Death came for Sir Terry Pratchett on March 12, 2015, and told him they must walk together. However, despite Pratchett's progressive Alzheimer's disease, he remained productive almost to the end. And now his latest and last novel has been released in the UK and the Commonwealth, with a U.S. release date for Sept. 1.
The Shepherd’s Crown centers on young witch Tiffany Aching, who captures the Fairy Queen and teaches her the ways of Discworld. But according to The Guardian, it starts with the death of a major character and deals with the consequences of that person’s death. (Click here for spoilers.)
NPR has a few pages where we meet the Fairy Queen. Here, she mulls over the state of fairy affairs, plots her revenge on Tiffany, and learns from a goblin that Discworld has changed since the introduction of the locomotive.
How bittersweet is the release of The Shephard's Crown to the many fans (he sold 85 million books worldwide) of Pratchett's many books (this final one is his 41st)? Stefen’s Books, a bookstore in Australia, sold each copy of the book with a packet of tissues. Although I’ll be purchasing my copy here in New York City, I’ll have my own tissues by my side.
As a decades-long fan, this will be one of the more poignant reading experiences of my life. But when it comes to Terry Pratchett, it’s better to have read and lost than never to have read at all.