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The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
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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.… (more)
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Title:The Shepherd's Crown
Authors:Terry Pratchett
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The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

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Bittersweet ending to the Discworld series. I salute you Sir Terry ( )
  Mary_Beth_Robb | Feb 4, 2020 |
too be added ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
Glorious. It's obvious he meant to circle back to some spots, but even his sketches are heartbreakingly wonderful. Thank you, Sir Terry. ( )
  laureenH | Aug 26, 2019 |
This book does a good solid job of finishing off the story of Tiffany Aching, as she moves from teenage witch to adult witch. Sections felt rushed, and there wasn't the cohesiveness of story that came in the other stories in the series, which might be because, as per the afterword "...it was, still, not quite as finished as he would have liked when he died...". Still worth reading though. ( )
  fred_mouse | Jun 2, 2019 |
I thought I had already said good-bye to Discworld, but when I spotted this on the shelf in a shop in London who was I to argue? 'Raising Steam' had been a let-down, and I'd frankly hoped that the rumors of another Discworld book would have meant one focused on the characters of Death and Susan Bones. I'd forgotten all about it and somehow missed the buzz of this book's release.

Tiffany Aching is a favorite of mine though, so a sequel to 'I Shall Wear Midnight' was a pleasant surprise. The time has come for Granny Weatherwax to move on and she leaves Tiffany Aching her cottage in Lancre, and with it her 'unofficial' position as head witch. Granny's death causes grief and consternation, to be sure, but it also sparks unhealthy ambitions in old enemies.

The main dilemma of the book, however, is the difficulty of striking a balance between a personal life and a private one. Also, where to draw the line of helping people before you allow yourself to ask for help. The afterword to the book gives some insight into Pratchett's writing style and a reader can see where areas would have been filled in if Pratchett had had the time. It is a solid book though, and in many ways stronger than the previous two Discworld outings.

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Previous: 'Raising Steam' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
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But in The Shepherd's Crown, I've come to realize what it is about these books that makes them so special and endeared them so well to Pratchett's own heart: it's their compassion.
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added by JerryMmm | editBoingBoing, Cory Doctorow (Nov 17, 2015)
 
But Shepherd's Crown is still recognizably Pratchett, from the giggle-fit-inducing footnotes to the stern moral message about selflessness, empathy and caring for others. And there's just as much of a moral stance in the way the book addresses the death of a longtime pillar of the Discworld: People around the Disc sense that something pivotal has happened. They stop to acknowledge the gravity of the moment. They pay their respects. And then they return to their lives.
 
Pratchett, with his sardonic inventiveness, social satire, play on language, deep feeling for landscape and love of what is best in human nature, had less critical praise than he deserved. His heroes and heroines are not royalty in disguise, but thieves, con-men, shepherds, soldiers and midwives. In his championing of the ordinary, the sensible and the slightly silly he went against the grain – and never more so than in creating Tiffany Aching.
added by melmore | editThe Guardian, Amanda Craig (Aug 30, 2015)
 
Above all, though, “The Shepherd’s Crown” — like all of Pratchett’s fiction — stresses the importance of helping others. Beyond this, I think that Pratchett’s farewell advice would be to follow his witches’ sensible principle: “Just do the work you find in front of you and enjoy yourself.”
 
Nothing in Pratchett stays still and his inventive energy, book after book after book, is astounding. Yet, as I say, the increasing complexity of the characters is accompanied by an increasing likableness as well as interest.
added by melmore | editThe Guardian, A. S. Byatt (Aug 26, 2015)
 

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Pratchett, Terryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilkins, RobAfterwordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidby, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robinson, TonyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tierney, JimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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