I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry PratchettIt 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 arent sparkly, arent fun, dont 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 laugh-out-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.
“When I am old I shall wear midnight.”
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I Shall Wear Midnight is, as Pratchett notes, an urban fantasy; the fourth in the series of Discworld novels that focus on the young witch in training, Tiffany Aching. It is the 38th in the Discworld series and was published in Britain on September 2, The title is also a summary of Tiffany's beliefs and values in regards to her wearing colorful clothing throughout her career as a witch, when Boffo would expect her to wear black. The title line is referenced regularly in the series, as well as in Pratchett's The Art of Discworld. At the end of A Hat Full of Sky , when she is regarding the cloak that the hiver bought while possessing her Pratchett says, "When I'm old I shall wear midnight", she'd decided. Tiffany is working as the Chalk's only witch in a climate of growing suspicion and prejudice. When Amber Petty, is beaten so badly by her drunken father that she loses her child, Tiffany takes her away to the safety of the Nac Mac Feegles where Jeannie, the Kelda, cares for her and finds that she is a quick study in understanding Feegle.
It is the fourth novel within the Discworld series to be based on the character of Tiffany Aching. It centres on Tiffany Aching, who is now fifteen years old and getting on with the hard work of being a witch. 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 for whom she had been caring dies of poor health, she is accused of murder.