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Publisher's Summary

At nine, Tiffany Aching defeated the cruel Queen of Fairyland. At 11, she banished an ancient body-stealing evil. At 13, Tiffany faces a new challenge: a boy. And boys can be a bit of a problem when you're 13.

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.

Share the fantasy: listen to more of Tiffany's adventures in The Wee Free Men (Unabridged) and A Hat Full of Sky (Unabridged).
©2006 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Delightful

The Feagles are unsurpassed as characters of fun -- and marvelous satire. And Tiffany is such a wonderful character. But one of the reasons this book (and the other 3 of the series) is so enjoyable to hear is the narrator, Stephen Briggs. He gets the dialects just right.

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  • Dave
  • Chardon, OH, United States
  • 09-29-16

Excellent book with one exception

The music between chapters is actually quite annoying

The story is quite good however and the wee free men make the entire thing

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Horace v The Luggage?

I'm now torn about my favorite character in the series. I loved The Luggage, mainly for the fantasy of taking it through LAX international terminal. But, Horace (no spoiler, you'll have to find out) might be edging up as a favorite.
I would love to see a Horace v Luggage smack down...

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Music???

This is a great story and performance but the music added nothing and was really rather disconcerting.

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Excellent!

Terry Pratchett's best series is the Tiffany Aachen books. I love the way he weaves ancient myths and traditions into a corner of the Discworld.

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For kids books they're very thoughtfully written.

The vocal interpretation seems spot on and doesn't drone on like a reluctant parent reading the same book for the 5th night that week.

Terry Pratchet has a precise writing style. there isn't a single word in there he didn't put thought into and he does this without coming off pedantic. He also paces his stories very well. It assists greatly in suspending disbelief which is something I can't say for many books written for this age group.

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I Love The Disc World Witches

I love the Tiffany series and witch series of Disc worls. Really good story, I just thought it was a little awkward at the end.

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  • Harvey
  • raleigh, NC, United States
  • 10-29-15

Best Cop Story By a Great Writer

If you're reading this, I'm assuming you're already familiar with Terry Pratchett. If not, go back and start with Small Gods or something else. I've read just about everything Sir Pratchett has written, and I can freely admit that some stuff was mediocre (Snuff), but when he was on his game, he was brilliant. I love Sam Vines and the Watch stories, but I was surprised to find Wintersmith is actually Sir Pratchett's best explanation of what police and other public servants do. The witches go tend the people everyone else would rather not think about. They are the ones called when someone dies alone, they are the ones who confront the dangerous creatures and stand up to the mobs. They are hated and feared for doing it, often scapegoated, rarely thanked. In this, the 3rd book with Tiffany as the star, we see her growing into her power and responsibly. There are of course some truly funny moments and the narrator does a good job of playing those dryly (though his Scottish accent is nonexistent). There is plenty of adventure and suspense, but I enjoyed this one because once again I found myself cheering for Tiffany and relating to her struggles. One step more relatable than Lords and Ladies, but just as fun.

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Awesome except for the music

Prachett weaves a great story with wit, humor, and compassion. The performer is hilarious and helps create clear characters and situations. The only odd thing is music cuts in--perhaps because this used to be in a different format when music was needed for transitions (like a CD change). I found it very annoy. Fortunately the brilliance and creativity of both the author and performer outweighs the music.

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I can't get enough!

I began the Disc World series with 'I Shall Wear Midnight', which follows the adventures a young witch or "hag" named Tiffany Aching. Since, I have been completing other Disc World novels with the same character and I just can't get enough. Terry Pratchett's stories are not only hilarious but also parrallel real life conflicts we may have encountered with society or even conflicts we may have struggled with ourselves. So in a humorous way, there is always something to learn. Listening to Pratchett's audio books was incredibly easy and was so entertaining that I preferred to listen to his novels rather than watch television. The narrarator is so incredibly talented that I could even call him " a one man show". I felt completely immersed in the novel as another character through the narrator's spectacular acting. These are amazing stories from an amazing author with an amazing narrator. Terry Pratchett, although recently departed from this world, has left behind a legacy that will forever stay in our hearts and minds.