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Monday, October 10th, 2011

I Shall Wear Midnight

Categories: [ Books/Discworld ]

ISBN: 9780552555593

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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. She then 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 a bad-smelling fantomatic figure, the Cunning Man. In the city she meets a witch, Mrs Proust who helps her to find Roland and Letitia. Because of the Nac Mac Feegles (who follow Tiffany everywhere), they are accused of destroying a pub. Tiffany and Mrs Proust are arrested by Carrot and Angua, and locked up for their protection, as people start to resent witches. When they are released the next day, Tiffany meets Eskarina Smith who explains that the Cunning Man was, a thousand years ago, an Omnian witch-finder, who had fallen in love with a witch. That witch, however, knew how evil the Cunning Man was. She was eventually burnt to death, but as she was being burned she trapped the Cunning Man in the fire as well. The Cunning Man became a demonic spirit of pure hatred, able to corrupt other minds with suspicion and hate. Eskarina announces that the Cunning Man is coming. Tiffany and the Feegles return to the Chalk, where they find the Baron's soldiers trying to dig up the Feegle mound. She stops them, and goes to see Roland, who throws her in a dungeon. It is later learned that the Cunning Man was the cause of these actions. Tiffany however escapes and goes to see Letitia, whom she discovers is also an untrained but talented witch. She sees the Cunning Man twice while at Letitia's home, and as guests begin to arrive at Roland and Letitia's wedding, the other witches start to arrive…so that if the Cunning Man takes over her body, they can kill her. The night before the wedding, Tiffany, Roland, Letitia and Preston (a castle guard whom Tiffany has befriended) meet at one of the fields that needs to be burned to clear it of stubble; Tiffany lures the Cunning Man into the flames and defeats him.

(Shamlessly adapted from Wikipedia's I Shall Wear Midnight)

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