Wintersmith - Terry Pratchett

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Wintersmith (Discworld #35) (Tiffany Aching #3) by Terry Pratchett

When the Spirit of Winter takes a fancy to Tiffany Aching, he wants her to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever. It will take all the young witch's skill and cunning, as well as help from the legendary Granny Weatherwax and the irrepressible Wee Free Men, to survive until Spring.

Because if Tiffany doesn't make it to Spring, Spring won't come for anyone.

I have finally read my first Pratchett. If reading it alone wasn't cause for celebration, how much I enjoyed it would be. I tried to join in Ekho’s Discworld readalong over the summer, but only managed this one of the four they had chosen. But that is not because of Pratchett. August was a difficult month.

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In fact, Ekho thought long and hard and picked four very diverse stories from Discworld to introduce all the different strains of Pratchett, and felt this was the best introduction into the witches. I have to say, without knowing more about the witches yet, I wholeheartedly agree. Even after one book I already know I like Pratchett’s voice.

Tiffany Aching isn’t new to witching anymore, and the Feegles (aka the Wee Free Men) take a little getting used to, but this story is such a great one. It is indeed the oldest story out there: boy takes interest in girl, brings hell to earth because she isn’t interested, so she marches hell straight back at him.

Wintersmith carried with it some seasoned humor as well as some solemn and meaningful moments. As far as writers go, there’s a whole breadth of humor on display here that shows a well-honed craft and a great understanding of the genre. Something in this reminds me of both Diana Wynne Jones and Peter S. Beagle. Not to say that Pratchett is derivative, but there’s a sort of joke you can only make when you appreciate Fantasy the way these writers do.

Tiffany as well is enchanting, despite spending the majority of the novel trying to fix a foolish mistake she’s made. Being a witch is messy and she’s heavily put on by all the expectations that the pointy has given her.

The almost distracting, if they weren’t so essential, Nac Mac Feegle can only fully be understood once you’ve experienced them. I’m so glad there’s more of them in other books, they are ferocious, amazing and precious. In another blurb for this book they are described as “the fightin', thievin' pictsies who are prepared to lay down their lives for their ‘big wee hag.’”

If you are looking for a good place to start Discworld, I can recommend Wintersmith. If you need something a little more non-traditional to read while snow is piling up, I can recommend Wintersmith. If you love fantasy or witches but want something a little different, a little tongue-in-cheek, I can recommend Wintersmith.

Long story short, pick up this book!

Pages: 336
Year: 1 October 2006
Publisher: HarperTempest, an imprint of HarperCollins

Read: 2 August 2017 to 25 August 2017
Stars: 5 (loved it)