Book Review – The Shepherd’s Crown

Title: The Shepherd’s Crown

Author: Terry Pratchett

Format: Hardbook

Year Published: 2015

When Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer, we all knew this day would. The last Pratchett book. No more Ankh-Morpork, Tiffany Aching, the Watch. Death. I’m not going to go into too much detail – a friend was spoiled for the start and I won’t do so. (Also, I think I may be too close to the knowledge that this is his last book to give it a fair review.)

The Shepherd’s Crown is the last of the Tiffany Aching books, and it starts with a gut-punch. As the events roll on from that, Tiffany, her friends, the witches, and (of course) the Nac Mac Feegle find themselves facing an old enemy: fairies.

As Tiffany takes on responsibilities she never expected, she is also trying to rehabilitate the Queen of the Fairies, now deposed from her throne, while missing Preston (her beau) and herding a new-wanna-be-witch-in-training – Geoffrey.

The book held together well, but there were times I felt it was missing that Pratchett charm, the little sly bit of humor that reminded you of the hilarity in the world. I also felt that the big battle at the end seemed to go rather too easy, and hope that it would have been more complicated had Pratchett been able to finish editing the story the way he wanted to.

Still, though it squeezes my heart to know that it is the last, well done. 4/5 stars.


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