Sir Terry is full of humorous quips and anecdotes, so when I read a story as dark as this one, it tends to make me proceed cautiously. I honestly have no idea how Tiffany didn't beat the daylights out of everyone, but I am happy I stuck it out through the blacker bits. Also, I cried at the end. Hooray for the best witch ever!
Saddened that there will be no more additions to this wonderful story. Rip Terry Pratchett
Fans of the Tiffany Aching books will no doubt enjoy this next progression in her journey to adulthood and role as witch of the Chalk. For such a centered and mature young lady at the outset of the book, Tiffany still has much to learn, but as always, she is more than ready for the challenge.
For those who have read other Discworld novels, you may enjoy the cameos of the City Watch and the triumphant return of Eskarina Smith as much as I did. Esk was first introduced and last seen in the third Discworld novel, "Equal Rites." As a point of reference, this novel is the 38th in the Discwold, so you can imagine how nice it is to see her return!
However, despite my happiness with the novel as a whole, I did take issue with the central villain, the Cunning Man. His motivations felt obscure and his attacks random. And while this may indeed have been intentional, perhaps as an echo of prejudice in general, the resolution did not seem satisfying. To compare, the Hiver in "A Hat Full of Sky" had a similar role in the novel, but had an arc resolution that both motivated and enriched the Hiver itself, but also Tiffany. With the Cunning Man, I didn't get the same sense of thematic connection.
Criticisms of the plot aside, Stephen Briggs continues to do a wonderful job narrating the Discworld, especially the Nac Mac Feegles.
All in all, I would highly recommend this to fans of Tiffany Aching (who would probably not even need more of a reason to listen to this anyway) but would not suggest anyone start their journey in the Discworld here.
I don't know I don't get to read much these days
The Wee Free Men, its another Tiffany Aching book, she's all grown up, and its hard to compare Sir Terry to any other author, he's just so unique.
I prefer Stephen Briggs for my Discworld books if I can at all manage it. He just nails it.
Not particular, its interesting, fun to listen to, and for re-reads it makes a great listen until you fall asleep book. .
We loved the narrators performance. Our lives are the richer for Stephen Briggs' Feegles (sp? the trouble with listening instead of reading). I could have done without the music between chapters, but that is a minor complaint in an overall delightful experience.
Tiffany is the best female character we've come across in literature. She doesn't rely on some powers granted to her out of the blue, but on her own good sense, courage, sense of duty, and kindness
We love the whole series and will look for more books narrated by Stephen Briggs
Tiffany, Rob Anybody, Granny Aching (even posthumously).
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Always thought provoking and entertaining, true to life: which is to say dire, beautiful and hilariously funny by turns, and sometimes all at once... Read perfectly by Stephen Briggs.
I always choose Stephen Briggs narrations first when buying Pratchett. Others disagree. I own almost all in download or CDs, and all the books. I Shall Wear Midnight is one of T P's fav books as well as one of mine. This book ties up a great deal and brings together most of the great witch characters for the big finale. And burping goats.