Responding to questions on Twitter, Rhianna Pratchett officially announced that she will not write or authorize any more Discworld novels, making The Shepard’s Crown arriving this fall the final novel.
I can’t say I blame her. I really can’t imagine more Discworld without Sir Terry. Part of me thinks this is what he would have wanted. As much as I would have loved more Discworld books that were teased over the years (especially Moist and taxes!), as a huge fan of the series I’d much rather see it end then be dragged out with other authors trying their hands at it. I know sometimes that works pretty well, such as Brandon Sanderson finishing the Wheel of Time books, but most of the time it’s just a disaster.
Rhianna Pratchett also confirmed that her father’s longtime assistant, Rob Wilkins, will also not author any additional works in the universe. She said there was a chance she’d work on spin offs, TV adaptations, etc but the books are officially over.
“The books are sacred to Dad.” she said. “I will be involved with spin-offs, adaptations and tie-ins, but that’s it. Discworld is his legacy. I shall make my own.”
The final Discworld novel, The Shepard’s Crown, is about Tiffany Aching and will be released on August 27th in the UK and September 1st in the US.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll just be over here clutching Night Watch to my chest and sobbing. I will never stop missing Terry Pratchett.