Wintersmith

Wintersmith

Book - 2006
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When witch-in-training Tiffany Aching accidentally interrupts the Dance of the Seasons and awakens the interest of the elemental spirit of Winter, she requires the help of the six-inch-high, sword-wielding, sheep-stealing Wee Free Men to put the seasons aright.
Publisher: New York : HarperTempest, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060890322
0060890320
9780060890315
0060890312
Branch Call Number: YA SERIES DIS

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mvkramer Nov 23, 2015

Tiffany carelessly jumps into the Dance of the Seasons, and attracts the attention of the Wintersmith - the elemental personification of winter himself. Can she put things right before he creates winter without end? I love the Tiffany Aching books. They're a bit more...grounded...than Pratchett's other works, if that's the right word. The heart of the story is Tiffany finding out more about herself, becoming more confident as a witch and as a young woman. There's also an element of darkness to all the Tiffany Aching books. Some frightening and sad things happen - I like that Pratchett isn't afraid to introduce those things to a "children's" book. Great series!

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KYMK2014
Aug 12, 2015

Thirteen year old witch-in-training, Tiffany Aching is invited to a local Morris dance by her teacher, a one hundred thirteen year old justice witch, Miss Treason. She terrifies the townspeople, even though she is blind, and deaf using her two skulls, and the many mysterious stories surrounding her. Nobody else will stay with her, but Tiffany doesn't mind. At the traditional dance that welcomes winter into the land, she has the urge to join the dancers, even though instructed not to. When she gives in, she is noticed by the Wintersmith, who is the cold, the ice, and the spirit who designs snowflakes. He is simple, powerful, and infatuated with her. As he puts on extravagant displays to impress her, such as snowflakes resembling her and icy roses she must chase him away, or the world will face an eternal blizzard.

This book is part of the Discworld series, and I highly recommend reading the others about her first, if you haven't already. They are "The Wee Free Men", and "A Hat Full Of Sky". This book won't make as much sense without them, and it is nice to see Tiffany grow up over the years. Next in the series is "I Shall Wear Midnight", and coming soon, "The Shepherd's Crown".

Terry Pratchett's books have a very enjoyable writing style, with many creative metaphors, wild footnotes, and new takes on old ideas. It is refreshing to read about witches that are more like veterinarians, or herbalists than old hags, or female wizards. Tiffany is a great character, with her grounded, logical personality, and power. The Nac Mac Feegles, like a drunk, rowdy, version of the smurfs, are hilarious, loyal, and helpful.

Overall, I thought this was a very good book. I would definitely recommend it, and the rest of the Discworld series.

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sfogs
Jul 11, 2014

Really good book!! I loved Horace the Cheese!!!
(These books have me falling out of chairs laughing!)

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SoL357_0
Jan 29, 2014

A fantastic book, but read 'the wee free men' and 'a hat full of sky' first.

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yrusocereal
Jan 21, 2011

This book was not that great. I really thought that the writing was ruff, and I did not know that it was part of a series,(I guess). If I knew that I would have read the one before this first. I was lost throughout the book, and the ending was kinda lame.

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SoL357_0
Jan 29, 2014

SoL357_0 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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