Literary Friday: I Shall Wear Midnight

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"It starts with whispers.
Then someone picks up a stone.
Finally, the fires begin.
When people turn on witches, the innocents suffer. . . .
Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy.
But someone or something is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by her tiny blue allies, the Wee Free Men, Tiffany must find the source of this unrest and defeat the evil at its root before it takes her life. Because if Tiffany falls, the whole Chalk falls with her.
Chilling drama combines with laughout-loud humor and searing insight as beloved and bestselling author Terry Pratchett tells the high-stakes story of a young witch who stands in the gap between good and evil.

I Shall Wear Midnight is a book that every teenage girl should read. It is hilarious, it is poignant, and it features one of the most bad-ass teen female protagonists I've read- not because she beats people to a pulp, but because she has common sense and self confidence. 

This book is actually a follow up to Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith, which I now MUST READ AND HOW DID I COME IN AT THE END LIKE THIS?! 

I knew Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels were hilarious, because I've read Monstrous Regiment, and chatted about many others with my eldest brother, but I didn't realize they were this relevant.

I was seriously entertained by this novel, laughing a lot and cheering for Tiffany (the protagonist). It bears noting that I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the brilliantly spot-on Stephen Briggs. He may now be my second-favorite audiobook narrator ever.

Highly recommended for fans of YA, those who enjoy the Discworld series (of course), fans of cheeky humorous fiction, pastoral fantasy settings, and strong female protagonists.

Also, I want to party with the Nac Mac Feegles. 

2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

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