The Shepherd’s Crown is the last Discworld novel ever. This is a sad thought, but it would have been much sadder if Raising Steam had been Terry Pratchett’s last. In his last years, as he struggled with post-cortical atrophy, he needed more help to get his books out. I read the beginning of Raising Steam and found that it just wasn’t his voice. It was as if a copy editor had too heavy a hand in it. Whatever went wrong there, though, is largely fixed in The Shepherd’s Crown. It sounds like authentic Pratchett and presents a good story.
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