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The Last Hero

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Author: Terry Pratchett
Title: The Last Hero
Publisher: Victor Gollancz
Date: 2001 (Illustrated Hardback)
ISBN: 0 575 06885 X (Illustrated Hardback)


He's been a legend in his own lifetime.

He can remember the great days of high adventure.

He can remember when a hero didn't have to worry about fences and lawyers and civilisation.

He can remember when people didn't tell you off for killing dragons.

But he can't always remember, these days, where he put his teeth...

He's really not happy about that bit.

So now, with his ancient sword and his new walking stick and his old friends -- and they're very old friends -- Cohen the Barbarian is going on one final quest. It's been a good life. He's going to climb the highest mountain in the Discworld and meet his gods. He doesn't like the way they let men grow old and die.

It's time, in fact, to give something back.

The last hero in the world is going to return what the first hero stole. With a vengeance. That'll mean the end of the world, if no one stops him in time.

Someone is going to try. So who knows who the last hero really is?

Comments by Terry:

"[Rincewind] makes a useful appearance in The Last Hero, which will be a book mightily illustrated by Paul Kidby--I mean seriously illustrated, the art taking as much or more room as the text. I've written the story, and the artwork I've already seen is very, very good."

"We're talking about the size of Dinotopia. Like Dinotopia, the story will be told in the pictures as well. Unlike Dinotopia, it'll actually have a good storyline, and better artwork."

-- Interview with Terry in Science Fiction Weekly

"In The Last Hero, the big illustrated project I'm doing with Paul Kidby, we've got a dark lord--evil Harry Dread. He's this little, wizened guy, always smoking cigarettes. He's got all the special dark lord armor with the skulls and everything. But he's the dark lord who never made it big. He works hard, but then another dark lord will open up out of town, where there's plenty of parking. Harry has the "Shed of Doom.""

-- Interview with Terry on

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