I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
After finishing I Shall Wear Midnight at . . . midnight . . . last night, I realized immediately that I was very sorry to say goodbye to Tiffany Aching and her fellow witches, her family, and even her sheep. But most of all, I was sorry to say goodbye to the Nac Mac Feegle–the wee, free men. Never have I met a more entertaining group of little blue laddies! And never have I been happier to discover a writer I’d been missing out on for way too long. I simply loved this entire series, and can’t wait to read more of Terry Pratchett. Luckily, I have a slew of other books by him to choose from.
This four-book, series-within-a-series has seen Tiffany Aching figure out at age ten that she has inherited her Granny Aching’s witching ability, and exactly what that entails. It’s not so glamorous as you might think. In Tiffany’s world, a witch has a great deal more responsibility for her fellow man than, say, the Wicked Witch of the West, in Oz. A witch helps those who can’t help themselves, and speaks for those who can’t speak for themselves. She does multiple duties as midwife, counselor, visiting nurse, and protector of her “stead.” And Tiffany does it all with humor, panache, and finally, thoughtful wisdom, I might add. By this fourth book, we find Tiffany a young lady of sixteen, ready to be courted, but sadly, minus the young lad she had thought would be doing the courting. The book is a bit “heavier” than the previous three, as Tiffany deals with this, and tries to understand the changes in her life, coming to terms with exactly who she is. But I Shall Wear Midnight is still filled with humor and wit and charm. And the ending is very satisfying, tying up all the loose bits and pieces, and answering my questions about several things mentioned throughout that were confusing, until I saw how they all related to each other. Then, everything made perfect sense, and left me feeling glad to have been along on the journey.
If you haven’t tried any of these books, I hope you will. You don’t know what you are missing until you spend a few hours with Rob Anybody, Daft Wullie, Miss Tick, and Granny Weatherwax. An you really need to visit the little towns of this magical world, like Ham-On-Rye, for instance. How can you go wrong with that? I highly recommend the entire series! It’s marvelous.
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