2011: 13. I Shall Wear Midnight

“Why was it, wondered Tiffany Aching, that people liked noise so much? Why was noise so important?”

I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett

          I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth, and likely last Tiffany Aching book, which means its our last chance to spend time with Tiffany, the witch of the chalk, and her companions, the wee free men - the brawling quasi Scot small blue troublemakers who follow her wherever she goes.  The book is as uniformly excellent as the previous three is the series (that would be Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith) and I, again, cannot recommend the series highly enough.  Here, Tiffany, who has become the official town witch, must deal with the fear that has somehow arisen in her home, making her witchcraft (which is really mostly just dealing with the hard things in life - the births, and deaths, and caring for the elderly, with a wee bit of magic now and then), suspect.  She needs to find the source of the terror before she - and the whole Chalk - suffers.  

         So, yes, its a bit about the whole witchcraft hysteria thing, which made me nervous, since that’s been played to death, but I should have known better and trusted Pratchett, because it’s so good and original, and its really about fear and growing up and trusting yourself.  And, yes, read these books.  They would be a great introduction to Pratchett and the Discworld, but mostly they are just great reads.

Categories:  Fiction, Young Adult

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