Author: Terry Pratchett
Book: I Shall Wear Midnight (Diskworld #38, Tiffany Aching #4)
Published: September 2010
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens
Winner of the 2011 Andre Norton Award
Tiffany Aching is a young witch now taking up her responsibilities after years of studying with senior witches. The witchcraft she performs in her hometown of Chalk isn’t flashy—merely the work of caring for the needy.
Someone or something is igniting fear. There are dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Adding to the complications, the elderly Barron she was taking care of has died upon giving her some money as a gift. To those who don’t like witches to begin with, it seems sinister. The Barron’s son is about to get married, and his mother-in-law is one of those suspicious of witches. Tiffany stands between good and evil, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
This is my first time reading the late Terry Pratchett’s Diskworld series. This is the fourth of five books about Tiffany Aching, a young witch who has apparently graduated to her full responsibilities for the little town of Chalk. She deals mostly with ordinary problems, caring for the sick and elderly. She tries to keep the Wee Free Men (also called the fightin’ Nac Mac Feegles) from causing too much trouble when they try to help her.
Jealousy awakens the Cunning Man, a spirit of a witch hunter. Now witches are falling under suspicion for the surrounding ills, and people blame Tiffany for the death of the old Barron whom she was caring for. Chilling drama combines with delightful humor as fast as one can say, “Something wicked this way comes.” While a bit slow, it was a fun book to read.