Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld, #38)” as Want to Read:
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld, #38)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld #38)

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  25,870 ratings  ·  1,406 reviews
A man with no eyes. No eyes at all. Two tunnels in his head . . .

Somewhere - some time - there's a tangled ball of evil and spite, of hatred and malice, that has woken up. And it's waking up all the old stories too - stories about evil old witches . . .

I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth Discworld title to feature witch Tiffany Aching and her tiny, fightin', boozin' pictsi
Paperback, 414 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Corgi Childrens (first published January 1st 2010)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about I Shall Wear Midnight, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about I Shall Wear Midnight

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Dan 1.0
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 25, 2011 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's ever had to grow up
I didn't become a Terry Pratchett fan until 2009. My twin sister told me numerous times that it would be a very good idea for me to read him. I do listen to my twin, it's just that particular urgency to heed her advice hinges on many factors: did she tell me too much (in the interest of fairness, I do this more to her than she does to me), was I feeling a loner and left out of hyper enthuasism... Probably that last one. Everything good about Terry Pratchet you've probably been told or read (or s ...more
This is more of the same for this subseries – which is a good thing! More adolescent witch adventures, more growing up too fast, more dry humor with teeth underneath.

Critics go on about how magic in fantasy novels is a metaphor for political power or social power or insert power here. Which is usually a really unsatisfying reading to me because fantasy novel magic is so often inborn, inexplicable, a random or genetic gift. Which is a good metaphor for social power, often, but it’s not very inter
I would read the phone book if Terry Pratchett wrote it. I have read all his books; including the ones for kids and young adults. I've given away a fortune in his YA and kids' books at schools.
I am only a short way into the book but it is already filled with Pratchett's signature wit and (yes) wisdom. No one uses the English language like Pratchett. If I sound like FanGirl, it's because I am, absolutely. Pratchett makes Tiffany "feel" like a real 16-year old girl; with all the confusion and ang
Oct 29, 2010 Carol rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anglophiles, folklore fans, anyone who needs a good laugh, fans of the other Tiffany Aching books
Terry Pratchett is a genius! This book is the fourth in the Tiffany Aching Adventures, and my favorite so far, I think. Tiffany is a sixteen-year-old witch, self-assured and very wise beyond her years, yet still down to earth (or, in her case, chalk) and still sixteen. She is once again joined by her small, blue, kilted, ale-drinking, fist-fighting, hygienically challenged, oft-invisible clan of Nac Mac Feegles who provide the story's comic relief. Her nemesis this time is the Cunning Man--the p ...more
I still feel weird putting these under the heading of "children’s books." They aren't, really, and never have been. Even when the main character was just a ten year old girl.

So. This is the last of the Tiffany Aching books and the last time we will ever hear of Granny Weatherwax or Nanny Ogg ever again, thanks to Mr. Pratchett's disease. I am given to understand that most of this book was, by necessity, dictated.

And it's not a bad book. Quite good, given the circumstances. But a lot of character
Magrat Ajostiernos
Porque necesito a Terry más que nunca…. T___T

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my LOCUS Y-A list.

I think I’ll always have a soft-spot for imaginative young-adult speculative fiction and as the good people at Locus did such a grand job with picking their Sci-Fi winners, I’ll trust them to single out some special y-a books too.

I read I S
I don't find many books that I'd gladly give to my girl and say "this, this is what being human is". In the Tiffany Aching series, Pratchett nailed it and in this, the final book (which can be read alone), Pratchett nails the story too. The others have featured metaphors-come-to-life as antagonists, but they were very active antagonists. In this book, the antagonist is more in the background: he exists, there's pursuit, but it's all playing second fiddle to Tiffany's battle with her feelings and ...more
I Shall Wear Midnight is supposedly that last novel about the young witch from the Chalk, Tiffany. In some ways that knowledge colors the book.

Tiffany has done with her education and is back home serving as the Chalk's witch. Sadly, strange things seem to be happening, more than just what happens with an senient cheese named Horace, a lawyer who is frog (but who can be paid in beetles) and the Feegles around.

In some ways, the novel feels like a good-bye, if not to the Disc than to Tiffany. This
Sometimes I feel like there's not enough joy left in the world. Then Sir Pratchett publishes another gem like this, and it makes me feel better.

Tiffany Aching is 16. In a world that looks a lot like our 19th century, that's taking the 'young' out of Young Adult. This is a book with genuine terror, truly adult situations, and more joy and laughter than you'll find almost anywhere.

Tiffany is now the true witch of her Chalk; she's bandaging wounds, helping the old and sick shuffle off their mortal
4 1/2 stars. My objection to teenage marriage, even in a pseudo-18th century fantasyland, prevents me from finding this book perfect. But it's close.
I stalled a bit in getting to this one because it's the last of the Tiffany Aching books, and I hate to see a good thing end (even though I can re-read the books at my leisure). Tiffany, as I've said in previous reviews, is a wonderful character. She's a far better person than I am, but somehow I relate to her--in part because she continually ends u
Rachel Hartman
Bah. Made me cry. Curse you Terry Pratchett!

Hat Made of Sky is still my favourite of the Tiffany Aching books, but I might even put this one second. The plot wasn't as tight as he (historically) has been capable of, and the menace of the villain didn't live up to its potential, quite. But there was so much other stuff here to love, and be moved by, and remind me of other things, that I didn't really care.

For the first half, seriously, I could only read about forty pages at a time because then I
I Shall Wear Midnight is Terry Pratchett's final book in the Tiffany Aching series. While clever, thoughtful, and well-constructed, it suffers from the same problem Pratchett has had in his other recent books: he has fallen too much in love with his characters to truly hurt them. Compared to the latent menace that suffused, for example, The Wee Free Men, we never feel here that Tiffany is at any risk that she can't overcome through prodigious application of witch-bourne moxie. This is a drawback ...more
This book is the crowning jewel in the Tiffany Aching series. It tells the story of growing up - complete with all its ugliness and beauty. Tiffany is sixteen, back in the Chalk and must fully embrace her calling as The Witch, ready or not. It’s a wonderful adventure that brings this amazing character’s life full circle.

Terry Pratchett remains my favorite author for his ability to weave humanity into his books. I can’t think of any other word for it – his books are absurdly funny but also heartf
Michael Jones
If you're the sort of person who doesn't mind changing diapers, even for the elderly (that really depends upon whether you are dependable), and you need a good laugh (or maybe cry) this book may be for you (that all depends).

What this book does is to bring out the "other side" of the lore surrounding witchcraft. Many of the women historically who were called "witches" were actually just women who knew how to use herbs and other things to affect healing and did not mind cleaning up after the dead
Nov 20, 2010 Anila rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pretty much everyone; but start with the first book, naturally.
In much the same way as I grew up with Harry Potter, I have grown up with Tiffany Aching. Though our ages have never exactly matched, neither have mine and Harry's; the true parallel is the level of maturation of the characters, and of the reader, and in both cases those have matched almost exactly.
This said, the two are vastly different. If read as commentaries on growing up and becoming an adult, Harry Potter approaches it as an epic quest, full of destiny and the necessity of accepting the in
Despite this book supposedly being aimed at younger readers I am sure that there are plenty of us old'uns who have also enjoyed this. I do actually find the Tiffany Aching series much better than the Moist van Lipwig series which the 'grown-ups' are meant to read. Perhaps it is the inclusion of some of my favourite characters which added to my enjoyment, but I do so enjoy the witches, and hope that they will again feature prominently in books. For those who have never read any of this series ple ...more
Wow. I was making happy meeping noises at the end, which caused my husband to ask whether I was happy or sad. This was a valid question, as 20 minutes earlier I'd mentioned that I really should be getting to bed, but I needed to know how it all worked out RIGHT NOW.

Totally worth it. If this is the last Tiffany book ever, I'll be a little sad. I'd love to see her make the jump from YA to Adult books and see what she does with her life. Still, this was a wonderful story and I'm so glad I had the c
An Odd1
In "I Shall Wear Midnight" by (Sir!2009) Terry Pratchett, witch Tiffany, at 16, wants to don black only when old. Yet, for her home Chalk, she already decides life or death, such as when a drunk villager attempts suicide after beating his pregnant daughter to birth. She's wise beyond years, even advising on "passionate parts" as fun fact rather than salacious description, so the rating is not x, restricted.
An evil witch-hunter spectre infects and inhabits the most susceptible. (I miss any menac
Clodia Metelli
This book started off in a deceptively simple fashionin which, initially, I felt rather too much was being told rather than shown. This simplicity soon, however, gave way to stark and sober horror, as young witch Tiffany is faced with an everyday situation of family violence and abuse. The suggestion of violence, ignorance and cruelty is a keynote of the book, as Tiffany faces an enemy darker and more real than any Queen of the Fairies - an embodiment of those worst aspects of human nature that ...more
Lee Battersby
Pratchett-by-numbers, with nothing memorable or engaging to tie the plot around. Characters and subplots are added for no good reason and resolved without the slightest sign of conflict or character change, the antagonist is poorly defined and, in the end, despatched with such ease that it leaves the reader wondering just what the fuss was all about-- if this thing has been the scourge of witches throughout the centuries then the witches can't have been very good at what they do to have been bea ...more
There's just something about the Discworld books. I pick one up, thinking to myself that I'll read a few pages, and surface an hour or two later having read hundreds. I devour them, or they devour me. This last Tiffany Aching book is no exception at all.

I find myself unable to write a review of a Discworld book. I have fallen so deeply in love with the entire world that I just can't manage it. One thing I will say: I got the feeling, reading it, that this would be the last Tiffany book, just as
I always think there's a great fondness when Pratchett writes about the Chalk though maybe that's because it is obviously modelled on his current home of Wiltshire (if you were in doubt, the appearance of a giant with no trousers clinches it). I think Tiffany Aching has grown up quite considerably from when she first appeared and I wouldn't have automatically said this was a young adult book. Lots of charming, funny and tender moments makes this a fantastic read whatever age you are.
I Shall Wear Midnight. I could not think of a more apt title for this the fourth Tiffany Aching novel by Terry Pratchett. Was it just the mood I was in, this being the first novel I have read since the passing of the author? I think not. It starts with Tiffany intervening on behalf of a young girl who was beaten by her father so badly after a village fair that she lost the baby she was carrying. The was no skeletal face of Death to soften this death just a dead baby in a barn, and this sets the ...more
I propose that PT only writes Discworld novels about Tiffany Aching and the Watch from now on. None of the others (re: Wizards, Moist) are quite as good. I really loved this one. I have to ask - what makes this YA novel fundamentally different than the "adult" books in the series? The difference isn't obvious to me.
Reread again 8th October 2011- this is, to my mind, one of Terry Pratchett's finest books. The depth of compassion, understanding and humour is immense - and he is one of the handful of authors that allows his characters to grow. Cannot recommend this highly enough.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Tiffany Aching is growing up, or really, has grown up. Being a witch isn't all glamorous, or maybe glamorous at all. This was a nice finish to the subset of the Discworld novels, and would be a good read for anyone who enjoyed Harry Potter.
2011, January 1

Oh, goodness, how I loved this book. Wintersmith was okay, but this is fabulous. Tiffany's grown up some more, and now she's home on the chalk, where she's coming into her own as the local witch. Against that, there's someone stirring up witch-hunts again, and Roland has a girlfriend who's the daughter of a Duchess. And the Nac Mac Feegle are into everything, shouting Crivens!

Delightful because it gets Tiffany back where she belongs, and because she gets out a bit, enabling Pratch
Surprised me by addressing some harsher realities of how awful people can be and mildly abrasive realities of how people treat each other.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Discworld: I Shall Wear Midnight Read Along Part III 12 40 Nov 11, 2013 04:25PM  
Discworld: I Shall Wear Midnight Read Along Part II 3 22 Oct 21, 2013 08:28AM  
Discworld: I Shall Wear Midnight Read Along Part I 1 19 Oct 07, 2013 07:28AM  
  • The Song of the Quarkbeast (The Chronicles of Kazam, #2)
  • Flora's Fury (Flora Trilogy, #3)
  • The Homeward Bounders
  • Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1: Orientation (Gunnerkrigg Court #1)
  • East of Ealing
  • The Wyrdest Link: A Terry Pratchett Discworld Quizbook
  • Knights Of Madness
  • Odd and the Frost Giants
  • Barking
  • Across the Great Barrier (Frontier Magic, #2)
  • The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy
  • Terry Pratchett
Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,
More about Terry Pratchett...

Other Books in the Series

Discworld (1 - 10 of 41 books)
  • The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
  • The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)
  • Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches #1)
  • Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)
  • Sourcery (Discworld, #5; Rincewind #3)
  • Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)
  • Pyramids (Discworld, #7)
  • Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1)
  • Eric (Discworld, #9; Rincewind #4)
  • Moving Pictures (Discworld, #10)
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1) Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1) Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1) Night Watch (Discworld, #29; City Watch #6)

Share This Book

“Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things.” 405 likes
“She heard him mutter, 'Can you take away this grief?'
'I'm sorry,' she replied. 'Everyone asks me. And I would not do so even if I knew how. It belongs to you. Only time and tears take away grief; that is what they are for.”
More quotes…