I Shall Wear Midnight
is a Nebula Award
-winning, Locus Online
, May 21, 2011, accessed May 22, 2011. novel in Terry Pratchett
series, and the fourth in the Tiffany Aching
arc. It was published on 2 September 2010 in the United Kingdom, and on the 28th September in the United States.
It centres on Tiffany Aching
, who is now fifteen years old and getting on with the hard work of being a witch
. The title is a quotation in A Hat Full of Sky
: "When I'm old I shall wear midnight, she'd decided. But for now she'd had enough of darkness."
In an interview at the Guardian
Book Club, Pratchett remarked that the book is an urban fantasy.
Tiffany is working as the Chalk
's only witch
in a climate of growing suspicion and prejudice: When the local Baron dies of poor health, she is accused of murder. Tiffany travels to Ankh-Morpork
to inform the Baron's heir, Roland
, who happens to be in the city with his fiancée Letitia. On the way Tiffany is attacked by the Cunning Man, a frightening figure who has holes where his eyes should be.
In the city she meets Mrs Proust, the proprietor of Boffo's joke shop, where many witches buy their stereotypical-witch accoutrements. When they find Roland and Letitia the Nac Mac Feegles
, who have as usual been following Tiffany, are accused of destroying a pub. Tiffany and Mrs Proust are arrested by Carrot and Angua, and (nominally) locked up - although it is mostly, in fact, for their... Read More