I Shall Wear Midnight: The Fourth Tiffany Aching Adventure (Discworld Series #38)

I Shall Wear Midnight: The Fourth Tiffany Aching Adventure (Discworld Series #38)

by Terry Pratchett


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The fourth in a series of Discworld novels starring the young witch Tiffany Aching.

As the witch of the Chalk, Tiffany Aching performs the distinctly unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone—or something—is inciting fear, generating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Tiffany must find the source of unrest and defeat the evil at its root. Aided by the tiny-but-tough Wee Free Men, Tiffany faces a dire challenge, for if she falls, the whole Chalk falls with her. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062435293
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: Discworld Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 343,749
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, was the author of more than 70 books, including the internationally bestselling Discworld series of novels. His books have been adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. In January 2009, Pratchett was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry, who lived in England, died in March 2015 at the age of 66.


Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England


Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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I Shall Wear Midnight: The Fourth Tiffany Aching Adventure (Discworld Series #38) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 223 reviews.
Harbin More than 1 year ago
For those familiar with the works of Pratchett, you will not be disappointed. For those new to Discworld, it will leave you wanting to know more of not only the backstories of the characters in this book, but other inhabitants that make Discworld a favorite escape from reality for millions of Terry Pratchett fans worldwide. This is the first of his works that I have read on my Nook, so it took me a second to figure out how to access the footnotes that Pratchett utilizes in every book of his that I have read. You have to wake up your touch screen, then touch the circle on the right side to select the footnote. Once it is read, you touch the circle again to take you back to the page you were reading.
Ashburysgr More than 1 year ago
I was able to receive a UK copy of this fro a friend and finished this today. WOW! I honestly cannot think of one part of this book that was a let down. The whole book flowed from begining to end. The action was very well paced, and I must say very dark for a Young Adult novel, but that is the good thigabout Terry's work. He knows that young adult are just that young adults. As he stated in Theif of Time, kittens and puppies grow up to be cats and dogs, so kids need to have more adult material to help change their minds, to hlp shape them into the adults that they will become. And a bit of a spolier here that is what this book is about. Changing the way people think, perfect topic for Young Adults, but no even for Young Adults for Adult Adults as well. It seems that some characters might be coming to an end, but others are rising to take their place. It is nice to see old characters coming back into the series after so long away. I want to say more, but don't want to give away too much. What is really sad is the cover art of the books since on the UK covers there is a HUGE HINT as to the ending of the book that s lost with the US covers. I think the artists in the US should be fired and just spend the money and get Kidby's cover art on th book. I think the money that they mae from Terry's work would give them more than enought for that, and they would make even more. But as I said a GREAT book, and most definately worth a second, third, fourth, fifth..... reading. When this is released I wil buy i for my nook and I might wear out the screen reading it so much. Also, when it is stated that this is the last Tiffany book I do not thin that we have seen the last of Tiffany. Just like this and othe novels (especially with this novel) characters keeping coming back for cameos. Plus is you look a Stephen King when he said that he would write no more Dark Tower novels, now there will be a 8th book in the works I do not thing an author can never say never! I hope so Tiffany is a hell of a character and not to write about her would be horrible. Buy this book and enjoy many many times!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with most of Pratchet's work, you get glimpses into the truth of people in a wonderfully engaging way. A fitting conclusion for the intrepid and human yet witchy Tiffany Aching.
DannyME More than 1 year ago
Tiffany Aching refuses to wear midnight-the dark colors traditional for witches. And though she is growing older, she also refuses to give up the seemingly innocent ways of her people. But when evil looms, she is forced to don the mantle of her craft and stand against the darkness. The fourth and final book of Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series leads the young witch through physical and personal mine fields, accompanied by the loyal and obstinate Nac Mac Feegle-an army of tiny blue, rowdy, drunken pixies. Not yet 16 years old, Tiffany is now the official witch of the Chalk, her pastoral home region, and must uphold the duties expected of any adult witch. She understands the vagaries of her people, but lacks many of the experiences of her older sister witches. Something wicked walks the world however. An evil spirit is turning the people against their witches, and it may be Tiffany's fault. When the beloved Baron dies, and Tiffany is blamed, her tenuous standing among the inhabitants grows even more strained. By the customs of her profession, and to prove her abilities to care for her land, Tiffany must stand alone to fight against the Cunning Man, an ancient Omnian witch-hunter returned from the dead. How she fares in this battle decides not only her place among the witches and her people, but also the fate of the world. Like Douglas Adams and Tom Holt, Pratchett has long been known for his ability to intricately weave social and personal issues with laugh-out-loud humor in a style often unique to British authors. The 38 books of his DiscWorld series have touched upon seemingly every social issue, all while steeped firmly in an outlandish and hilarious fantasy world. And while his Young Adult Tiffany Aching series contains all of these, I Shall Wear Midnight seems especially poignant and insightful. Whereas the first book in the series, The Wee Free Men, introduced a nine-year-old Tiffany and her minuscule band of blue fighters, she was a more innocent, wide-eyed child, who slowly grew through the next two books. In Midnight, however, Tiffany experiences personal moments that all who have suffered the strains of such insecurities have felt. And it is up to her to find the strengths within to overcome the terror-to walk through the flames and accept the Midnight we all must wear, without being consumed by its darkness. I Shall Wear Midnight is a masterfully fitting and strong end to this series within a series. While it may leave one longing for more adventures of Tiffany and her friends, its resolutions and inspirations confirm that, wherever her journeys may lead, Tiffany and the wee free men will clomp, shout, and muddle through just fine. - Danny Evarts This review originally appeared in Shroud Magazine Issue #10, Oct. 2010
harstan More than 1 year ago
Trained in witchcraft by experts like Nanny Ogg (unofficially in this case that is), Tiffany Aching has become the Witch of the Chalk. Being young and wanting fun with and without witchcraft, Tiffany understands her responsibility to perform the spells to help those in need although she gains no acclaim as she does her work diligently in secret. Adding to her discomfit is reactions of the normal are rarely what she expects them to be. However while at a fair feeling like a fool tied to her broom; just like the little kids with balloons, Tiffany senses something is not right. Soon people begin to assault witches for no apparent reason beyond their normal fear of the witches. She and her miniscule belligerent intoxicated pals, the Wee Free Men, begin to search what is playing on the trepidations of people towards witches. Needing help, she journeys to Ankh Morpork to meet with Roland, the baron's heir and with a shopkeeper before returning to confront whatever evil is stalking the Chalk. Targeting teens, the fourth Aching fantasy (see The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith) is a terrific entry that will have readers fully engrossed in the exciting story line. Yet the tale also ponders deep philosophical issues of esteem, fitting in (or not) and it's okay to be different and to a degree alone while making a strong case to speak up if you are domestic abuse victim. All that and more without decelerating and linked to the Discworld saga; fans of that great satirical series will also relish Tiffany's coming of age final test escapades Harriet Klausner
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Winner of the 2011 Andre Norton Award Synopsis: Tiffany Aching is a young witch now taking up her responsibilities after years of studying with senior witches. The witchcraft she performs in her hometown of Chalk isn’t flashy—merely the work of caring for the needy. Someone or something is igniting fear. There are dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Adding to the complications, the elderly Barron she was taking care of has died upon giving her some money as a gift. To those who don’t like witches to begin with, it seems sinister. The Barron’s son is about to get married, and his mother-in-law is one of those suspicious of witches. Tiffany stands between good and evil, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Review: This is my first time reading the late Terry Pratchett’s Diskworld series. This is the fourth of five books about Tiffany Aching, a young witch who has apparently graduated to her full responsibilities for the little town of Chalk. She deals mostly with ordinary problems, caring for the sick and elderly. She tries to keep the Wee Free Men (also called the fightin’ Nac Mac Feegles) from causing too much trouble when they try to help her. Jealousy awakens the Cunning Man, a spirit of a witch hunter. Now witches are falling under suspicion for the surrounding ills, and people blame Tiffany for the death of the old Barron whom she was caring for. Chilling drama combines with delightful humor as fast as one can say, “Something wicked this way comes.” While a bit slow, it was a fun book to read.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not a funny book. It is perhaps the most serious book pTerry has written about the Discworld. Tiffany Aching is growing up, despite taking her witchcraft very firmly when she was only eight, and is now sixteen, she still has a lot to learn, and among many other messages, one of the hardest is that there is evil in the world. No laughing matter, and hence nearly all of pTerry's trademark jokes and puns are absent. The Feegles are of course irrepressible, but other that this is the dark side of the story.The evil in question is an ancient witch hunter, denied his lawful prey and banished from the world. But not forever, and the shock of Tiffany's kiss with Winter in the last book, has drawn him, like a moth to the flame. He lives in the minds of everyone, in the rumours and distrust, sly asides and repeated gossip, casting aspersions without standing to defend them, destroying the respect a witch needs to survive. Parallels to the troubles any 16 yr old might get themselves into are clear. Given the difference in ages between the author and subject this is a superb achievement. I was also very impressed at the subtle way all the other discworld tales are neatly integrated into the story. We get brief cameos from Captain Carrot, and references to the very early Equal Rites which doesn't normally happen. This isn't a suitable book to start reading Pratchett, at least the previous Tiffany books should be read beforehand. Although nominally part of the younger Discworld series, with young Tiffany the heroine, and featuring the direct plot style and chapter breaks that hallmark this, it is in no way just a young persons book. The topics and interpersonal relationships are too intense. Influenced by pTerry's own spartan upbringing, is also exposes some of the truths of life in the countryside, rather than the bucolic impression that is often portrayed in fantasy books. Powerfully moving, this is a coming of age story highlighting the best fantasy can do to cast new light on the world around us.
CarltonC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another warm hearted Tiffany Aching story from the Discworld.No surprises, as this is the fourth in the Tiffany Aching stories set on the Chalk with the Wee Free Men. There is a little Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax and even a quick visit to Ankh Morpork. So all familiar territory to those of use who have already the last 37 Discworld novels.This is not where to start, as it is much more enjoyable if you have already read the first three Tiffany Aching stories, but for those of us who have been reading Discworld stories for a few years, this is another solid and enjoyable addition to the series.
soybean-soybean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful! I just wish there was MORE!
Soybean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful! I just wish there was MORE!
catherinestead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tiffany Aching is now fifteen. No longer a trainee, she is the witch of the hills. She spends her days and nights delivering babies, setting broken limbs, bandaging sores, clipping toenails and doing a hundred and one other thankless tasks for the people of the chalk. Just occasionally, she also gets to eat, sleep and do a little bit of magic.But someone somewhere doesn't like her very much. And they've woken up some old fears, and the fears are spreading. Witches are being threatened again. In fact, anyone with books with strange symbols and languages, or a cat, or a warty nose is becoming a target for hate. And the Thing - a Thing with no eyes but an awful lot of hate - is coming after Tiffany...Tiffany has grown up a lot in this book: she's a little worn down by the responsibility, and she's suffering the normal romantic tribulations of a fifteen year old girl. The story is very focused on her, and her role within her community. That won't be to everyone's taste - the Tiffany-must-beat-the-supernatural-threat plot is only one of many, and if one thing disappointed me slightly it was that the final confrontation was resolved without as much suspense and drama as I expected.The supporting characters were strong, both the old friends and the new characters, and the Thing chasing Tiffany was wonderful horrible, in part because of its subtlety. The character development of Tiffany herself, of Roland and of the new characters Letitia ("Halfway between a salad and a sneeze") and Preston ("When I'm on night duty and somebody comes to the gate, I have to say 'Who goes there, friend or foe?' To which, of course, the correct answer is 'Yes'.") is excellent.All in all, I think this a wonderful addition to the Tiffany Aching series.
NogDog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The writing was as good as usual the Feagles were as funny as usual. Unfortunately, the plot was, in a sense, the usual, too. Once again a powerful supernatural being is hunting down Tiffany, and she has to figure out how to outwit it. Otherwise it was a very nice read, but that feeling of "been there, done that" kept me from enjoying it to the max.
mumfie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nac Mac Feegles are some of the most wonderful characters Pratchett has developed and steal the show away from Tiffany.There are some remarkable insights into human character as always with Discworld. As always, it's a genuinely enjoyable romp to read and thoroughly enjoy. Tiffany meeting our favourite witches is a joy to read. Unlike previous Nac Mac Feegles this is definitely part of the 'grown up' Discworld books, not that there is anything to stop younger readers reading this.
MagicalSibylle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me preface this by saying that this is my first Tiffany Aching story and since it's the end of her story, it's a rather peculiar place to be in.This book is not what I expected it to be, not by a long shot. I said no spoilers so let's just sum this up by saying that Tiffany is a witch and as such her job is to take of people nobody takes care of. It's a really sad book because Pratchett confronts death and suffering in a way I've personally never encountered before in his books. Sure, Death as a character makes regular appearances in Discworld and even has his own books (Mort, Reaper Man, etc) but I Shall Wear Midnight really looks at death in the face, and it ain't pretty. There's a passage involving blue-eyed cats that I won't talk about but which I found deeply striking. I know a lot of people will link this to Pratchett's recent medical condition (he's suffering from Alzheimer) but I don't believe things are quite so neat so I won't venture there. It would be downplaying the great imagination this fabulous author has.This book is not humourless but it's not a funny book either. It wraps up Tiffany's story in a way that reminded me of traditional coming-of-age stories, which is both a good and a not-so-good thing. It even had moments of brilliance that reminded me, strangely enough, of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (the character of the Duchess in I Shall Wear Midnight reminded me of the Queen of Hearts in Alice). I didn't fall in love with Tiffany the way I did with Death, who remains my favourite Discworld character. She has so much to do and such responsibility it was very hard to see her go through all this on her own.So, despite all this, why did I choose to give I Shall Wear Midnight four stars? I think it's a very mature book by the issues tackled (domestic violence is brought in as soon as in the first chapter, for example, pain is everywhere and talked about beautifully) and it remains a Terry Pratchett book. Terry Pratchett is the warmest author I know and his characters and words are all deeply endearing. The plot itself may have been very flawed but I Shall Wear Midnight is still a really good book, and an important one at that. I personally found it extremely moving in a way I wasn't expecting it to be. I'm very glad I own a copy - it's not a cheerful book, but it's a very realistic one and I applaud Terry for that, it must have taken great courage to write I Shall Wear Midnight and it showed me a whole new aspect of Pratchett, which completes my already-superlative opinion of him.
klai on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't help feeling that the Tiffany Aching series is arguably better than the other books Pterry has put out over the same period. YA? Sure, but other than the protagonist being underage, it's pure Pratchett throughout, including the darker themes which have been increasingly evident in Discworld novels over the last half a dozen yeas or so.
ecumenicalcouncil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This the fourth book in the Tiffany Aching discworld series is a hard one to place. I found it a lot darker that the earlier books in the series and it would probably be more at place amoung the adult discworld books. Tiffany is now 16 and the official witch for the chalk. She has however attracted the attention of the cunning man, an ancient Omanian witch hunter. This foe may be far worse than anything she's come up against before.
tcarter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not many laugh out loud moments in this latest installment in the Discworld corpus, which is really quite dark. This book raised an interesting paradox for me. On the one hand, as a young parish priest, I identified strongly with the feeling of being slightly set apart from normal folk experienced by the lead character of the book, a young witch called Tiffany. I also appreciated Pratchett's analysis of the evils of unthinking bigotry and prejudice against the "other". On the other hand, as a parish priest, I have experienced at first hand the damage that witchcraft does to people's lives in the world that we actually live in. The walls between this world and the Discworld seem to have got very thin in places, and this causes me some disquiet.
ari.joki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pratchett spent too many years as a writer of slapstick and farces. With his later works he has reached truly great depths of expression. In Midnight, the tremendous warmth and optimism carry the humour to really fine effect. Some of the tying up of loose ends from earlier instalments of the Discworld stories work well, some feel a bit unnecessary. The new material, as usual for Pratchett, takes the shape of an anthropomorphic personification, at the same time, however, reminding us that the feature finds its roots in every one of us, if we just let it. Not every work of the Discworld cycle is great. This one is.
AJBraithwaite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not sure why, but this one took me longer to get into than many of Terry Pratchett's other books. It wasn't until the second half that I felt reluctant to put it down. I think it's Tiffany Aching as a character that I have the problem with, really. Just don't find her very sympathetic. Maybe I'm too old for these books. But the second half was great.
tronella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The newest Tiffany book! And I am so glad I enjoyed it after not liking his last book so much. But this one was great. Tiffany %hearts;
dieseltaylor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent wiht trademark Pratchett word play and humour. For my tastes a little dark.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I Shall Wear Midnight is the darkest of Discworld novels with a very adult theme about death (not Death). Old people die, babies die, good people die and evil people die - noone escapes death in this tale, which is not particularly morbid, thankfully. Pratchett is the ideal author to conjure up a story with so much violence in it and make it seem like a fairy-tale, however it doesn't seem to fall in to the younger audience's category previous Ms Aching books have.Darkness aside, Midnight is initially a challenging read. Each sentence has a humourous angle, a twist on language or a concept to be considered. It's hard work trying to follow a story and its characterisation when your brain has to work so hard just to make it through the paragraph. Once settled in (and many of Pratchett's books take a good third to do so), the story starts to flow and the darkness seems to settle for a distinct second place to the relationships between the characters, which are executed flawlessly. If you look between the protagonists there is a haunting story, full of menace, kept at bay with sheer humanity and Pratchett's unique view of events and ideology.This very solid novel, although under-paced at times, is definitely the best Tiffany Aching book do far and a welcome addition to the series. It doesn't set out to expand the Discworld concept and offers a story packed full of bittersweet charm instead.
Kellswitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the darker Discworld books in a while, dealing with the power and longevity of unreasoning hate and prejudice. Mixed in with the darkness though is Terry Pratchett's usual humor and quirky world view and you can tell he takes great joy in writing for the Mac Feegles and the witches.I felt that he did a really good job writing as a 16 year old girl who is not only forced to face her own limits and just what the role she has taken on truly means but also deal with her most dangerous foe yet.I couldn't give it five stars though because of two issues I had. One, the start of the book was weak and I had a hard time getting into the book for the first chapter and second for a sudden switch in plot points that changed everything with no warning or precedence in the story. He started out with a very good and chilling reason for why things were happening and I feel he should have seen that one through.
Timothy_Ferguson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book so good it makes you want to have nieces to give it to.
ChrisRiesbeck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fine conclusion to Pratchett's series on the young Discworld witch Tiffany Aching. Knowledge of Discworld is not really needed but reading the prior books is important, if only to set up the context for the engaging character. I did feel that there was too much clever commentary, especially early on. Clever but like too much frosting on a cake. But the book ends well, if not surprisingly. Recommended.