It’s like chess, you know. The Queen saves the King.

What is this book about?

Deep in the Chalk, an old enemy is gathering strength. A darkness is approaching and Tiffany Aching is going to need every witch’s cooperation to face it, but does she have what it takes to do what’s necessary? Let’s face it, dealing with witches is like herding cats and there’s a reason the collective noun is an ‘argument’ of witches. It’s the time for changes; for the fading of the old and the birth of new values, customs, and practices. New friends are made, old enemies fought, and there will be a reckoning…

Why is it boring?

There is a formula to a classic Discworld novel. It’s the familiarity and lack of dire, life-threatening problems faced that a lot of people like. Let’s face it, not all of us enjoy a Game of Thrones-esque ‘nobody is safe’ atmosphere. In that sense, some may find Pratchett’s Discworld novels borderline juvenile in their lightness; the good guys always prevail and the bad guys end up looking like fools. The action is funny and comical and the danger always accompanied with a healthy dose of witticisms and quips to never be too heavy.

Discworld is where I like to retreat knowing exactly what I’m getting myself into. It’s the favorite movie you watch time and time again even though you know all the lines backward.

Who would you recommend it to?

I think at this stage Discworld is firmly enough entrenched in most fantasy lover’s hearts that the fanbase could populate a small country. It goes without saying that fans of Pratchett’s wit, humor, and beloved characters will enjoy this last adventure with our favorite witch, but like all his novels they can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone. You don’t need to be a seasoned reader of his works to enjoy this last ride. The Shepherd’s Crown is light, funny, and it’s a bittersweet goodbye. You’ll wish it never had to end.

Why should I read it if it’s boring?!

I’m going to answer under the assumption you’ve never read any of the Discworld series because if you had, you wouldn’t be asking.

Discworld is the kind of fantasy that appeals to a wide range of readers from lovers of high fantasy to those enjoy something not as overwhelming or heavy. It has immersive world-building and incredible battles, creatures, and monsters. It has sharp wit and hilarious humor with characters you’ll be rooting for every step of their journey.

It’s a familiar world to retreat to knowing every adventure will be as fantastical and funny as the last. Even the last.

Rest in Peace, Sir Terry Pratchett. You will be missed.

Rating: 4/5

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I live in Western Australia where I am currently studying law. When I am not working as a waitress, receptionist, or bookseller, I spend my time reading, drawing, or working on my own writing. I own exactly fourteen tropical fish and that number will not change; no matter how many more I add, my tank will inevitably return to equilibrium in a spectacularly bloody fashion. I live off tea and biscuits and neighborhood gossip so I am basically an eighty year old English grandmother. I'd probably have fourteen cats were I not allergic to them.

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