Forthcoming Discworld novel will be the last in Terry Pratchett's beloved series

It seems the beloved Discworld series will be coming to a close with the forthcoming release of Shepherd's Crown, in the wake of author Terry Pratchett's tragic passing earlier this year.

Pratchett's daughter, Rhianna, has announced that the upcoming novel (which was pretty much complete at Pratchett's passing) will be the last official entry in the series. She said she does not intend to continue the series herself with new sequels (Rhianna is an accomplished writer on her own) or allow any other writers to add installments to the official canon. So, basically, Discworld is over.

Though the main series is winding to a close, Rhianna noted she will likely be involved with any potential adaptations or spinoffs (i.e. videogames, etc.) to ensure her father's legacy isn't affected. Rhianna also put to rest any desire from fans to see a release of unfinished material in a future compilation, noting that it was "unlikely" to happen.

The Shepherd's Crown is the 41st, and now last, Discworld novel. The story focuses on a teenage witch named Tiffany Aching, and it's set to hit shelves Sept. 1.

Are you sad to see the Discworld series end, or are you glad it's being retired in the wake of Pratchett's death?

(Via The Guardian, Entertainment Weekly)

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