The Shepherds Crown By Terry Pratchett . A fitting farewell to one of the greats.

The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld, #41; Tiffany Aching, #5)The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Its always terribly sad to say goodbye to one of the great authors and I will miss new books by Pratchett sorely. He has been one of my favourite authors for a long long time and I have read and collected so much of his work.
This book was always going to be a somewhat emotional read knowing it was an ending and with the start of the book that was increased again with how the whole story begins.
To avoid spoilers is difficult in explaining the book so I will warn I might let a bit slip but the story begins with a stunning piece of writing and as sensitively handled a death as you will find in literature ( something Terry has always done well).
Tiffany is again a well drawn character and she is stretched to her absolute most here. But its more than a Tiffany Aching book, encompassing all the witches, a few cameos such as Ridcully, the Monks of Time and others.
A lot of mentions of previous books and a few endings and tied up ends did make this feel like a final book and a decent send off.
A sense of calm ( like that created by new character Geoffrey ((a potential male witch proving Pratchett could shake things up right to the end)) is left at the end.
For all that its certainly not Pratchetts absolute best. Some of his books stand out amongst my absolute favourite books , and this lacks some of their depth and wit. Some sections lacked a certain polish and overall the ending battle could have done with fleshing out , some of it a bit abrupt.
But still a wonderful book from one of the true greats of writing.

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About Paul Walsh

I'm a big fan of fantasy and scifi, which would make up most of my reading but will branch out often enough. Favourite authors vary over time but generally include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Conn Iggulden, Robert Harris, Karen Maitlan, Kate Mosse, Anne Rice, Philip K Dick, Ray Bradbury. John Scalzi, Mark Lawrence, Pat Rothfuss and a host of others. I'm not the harshest reviewer but will note down a few words on all books I read.
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