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The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld Novels series) by Terry Pratchett. Read online , or download in secure EPUB format. Terry Pratchett: The Shepherd's Crown Description A shivering of worlds. Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can. Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, and the fifth to feature the witch Tiffany Aching.
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Read "The Shepherd's Crown" by Terry Pratchett available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. Terry Pratchett's final Discworld. Download at full speed with unlimited bandwidth PDF EPUB The Shepherd's Crown - Tiffany Aching - Terry Pratchett Download EBook just one. The Shepherd's Crown - Discworld Novels 41 by Terry Pratchett. Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany.
Perhaps that would have fixed and fleshed out all this book could have been.
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Especially Tiffany and Preston. And Esk and her son whom I was so hoping would turn out to be Geoffrey but no. There was so much gender discourse in this book but again not fully developed and explored as it would have been in other circumstances. And it did occur to me how eerily Pratchett seemed to be counselling us about his own death, guiding us through the grieving process for him.
That comforted and hurt me at the same time. I'm glad we got this plot. But I grieve the lack of characterisation and depth, everything I love so much about Pratchett's writing.
The embuggerance in its inexorable silence. Sep 01, Lindsay rated it it was amazing. Ignore the star rating. Like many other people reading the last book of a deeply loved and missed author, objectivity is impossible. Tiffany Aching comes full circle, taking on the elves again, but this time as the leader of the Discworld's witches instead of as the newest. But she has allies. The last couple of books of Pratchett's have been sad, both in terms of being obvious goodbyes to his world and characters, and the obvious diminishing of his craft.
The ideas are still there, and much of th Ignore the star rating. The ideas are still there, and much of the humor, but the writing is like someone described a Pratchett novel to another writer.
But while it's sad, I don't care. Most of these latter novels have been an unexpected gift, and I'd rather have them than not. Jan 18, Rachel Kalanadi rated it really liked it Shelves: After finishing this, I caught myself thinking about the next Discworld book So many more stories that will never be told, and it makes me ache.
I've spent half my life reading Discworld books. The Shepherd's Crown is a good farewell. It's not as strong or polished as it could have been let's not talk about could have beens , but it has the feel and the flavor of Tiffany Aching, the Chalk, Nac Mac Feegle, and Granny Weatherwax in its bones. Jul 05, Jennie Rigg rated it really liked it. I can't be coherent about this.
I just can't. I cried so hard between pages 37 and 41 that I had to put the book down and go do something else. It's not perfect, and if you read the afterword you'll understand why: I do like the way Pratchett, as he always has, acknowledges that most people perceive gender essentialism as normal and natural while absolutely celebrating those of us who don't.
Pratc I can't be coherent about this. Pratchett has always been political with a small p and this book is no exception, but some of the ideas are not as elegantly expressed as we are used to. All that said: This also feels emotionally right as a last ever Discworld book. It's just I've been reading Pratchett for over 25 years and I haven't - can't - come close to accepting that he's gone yet.
Mar 12, Lauren Deaner marked it as to-read. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. Part of me is crazy excited over the fact that there's another Tiffany book, and the other part is just confused and worried because I Shall Wear Midnight was such a perfect ending.
Aug 27, Andrea added it Shelves: The Shepherd's Crown brings to a close both Tiffany Aching's witch arc, and the Discworld as a whole. Like Raising Steam, it is about the arrival of a new era, and the fading of the old.
Sadly, like Raising Steam, it is not Pterry at his height. It starts powerfully, but the novel as a whole is a sketch, a half-finished painting, where events come and go without the emotional heights and depths that should accompany them.
Particularly the arc of Nightshade, which should have been an extremely pow The Shepherd's Crown brings to a close both Tiffany Aching's witch arc, and the Discworld as a whole. Particularly the arc of Nightshade, which should have been an extremely powerful one if there'd been more time and it had not been painted with such broad strokes. But it still brings about the changing of the guard appropriately, and we can see the novel this was meant to be.
There will never be another. But the Great A'Tuin swims onwards, and I am grateful for the journey. I discovered Discworld at age I used to read entire Pratchett novels in a day and burned through the series in no time. I was a Discworld fanatic. My love of the series continued through high school and into my 20s, though something had changed at the tu I discovered Discworld at age My love of the series continued through high school and into my 20s, though something had changed at the turn of the century: Terry Pratchett had become respectable.
The change began with The Amazing Maurice, which was anything but an amazing read. Still, Night Watch came out a year later, possibly the darkest Discworld book and a superb novel, and I thought things were back to normal.
Discworld is a series divided into characters: Rincewind, The Witches, The City Watch, and Death all had recurring stories, even Moist von Lipwig had a couple of books, with the rest of the numbers being made up with occasional one-offs.
Then, following Night Watch, came the worst addition to the Discworld ever: But evil is stirring in the other realm as the Elves decide to reassert their power over the humans — the witches must unite to stop the invasion!
Discworld witches are sort of like country doctors and Tiffany spends most of her time zooming from farmhouse to farmhouse birthing babies, healing wounds, looking after sick animals, etc. Ah, well. I suppose the events at the start felt appropriately gloomy enough for a last book. Gods bless, Sir Terry. View all 6 comments.
T Description: There will be a reckoning. Death and Granny Weatherwax talked and I felt a lump in my throat. Thank you for twenty-five years of fun, RIP Pterry. Aug 27, J. Bebbington rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Every single human being alive today!
I cannot write a full review right now, as tears - of both sorrow and mirth - are still pouring down my cheeks. I shall write a full review, and it shall be the finest I have ever written.
It will be a glowing tribute to a golden book by a man whose writing changed my life. It was stunning, glorious and heartbreaking. A grand finale and a fitting swan song from one of the greatest writers of this -and the last- century. Here is my completed review.
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It was so fresh in my mi I cannot write a full review right now, as tears - of both sorrow and mirth - are still pouring down my cheeks. It was so fresh in my mind that I had to film it rather than write. Aug 29, Gabriel Clarke added it Shelves: I'm not rating this. For many reasons, it makes no sense to think about this above all the other Discworld novels in that fashion.
Best read as a basically unfinished but heroic sprint for the finish line.
Aug 25, Denis rated it it was amazing. I knew I was going to cry while reading this book, from the moment I read the dedication. And I did. A lot. Reading it you get the feeling that the author knew it would be his last book, and pulled out all the stops to bring his readers closure and joy. Pratchett is such a great loss to literature, he had so many more books in him - but then again, he has left behind such a brilliant body of work, and I look forward to re-reading it many more times.
Words fail me to describe how mu I knew I was going to cry while reading this book, from the moment I read the dedication. Words fail me to describe how much I love this book.
It is far better than I remembered. Aug 12, Paul Bowler rated it it was amazing. This really isn't a five star book, but I can't bring myself to give Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel anything but five stars. If you've read every other Discworld novel, then you're going to read this. If you're new to Discworld, then read the other forty plus books first. As for the plot.
Death makes an early appearance. I'm bereft. Dec 25, Natlukens rated it really liked it. RIP Sir Terry, sad that this is to be your last book in the series.
I don't think it's possible for me to write an objective review of The Shepherd's Crown. As someone who has been a fan of Terry Pratchett for over 20 years I think it's fairly obvious to say that I went into this final Discworld novel feeling very emotional.
We all know that we lost Terry Pratchett too soon, he was truly one of the best British fantasy writers and his voice will be deeply missed.
I'll always be grateful that we have so many of his books though and I'm very pleased that he was ab I don't think it's possible for me to write an objective review of The Shepherd's Crown.
I'll always be grateful that we have so many of his books though and I'm very pleased that he was able to give us one final adventure before he left. The Shepherd's Crown isn't quite as polished as his other stories, it states quite clearly in the afterword that Terry hadn't quite finished working his magic on this book.
It definitely has a beginning, middle and end but there are parts you can tell have had more polishing than others and there were definitely a few threads that I felt sure Terry would have expanded upon if he'd had the time. While this hasn't quite been finished it's still a wonderful story and I do think it would have been his best Discworld book yet if he'd been able to complete it. It was certainly the most poignant book and it's the only one in the series that has made me sob my heart out as well as laugh out loud.
I expected to feel sad after reading The Shepherd's Crown but I wasn't quite expecting the story to be as heartbreaking as it was. It's hard to talk much about why without giving spoilers so I'll just leave it that there is a devastating loss of one of my favourite characters within the first couple of chapters.
This particular character has a wonderful, poignant and heart wrenching conversation with Death and I couldn't help but think about Terry while reading it. Those two pages of this book were absolutely priceless to me and I think they probably give a little insight into how Terry was feeling about his own battle with illness. They certainly touched me deeply and I'm tearing up again now just thinking about it.
Tiffany has come a long way since she started her witch training and I've loved taking that journey with her, she is wise and powerful but more than anything she loves her home and her people.
She isn't afraid of hard work and she always puts everyone else above herself which can sometimes be her failing as much as it's one of her strengths. Now she is facing an old enemy and she has to realise that it's okay to ask for help, she will need all of the witches to come together if they are going to put a stop to the fae a final time.
There are a lot of other familiar faces in this book and it was nice to get a last chance to catch up with them all. I'm still not quite ready to say goodbye to this world but like I saw someone post on Twitter we shouldn't be sad that this is the final Discworld book, just grateful that Terry Pratchett wrote so many in the first place.
RIP Sir Terry, thank you for the memories!
Nov 19, Mariel rated it liked it Recommends it for: Larbi Layachi. A witch is always on the edge, between the light and the dark, good and bad, making choices every day, judging all the time. It was what made her human. But what was it that made an elf? The morals of the story were good ones. But do you ever feel shitty when someone does something nice for you, like they really want you to know they are putting themselves out to d A witch is always on the edge, between the light and the dark, good and bad, making choices every day, judging all the time.
But do you ever feel shitty when someone does something nice for you, like they really want you to know they are putting themselves out to do nice stuff? There is a new witch trainee, a boy Geoffrey. When did life become only about work? What bothered me more than anything, though, was the subtle sexism. Sure, the moral of the story is against that but there were far too many wink winks about wives making their decisions for them. Come on!
Irrational and angry! Another dude traded in his wife for a wheel-barrow and felt he got the better of the bargain. It was irritating as shit. She tells this teen mom who only has eyes for her strapping twin boys that they can take care of themselves and the ignored baby girl will need watching after her whole life.
Really, Tiffany? Her whole life? I feel like that kind of thing out weighed just having the characters make pretty speeches to work as a bow on a moral box. There was more being taken for granted than Tiffany doing everything by herself. There were good things about the book, though. I'm too bummed out about that stuff. I don't like feeling like I got the bad end of the self-righteous stick okay there's no good end of that stick.
Oct 24, Eilonwy rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm not sure I can give this a fair review, seeing as how it's the last book in a literary era -- and even though I'm only a casual Terry Pratchett fan as compared to his truly dedicated admirers, I just can't see this book clearly because of his loss.
Maybe I'll manage a proper review when I reread the whole Tiffany Aching series sometime down the road. It actually feels like a solid attempt to close the Discworld series, almost justifying the boring awfulness of Raising Steam. The world turns, magic moves on, science has finally found its place on the Disc and from there we all know that magic and wonder and fantasy becomes insignificant in the face of machinery and progress and reality. The wailing over the death of a a much loved character that occurred in the wake of this books publication should really have been aimed at the death of a muc It actually feels like a solid attempt to close the Discworld series, almost justifying the boring awfulness of Raising Steam.
The wailing over the death of a a much loved character that occurred in the wake of this books publication should really have been aimed at the death of a much loved universe. The only things we could ask for beyond this is that Pratchett be alive and giving us something as incredible as Thud! Tiffany, now a full-fledged witch, finds her responsibilities increasing beyond her ability to keep up. Meanwhile, the elves are getting up to mischief again. I also enjoyed the story pretty well. However, one major aspect of this story was spoiled for me months ago, so the story had much less impact than it would have had otherwise.
And so here I am, after starting the very first book one year and twenty-one days ago, at the end of the series. Maybe I was in the right frame of mind when I decided to try this series, or maybe Pratchett just did it exceptionally well. Whatever the reason, I enjoyed this series quite a bit.
There were some I liked more than others but, in general, they were light, fun, and usually entertaining. It might also be fun to try them as audio books. New Discworld Featuring: Tiffany Aching 11 Nov 11, Tiffany returns 2 23 Aug 27, Readers also enjoyed.
About Terry Pratchett. Terry Pratchett. Born Terence David John Pratchett, Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People , appeared in from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, i Born Terence David John Pratchett, Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter.
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic , in In , he turned to writing full time.
There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens , his collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early it is also available as a mass market paperback - Harper Torch, - and trade paperback - Harper Paperbacks, Terry published Snuff in October In Dec.
Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March Other books in the series. Discworld 1 - 10 of 42 books. Books by Terry Pratchett. Trivia About The Shepherd's Cr No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from The Shepherd's Crown. She'd done what was needed. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Around the Year i It is true this book has its faults. I agree with other reviews that sometimes minutiae are described in minute detail while many important events go by very quickly. I cannot complain about the appearance of a few tangential characters reacting to a major event.
This event would no doubt be noticed by a great many people on the Disc. These appearances, particularly Mustrum Ridcully and the Patrician do feel a bit forced, but I view them more as Sir Terry giving a last Hail! And it was much less intrusive than it could have been, and much less ridiculous than say Russell Davies pathetic goodbye to Doctor Who. And I did not find any characters demonstrably different from how they have acted in the past. Nanny Ogg seems to be singled out in many reviews, but I thought she was Nanny Ogg.
Some have lamented that Sir Terry gave us a few new characters that we will now not get to know better. In some cases this is true, however those wishing for more Mrs Earwig have clearly missed what Sir Terry was telling us about her. In this book a elf causes a person to doubt themselves to make them unable to fight back. This power is strangely ineffective against Mrs Earwig.
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In my view this is because she is such self centered raging ego maniac that no power anywhere can make here doubt herself. A one dimensional throwaway character at best, and certainly one I did not wish to meet ever again. The plot does indeed boil down to the elves are coming and Tiffany Aching in her new role must stop them. This is one of Sir Terry's young adult books, and as such, does not have the plethora of subplots and twenty major characters running around that we are accustomed to in other Discworld books.
This in my view is also not worth complaining about. The only thing that bothers me about this book is it shows us very clearly that even Sir Terry, with all his boundless optimism in the face of his health troubles was indeed losing his sense of humor. It began to show in Snuff, became a bit more pronounced in Raising Steam, and here it is undeniable. The only really funny bits are the easy laughs that can be had using the Feegles.
Undeniably funny, but easy and far too few. Perhaps this was also a function of this being a young adult book and Sir Terry intentionally stayed away from true satire and commentary.
I hope this is the case. As his editor himself admits in his afterword, Sir Terry was unable to polish this book as he would have liked, to iron out the bits that many are complaining about.
And it is a sometimes uneven read, no doubt. However, we must keep in mind that it did not get that final polish and allow some leeway there. We cannot simply wish for the book we wanted. This is the final chapter Sir Terry left us, warts and all, and while I agree it is not his best work, I feel Sir Terry would agree with that assessment as well, and we should not be upset that the publisher printed it in this state, we should be grateful that we were given one last go.
The last from Terry Pratchett, and a worthy end to the series. By Jessica WeissmanWe can't have another ten years of Discworld books; this is what we have. And it is far better than I expected. The plot makes sense, the emotional urgency is there, and Tiffany Aching is absolutely herself - as are the other witches.
In some spots the writing is perfunctory, and in other spots a minor point is belabored. All typical of a book that the author did not have time to polish. But the book is still emotionally satisfying and a true work of art. Fewer subplots than Terry in his prime As for those who think he didn't write it, take a close look at what's here and what is in the books he truly had little part in, the Long Earth series.
Cmpare the writing, compare the deftness of naming, compare the sentence structure, compare the emotional weight. This is real Pratchett, albeit diluted. Who else would have done the bit with the two pennies? That's not imitation Pratchett. It's real Pratchett. A great deal of pleasure to be had here, if of the bittersweet variety.
It is Sir Terry's farewell to Discworld and, in a way, it is his farewell to his readers. The first three chapters seem almost as if Pratchett were writing his own eulogy. Then the story proper gets underway and it's a good one until it reaches its inevitable, heartbreaking conclusion.Join the hive. Terry Pratchett wrote in Going Postal, "Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken? And this is the thing.
There will be a reckoning. Small Gods. The Geoffrey subplot, sketched in though it is, clearly provides a reflection of the very first witches book, Equal Rites, closing the story where it began, but there are echoes here of many other books.
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