I Shall Wear Midnight

I Shall Wear Midnight

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Fifteen-year-old Tiffany Aching, the witch of the Chalk, seeks her place amid a troublesome populace and tries to control the ill-behaved, six-inch-high Wee Free Men who follow her as she faces an ancient evil that agitates against witches.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061433047
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Pratchet Terry
YA SCIFI Pratchet Terry
Characteristics: 355 p. ;,24 cm.


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Fifteen-year-old Tiffany Aching, the witch of the Chalk, seeks her place amid a troublesome populace and tries to control the ill-behaved, six-inch-high Wee Free Men who follow her as she faces an ancient evil that agitates against witches.

JCLRachelC Dec 23, 2010

Tiffany Aching's fourth adventure brings her up to the level of her predecessors. She's previously taken on the Queen of Faerie with a frying pan, contended with an immortal spirit out to give her everything she could possibly want (and nothing at all that she needed), and melted an amorous Winte... Read More »

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Jul 22, 2020

Another excellent entry in the Tiffany Aching series. I cannot recommend this series enough - it's not just for teens, it's for everyone. This book is the best in the series. Tiffany has grown into the role of local witch and is thrust into all kinds of adult situations, including having to come to grips with the realization that she has outgrown her first love. Then she is forced to fight an ancient and pervasive evil (poison goes where poison is wanted) and takes on more responsibility. Still has its amusing bits but this book is more serious. Theme here is the power of stories - both good and evil. Favorite quote: "He couldn't see sanity even if he'd had a telescope."

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 14, 2018

Tiffany Aching Adventure #4 from one of the best English writers.

The first Tiffany story was *The Wee Free Men*, when 9-year-old Tiffany discovers she has the ability to become a witch and meets the Mac Nac Feegles, a society of tiny blue warriors/thieves. “Witch” in Pratchett’s world is a woman who can do magic, but most of what they do is based on being a kind neighbor. She helps with lost sheep, poor women giving birth, old people who have trouble feeding themselves, and sometimes helping people feel more at ease before Death (in Discworld, the capital letter matters) comes for them.

In this fourth book in the series, Tiffany is almost 16 and the Feegles are her devoted protectors – which is both better and worse than you might imagine. Something Tiffany has done in the past has unleashed the ghost of a famous witch-executioner from hundreds of years past. Pratchett gives us plenty of old favorite characters from previous Tiffany books, including Roland, the reluctant palace guard Preston, and two great characters that cross over from other Discworld books, the wise witches Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. As always, there are the hilarious Feegles: Rob Anybody, Daft Wullie, and the others. The book is very funny, of course, but with a seriously dangerous task to complete.

May 26, 2016

Tiffany is the witch, and she made herself the witch because the Chalk needed one. As their witch, she now accepts responsibility for taking care of those who can't do for themselves. The hard facts of life are showing themselves to have more fear, anger and prejudice than usual and this means going up against stupid &/or physically violent people. The interesting evil, the Cunning Man, is after her. Poison goes where poison's welcome. This is a good continuation of Tiffany's story and the Nac Mac Feegles' story. There's a death, a wedding, lots of witches and Nac Mac Feegles, some good old fashioned knee-slapping humor, and a happy ending. I was extremely pleased with what was developed w/the Nac Mac Feegles.

mvkramer Jan 06, 2016

After the three previous Tiffany Aching stories, this was a big letdown. The writing itself just seems - hurried, haphazard, and sloppy. Like it needed a thorough editing and a rewrite or two. What a disappointment.

Jan 14, 2014

A wonderful culmination to this coming of age series disguised as novels about witchcraft. As anyone familiar with Terry Pratchett's series about Tiffany Aching will realize, witchcraft has far less to do with magic than it has to do with taking responsibility for the people in one's community, which includes such mundane things as clipping people's toenails and scrubbing floors as well as far more weighty matters such as helping people cope with the death of a loved one, protecting abused children and midwifery. There is, of course, a supernatural element in the Cunning Man, the embodiment of prejudice and blind hatred against witches, and of course Tiffany must stand her ground. The story beautifully rounds out her relationship with Roland and with the Nac Mac Feegle, and firmly establishes her as the witch of the chalk. A wonderful read for any adolescent struggling to find their place in society or any parent of an adolescent that could use a few words of wisdom (both metaphorical and overt) to help their child through this transition, not unlike the hare running into the fire (read the book)!

Dec 20, 2012

Pratchett is always enjoyable for all ages.

Mar 29, 2012

This was one of Pratchett's best books! While most of his work is mostly just fun with humorous philosophical insights with many plot digressions, this one has a tightly written plot dealing seriously with the issue of prejudice and how it resides in all of us and is capable of breaking through in anyone (including the heroine). This is not to say this is simply a serious novel - how could it be when it contains the nac Mac Feegle, the wee free men who fear nothing (except maybe the "tappin' o' the toes" or the "foldin' o' the arms")? This would be a great book for discussion in a youth book group. Another top notch book from Pratchett - I'm certainly going to miss his books.

Feb 08, 2012

Less frenetic humour (but still lots) and more depth and complexity. Coming of age in terms of responsibility.

Dec 31, 2011

While not nearly as funny as the earlier Aching novels, I Shall Wear Midnight is still an hilarious work by a master comedian. I would recommend these books to anyone, but parents do beware, as the sexual humor gets more and more overt as Tiffany gets older.

Nov 20, 2011

I've read all of Pratchett's work, but I've especially enjoyed his subseries of Tiffany Aching books. This ends that subseries, and starts to tie up Pratchett's body of work.
In this story, Tiffany must face her strongest, vilest enemy yet, and while she has the help of the Nac Mac Feegles and a few other, more senior witches, it's her battle.
Great story, lots of humor. It can stand alone, but why should it? Read them all.

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Dec 20, 2012

She stared into his bloodshot eyes. His hands had closed automatically into fists because he had always been a man who thought with them. Soon he would try to use them; she knew it, because it was easier to punch than think.

Dec 20, 2012

Sometimes, when she was much younger, she had seen the ancient fish swimming in and out of the chalk pit, ancient fish from the time when the Chalk was the land under the waves. The water had gone long ago, but the souls of the ghost fish hadn’t noticed. They were as armored as knights and ancient as the Chalk. But she didn’t see them anymore. Perhaps your eyesight changes as you get older, she thought.

Dec 20, 2012

She did it without thinking – or, rather, thinking so fast that her thoughts had no time to wave to her as they flashed by.

Dec 20, 2012

Omens were all very well, but sometimes it would help if people just wrote things down! It never paid, though, to ignore those little thoughts and coincidences, those sudden memories, little whims. Quite often they were another part of your mind, trying hard to get a message through to you – one that you were too busy to notice.

Dec 20, 2012

It was . . . the kind of face that peered out of tower windows, waiting for a knight with nothing better to do with his time than save its owner from dragons, monsters, and if all else failed, boredom.

Dec 20, 2012

She treated perfect strangers as if she had known them for years, and somehow they acted as if she really had.


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