Oops, someone has massively procrastinated and is behind on her reading. But, I’m on Easter break now so I’m gonna catch up!
Week seven was ‘I Shall Wear Midnight’, the penultimate Tiffany Aching novel. I’m very terrified of starting ‘The Shepherd’s Crown’ because I know that was the last novel Terry Pratchett wrote, and he was incredibly ill.
Anyway, this book was fantastic – as usual. We reconnect with a fifteen year old Tiffany Aching who is leading her own witch life, getting busy helping the elderly and taking away people’s pain. She doesn’t get much sleep and she doesn’t have many friends, but she does have a lot of respect from her villagers. However, this book sees that respect hijacked by a destructive force – a dark spectre with burning holes where his eyes should be. I really enjoyed the symbolism of this, since the creature planted seeds of doubt into human minds, and slowly they would turn against witches, despite the positive help they receive from witches. I think it was meant to represent the original witch-hunting, where innocent women – and men – were killed simply for being misunderstood, or a little odd.
I hugely appreciated the dynamic between Tiffany and her father, he seems to be the only character (aside from the Feegles) who consistently believes in Tiffany’s abilities. It was nice to have a little familial relief between the attacks against Tiffany. It was so frustrating to be solidly on Tiff’s side and to see such unfair treatment aimed at her – but obviously that’s the point.
The book does wind down pretty rapidly toward the end, presumably because Pratchett wasn’t sure if he would be able to write another novel. For example, Tiffany’s new love interest becomes integrated into her life very quickly at the end – time skips forward to see them happy together. But, I refuse to see that as a negative. The writing is spectacular, nothing can detract from that.
Here are some of my favourite quotes:
Hopefully it won’t be too long before my next book review! Huge apologies for falling behind, I’m mad at myself but I will catch up.