A Shivering of Worlds
Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad.
As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land. There will be a reckoning....
The Final Discworld Novel
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Fan of urban fantasy & Victorian gothic especially set in London. Oh, and Georgette Heyer.
I'm not entirely sure I can review this without becoming emotional. The whole book has an elegiac feel but Terry's humane vision shines throughout. Chapter 2 had me in floods of tears as a beloved character prepares for DEATH to pay one last visit. It's impossible not to feel this is Terry himself and, oh dear, I've set myself off again.
Anyway - I love Tiffany and the Nac Mac Feegles but the book also contains call backs to other books - particularly Lords and Ladies (one of my favourites). I'm so glad Magrat gets to channel Queen Ynci again.
Rob Wilkins explains in the afterword that it's not quite as finished as Terry wanted but I honestly don't think you can tell. Stephen Briggs does an excellent job narrating, as ever.
We were so lucky to have had Terry to show us our world and our better selves with wild imagination and laughter that never really hides his righteous anger.
I suppose you could read this without reading any of the other Tiffany Aching or witch books but why would you deny yourself the pleasure of getting to know this world and these characters.
Obviously the last words should go to DEATH, "WE ARE ALL FLOATING IN THE WINDS OF TIME … AND YOU HAVE LEFT THE WORLD MUCH BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT, AND IF YOU ASK ME, NOBODY COULD DO ANY BETTER THAN THAT." Indeed.
I think I loved most a story about death by a man who was himself dying. Indeed TP didn't give this book the final polish his other books got. Its none the worse for that.
The death of (spoiler alert)
The "handover" to Tiffany made me wonder if this book is a metaphor for Terry handing over Discworld to his daughter Rhianna?
Stephen Briggs is masterful and plays all the characters well - indeed better than the other actors who have read the books (much better than Tony Robinson). I like the subtlety of Nanny Ogg and the Kelda - who are not "hammed up"
Not in one sitting - but in 24 hours
Terry, we will miss you. I hope you are happy and I thank you r the happiness you brought us all!
As I wept and listened rivited to the plot from beginning to end as Stephen briggs brought every character to life in the exemplary way he has with sir Terry pratchetts amazing Discworld works of which I possess every sacred piece as they have enriched our families lives through the years the shepherds crown is a beautiful crowning piece I truly believe that not only granny aching but Granny weatherwax would say in their WORDS : THAT WILL DO and as Terry leaves us this crowning glory he can watch us from above with his head held truly high THANKYOU Terry and everyone involved with EVERY book I hold in such high esteem GOD BLESS YOU AND ANY FUTURE WOULD HAVE BEEN BOOKS WILL BE SADLY MISSED Mrs J B WILLIAMS.
It is a good story, with all the elements you expect. It is a good way for this series of books to end. It has the humor you expect, but it has the twist and sadness to. But it will leave you with a smile on your face
How can you compare Terry pratchett to anyone else.
He is the voice of the Discworld. If i think of a character, it is going to be with his voice.
I almost did not want to listen, knowing this is the last ever book. Laugh and cry, because of the story and because it is the end.
Will always be in my imagination.
As a recently retired "young" pensioner! I now have more time to read and listen to Audio Books as I renovate my house in Spain.
A good way to go out. Some parts were very moving and mirrored Terry's own situation. It was a good way for my favourite author and one of my favourite characters to meet the man with the white horse!
A continuation of the story of Tiffany and a goodbye to many of our favorite characters.
Terry managed to include many of his beloved creations in what he must have known would be his last discworld book.
A touching ending.
Not a stand alone novel. Please read the previous books first.
Waily, waily, waily!
Its a toss up between the Wee little men (Nac Mac Feegle) and Nanny Ogg - they're all good characters but they do stand out for me
Amazing - I love his impressions for the various characters
I couldn't do it, to rush this would have been unfair to Sir Terry. Not that I think he would mind overly one way or the other so long as it was enjoyed - which this was.
As most will find, the book does tug at the heart strings at the beginning and throughout but the comic aspect is not lost and it had me laughing a loud on several occasions. I know most feel its a shame we won't get any more books by Sir Terry (and it is, no doubt) but I think they are focusing on what could have been instead of appreciating a wonderful writer, his creative mind and most of all the sense of humor I always enjoyed with the Discworld series.
Truly a crowning achievement indeed (there will be many a pun on the crowning work).
If you like / love Discworld series then this is a must for your collection, good old wee belly rumbler.
I cried most of the way through listening to this book, partly because I knew it was the last of a long line of amazing books, the end of hearing about the antics of fabulous characters I have relished reading about and I cried for the loss of a creative mind Terry Pratchett.
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