and her friends, its resolutions and inspirations confirm that, wherever her journeys may lead, Tiffany and the wee free men will clomp, shout, and muddle through just fine.
    - Danny Evarts
    This review originally appeared in Shroud Magazine Issue #10, Oct. 2010

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

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    Somewhat Bewitching

    I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

    Tiffany Aching is a witch. A pointy hat witch with no warts but never-the-less she is a witch. She demonstrates to her peers and constituents that she is a competent witch.

    Knowing the loyalty of the legions of Pratchett fans, I am suffering some trepidation in writing this post. I liked the book, I didn't love it! It seems like everything written by Pratchett is reviewed with many !!! exclamation points. I found the book entertaining. I enjoyed the wit and the characters. The homilies were well done and thought provoking. I thought it would be most appropriately characterized as a young adult book. I am aware that Pratchett's work is satirical.

    It was a fun but unchallenging read. Some sound, basic psychology was used by Tiffany and her new beau (who will remain nameless until you read the book, because I hate spoilers). I thought it was good light weight summer book.

    I recommend the book.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

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    this book has made me a terry Pratchett fan. Others are bett

    this book has made me a terry Pratchett fan. Others are better at reviews than myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Great series, great book

    As witty and hilarious as ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    For the more mature teenager or adult Pratchett fan.

    I don't have any children, but I'll read anything by Terry Pratchett that I can get. Even though this series is for younger readers I've thoroughly enjoyed the whole collection. When I first started reading Wee Free Men I pictured my nieces reading the series too, but by the time I got to this book I had decided that some of the subjects and scenarios in this, the last book in the Tiffany Aching set, might only be suitable for my teenaged niece. This book is the most emotionally challenging and mature of the series, but it still has plenty of Discworld humor, and lots of characters from the main series, including the Lancre witches and the Ankh Morpork Watch. This is a must have for the Discworld fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Great

    I'm not going to say much because this book is too good to spoil and besides I'm tired from just waking up. An amazing conclusion. Glad to see Esk after almost thirty years. I say thirty years even though I'm sixteen, because that's how long ago equal rites was written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    A great read

    This book is definetly not a disappointment

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  • Posted November 8, 2011

    Highly recommend

    Great book. Love Tiffany series

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

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    Sad to See it End

    I am glad to see that even with his illness Sir Terry Pratchett can still write a fun romp in the Tiffany Aching Series.

    Tiffany is back and she has trouble, when she kissed winter in The Wintersmith she woke up something evil and it is now after her. The Feegles are back to in all their glory Crivens I love these little blue guys! It was also a bit bittersweet knowing this is the final Tiffany Aching story and you could feel that in the ending. I will miss this series!

    This is and always will be one of my favorite fantasy series these can be read totally separate from the Discworld Series, however since Tiffany went to Ankh-Morpork there was some fun name dropping if you have read all those books.

    If you haven't read the Tiffany Aching Series what are you waiting for? Go get it!

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    the book for fantasy lovers with a hint (or more) of halarity

    I really do like this series. I started outreadingthis book because it was recomended to me, but after I finished I discovered that this is the fourth and final book in the Tiffany Aching Series. Make sure that you read the books in orderbecause once I went back and read the series in order I found mysef confused about this book. I understand the plotbut I'm nit sure what the character means when she says she will wear midnith...oh well. This book is great for fanstasy lovers and is very captivating. This series is actually part of a largerseries of about 35 books that have to di with magic. Tiffany Aching is not a character in those books. My understnding is the the other larher series is for adults while this series is for middle schoolers. Now back to this book... It gives a wholenew meanung to witchcraft. Instead if witches turning men into frogs, or having warts, this book tells how a witch only percorms magic to remove pain from a dying person or to create a fire and spread warmth throughout a person or room. My favorite of this series is the first book: the wee free men and the second is a hat full of sky andthe third is wintersmith nd finally the fourth is this book. Fewwwwwwwwww.......that was a long review even though the limit is a few thousand words, now that's a lot.

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

    Great finish to a great series

    Although these books are best experienced as audiobooks read by Stephen Briggs, reading them is quite an experience, also. Start with the hillarious Wee Free Men.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

    Highly Recommended - Tiffany Aching stories are all excellent

    Tiffany is a well-realized character in an established and mature world. These stories add texture and depth.

    In I Shall Wear Midnight, Pratchett looks again at the complex topics as well as the simple humor.

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

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    Pleasant

    This was my first experience with Discworld, and thus also my first experience with Tiffany Aching, and it was overall a quite enjoyable experience. The book stood alone well, and while I could tell there were quite a few references to events in previous novels (both in the Tiffany Aching series and in the larger Discworld series) they didn't get in the way of the story being told and didn't seem to spoil anything if I decide to pick up the earlier novels. (At least, nothing more than the jackets would have spoiled for me anyway.)

    It's very definitely aimed at young adults (say 10-12 and up), with its teenage protagonist dealing largely with the issue of learning to act as a thoughtful independent agent. The Discworld setting was there as backdrop, but largely irrelevant to the story at hand, and while there were comic moments, particularly with the Wee Free Men, this was not a laugh-out-loud sort of book. It was focused on several themes common (but nonetheless vital) to young adult novels: finding your place in the world, thinking before you act (especially if you are short on sleep), and most importantly not standing idly by while those around you suffer. It also sounds a stern warning not to get caught up in the madness of crowds. And, impressively, all of those themes were well served, because Pratchett makes sure that the reader sees that there are no Bad Guys, just people reacting (often without thinking) to the people and circumstances around them.

    Tiffany is a good heroine, strong-minded and action-oriented, but with a knack for self-reflection and enough humility that she quickly owns to her own mistakes and errors of judgment. I particularly enjoyed the fact that, unlike most heroines, she was expected to stand on her own two feet, and there was no one waiting in the wings to save her if she fell. This was unfortunately undercut by a mild love story that, while not in any way objectionable, simply didn't feel like it belonged in the tale of such an independent character. However, what was lacking in that department was made up by two very strong central images (the title and the hare) that Pratchett wove throughout; they are what I will take away from the novel long after I've forgotten (though not totally forgiven) its little bit of soppiness.

    So all in all, a solid, well-paced and well-written work of fantasy for younger readers.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

    Trite, at best

    Over written to the point that the plot was buried.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2010

    Highly recommended title of the Tiffany Aching series

    This latest look at Tiffany and her "chalk" part of the disckworld includes a trip to the CITY and showes how her skills have grown.

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