But the Wintersmith isn't exactly a boy. He is winter itself: snow, gales, icicles, all of it. When he has a crush on Tiffany, he may make her roses of ice, but his nature is blizzards and avalanches. And he wants Tiffany to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever.
Tiffany will need all her cunning to make it to spring. She'll also need her friends, from junior witches to the legendary Granny Weatherwax. Tiffany will need the Wee Free Men, too! She'll have the help of the bravest, toughest, smelliest pixies ever to be banished from Fairyland - whether she wants it or not. It's going to be a cold, cold season, because if Tiffany doesn't survive until spring...spring won't come.
©2006 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
"Yet another rollicking, clever, and quite charming adventure." (Booklist)
"Replete with dry and intelligent humor, this latest in the series is sure to delight" (School Library Journal)
Each volume in this series gets better, story-wise. And the narration is fantastic, each voice delightfully characterized.
On some level, I expect Terry Pratchett to actually speak in Stephen Briggs voice--the two are so intertwined in my mind and I will listen to every book they write/narrate. I love all the Tiffany Aching books especially because she is a smart, strong girl who makes serious mistakes, then fixes them with the help of her friends (of course her friends ARE witches and the nac mac feegle).
In Wintersmith, Tiffany attracts the attention of the Wintersmith, who is winter personified, because he mistakes her for the Summer Lady. This causes catastrophic problems for the people of the Chalk, the area that Tiffany calls home, and she has to put it right. There is also a subplot of Tiffany's sometime rival-sometime friend being given her own cottage (and position as area witch). This demands that Tiffany make a choice when sher friend is unprepared for the realities of the job: Does she give in to envy and let the friend manage (badly) on her own or does she decide that the people's need of a competent witch is more important? Tiffany is very real in her strengths and her faults and it is a pleasure to see her change and grow through the novel. I buy these books as treats for my daughters, but we all know that they are for me as much as for them.
Probably not .. getting too much in the realm of "gods" ...
Not as good as the first two.
Crivens, I still love the Nac Mac Feegles! And the reading is still outstanding. Love the narrator's voice.
Yes. It's cleverly written and funny.
He speaks very clearly and nails the dialects.
Yes, interesting ideas that could be reflected on again. Also, it's funny as hell.
Other books by Terry Pratchett along with Douglas Adams and other writers who create a believable world and inbue it with humor.
Yes, he's always true to the story.
Tiffany's confrontation with the dying old witch.
This is officially a children's book, but like Tolkien and Harry Potter, it can be read by adults without even being aware that perhaps it wasn't intended for you. I am a well-educated, middle-aged adult and I read this with pleasure and some rueful smiles recollecting my childhood.
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