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The Shepherd's Crown: Tiffany Aching Adventures, Book 5

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Final Discworld novel hits the mark with rich fantasy.

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Written well after its author was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, this final Discworld novel delivers a fond farewell to a rich fantasy world. Tiffany Aching is a sturdy but affecting protagonist, a young woman searching for the best way to serve the many demands on her precious time. While filled with subtle wordplay and can't-miss slapstick, The Shepherd's Crown also is a serious reflection on what makes a good life and a proper death.

Readers new to the series should definitely not start with this installment, but longtime readers will be rewarded with cameos by beloved characters. There's no other writer like Pratchett, and The Shepherd's Crown demonstrates why he's irreplaceable.

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