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.
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.
Yes - excellently performed and brilliant story. Accessible to everyone not just Terry Pratchett fans.
Stephen Briggs really seems to get the pace, irony, wry humour and above all the uplifting underlying message of Terry Pratchett and it shows in his performance
Tiffany looking at Granny Weatherwax's boots and deciding not to put them on because she doesn't feel ready yet - we've all experienced that moment when we truly become adults and are suddenly dumbfounded at the responsibility.
I don't think any Pratchett fan will go into this book devoid of emotional attachment and I'm pretty sure that the fact that this is the last ever disc world book will colour my review. That said, what a high note to go out on! This pulls together many of the loose discworld threads and delivers a very satisfying conclusion. In the same way that Raising Steam pulled together a lot of threads from the city/ grand folk side of things, The Shepherd's Crown looks at the smaller but no less important lives of the country folk. Seeing discworld for the last time through the eyes of the witches was the perfect way to go. As well as being a thumping good read, this also gently prods us to look Death in his kindly skeletal face and accept him as part of life, to examine the necessity of being kind as much as you can, of respecting each other and helping each other. Of trying to reach accord with enemies with whom you think you have nothing in common, that you have demonised because they have done monstrous things. Not that this book lectures - like the witches it teaches by example.Tiffany is an excellent character to close on. She's grown up and feels the full weight of her responsibility now. She is unsure of herself and whether she can fill the gap left behind by the death of another character. It is the uncannily accurate portrayal of a young person really committing themselves to the life they have chosen that makes this even more poignant. And of course there are laughs aplenty too because life is afterall very funny, even in its tragic moments. I know everyone has their own Discworld access book - the one that got them in - and their own discworld peak book - after which the writing couldn't get any better, although some feel it suffered. I really became a fan comparatively late. I haven't yet read all the books (maybe 20 or so) and perhaps Pratchett wrote better than this, but I doubt he wrote more wisely. I realise that parts of this book have had the help of the editorial team because he simply couldn't finish it as much as he wanted, and we are told this frankly. I still think this is one of the best books of Pratchett's I've read. Somehow all the themes I most loved came together here. Highly recommend this whether you are a Pratchett fan or not.
I will say I got the audio book of this as I knew being such a huge fan of discworld for over 20 years this book was going to be tough for me to read. so to stop having soggy pages decided stephen Briggs could read it to me. so glad I did. With out giving to much plot away this ended up being a very good last book in a way part of you wonders if he knew it was going to be the final book. We get a chance to say goodbye to a lot of familiar characters in more than one way. such a fitting end to an era. although I know I can re read all the tales is such a blow knowing there is no more new discworld world books my kids can buy me for Christmas. well read especially knowing that must have been hard for him reading his friends last book. thanks
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 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!
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