Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

The Shepherd's Crown: A Tiffany Aching Adventure by Terry Pratchett --- 276 pages

So this is it: the final Discworld novel by the late, lamented Sir Terry Pratchett.

Fittingly, it is a book about growing up and growing old. About saying goodbye and going on. Like Tolkien, like all the great writers of fantasy, Terry Pratchett did not merely invent his world. He opened the way into a world that was always there, waiting to be explored. Thank you, Sir Terry, for bringing us to that place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.

The Shepherd's Crown is the fifth book in the Tiffany Aching YA series, which also includes: The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight.

Sir Terry Pratchett OBE, was the auhtor of more than seventy books, including the international best-selling Discworld fantasy series. His novels have been adapted for the stage and film, and he was the winner of multiple awards, including the Carnegie Medal. Sir Terry was diagnosed with posterior cortical atrophy (early-onset Alzheimer's) in 2007. In January 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to literature.  He continued to write until the summer of 2014 when he finished The Shepherd's Crown. He died in March 2015 at the age of 66, at his home in England.

Click HERE  to read a review of The Shepherd's Crown. (Warning: Spoiler Alert)

Cleick HERE to read a review and an appreciation of Terry Pratchett by author A.S. Byatt. (Warning: Spoiler Alert)

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