It starts with whispers.
Then someone picks up a stone.
Finally, the fires begin.
When people turn on witches, the innocents suffer. . . .
Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy.
But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by her tiny blue allies, the Wee Free Men, Tiffany must find the source of this unrest and defeat the evil at its root - before it takes her life. Because if Tiffany falls, the whole Chalk falls with her.
Chilling drama combines with laugh-out-loud humor and searing insight as beloved and bestselling author Terry Pratchett tells the high-stakes story of a young witch who stands in the gap between good and evil.
©2010 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
I would advise you to read this. Terry Pratchett's fantasy novels are rarely stories about evil villains who are plotting to destroy the world, and this is no exception. This is a story about human defect with fantasy overtones. An evil ghost has returned to kill Tiffany, and has used its ancient hate to turn the people of the Chalk against her. This ghost exemplifies the worst in humanity. It is petty, it takes things out of context, it hates things which it loves. It is worse than the Queen, the Hiver, and the Wintersmith. The Clever Man is human.
On other fronts, Tiffany has had to come to terms with and address the fact that time has brought a wedge between her and Roland, her almost boyfriend.
The climax of this story is notably sad, and very dark. There is a happy ending, and I think that Tiffany was happy.
Of all the Tiffany Aching books this is probably the only one I would not give to a under 12 year old kid to listen on their own. I would want to be there to explain things. Tiffany heals a pregnant girl who was beaten by her father to the point of miscarriage, she prevents a suicide, she has to deal with an entire town turned against her. She acts responsibly in the face off all this. I think that this is one of Pratchett's bests books, and am happy that this is wrapping up the Aching series, as well as the Witches series.
What can I say, I love the Feegles and this is an excellent addition to the series. Cheers, Sir Terry!
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
Wierd Witch Discworld!
The Discworld series in general by Terry Pratchett is full of such irreverant, reality stretching, comical romps through a flat world where anything goes.
A fun book and a good listen.
If you love Terry Pratchett already, you'll love this book. He has a rambling kind of social commentary that is indeed very clever. The narration is great and the characters are well-developed. But there's not a strong plot. I just came off reading Garth Nix (who has the opposite problem) and I found this book to be a bit TOO light. I kept waiting for key developments, then I realized it's about the journey through the characters lives. I don't dislike the book, but it wasn't quite what I was looking for.
He's back in the game - after Nation, I was afraid my favorite author was too discouraged about life to write any more of the joy-filled work I so loved. He's been proving me wrong ever since and I am heartily ashamed of myself for doubting him.
Tiffany's adventures are perfect for young girls, unlike most fantasy marketed to young adults.
Characters are well-drawn. The village and its culture on the Chalk feels like I could book a plane ticket there, it's so real. Magic is well-developed and believable, as are its limitations. Tiffany's strengths and flaws are balanced and leave her as a lovable, yet strong, young woman and a great role model, too. I also love Preston, one of several new characters, whose mind works in its own unique way - that's quite a feat of writing, in my opinion, to show us so clearly that one character is so different from another.
In short, strongly recommended. Buy it for your niece, too, like I did!
I didn't recognized until I had been listening that this is a follow up to "A Hat Full of Sky" which was aimed at young adults (as the protagonist is only 16). But like all Terry Pratchett novels it is quite fun and full of interesting characters and his rather fun quirky takes on "what everyone knows." Very enjoyable..
Nothing better than some Tiffany Aching in your stocking. Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs truly make magic.
My most favorite Tiffany Aching book to date! A must read for sure!!! Yes&yes! A
Unique. Original. Engaging.
Perhaps something like Spirited Away. It was so original, colorful, and beautiful.
I especially liked the scene where she faces down Mr. Petty. It was inspirational the way she tries to save the villagers by saving the very undeserving Mr. Petty.
Tiffany Aching, to be sure. She has stolen my heart.
The reader was fantastic. The story was engaging and emotionally refreshing. I raise my hat to the skill of Terry Pratchett.
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