Tiffany doesn't know it, but there is...something...that is after her, something as old as time that is attracted to her power and energy. Tiffany blithely continues on her way, not realizing that it is biding its time, waiting for just the right moment to take over her body and her mind.
Luckily the wee free men are aware of the situation, and they are determined - somehow - to help Tiffany before it's too late. There are laugh-0ut-loud moments in the novel, as well as edge-of-the-seat tension, action and adventure. Tiffany has a long way to go in her journey to become the witch her Granny Aching was, but she has the gift of knowing what's important, a good heart, and steely determination. (Luckily for her, because the thing that is after her is known to be unkillable and unstoppable.)
I listened to this book in audio format, and it was an extremely enjoyable experience. Stephen Briggs did a wonderful job, particularly with the voices and accents of the Mac Nac Feegle. He had me giggling as I listened (which, because I was listening to it on my iPod, had people slowly backing away from me - and the more I tried not to laugh out loud, the harder it was not to!). I am happy that Tiffany's adventures continue in a subsequent book in the series, Wintersmith, and I'm looking forward to reading all about them.
This is my second book read for the Mythopoeic Challenge. And I'm glad I did!
The Tiffany Aching series (part of the larger Discworld series):
- The Wee Free Men
- A Hat Full of Sky
A Hat Full of Sky: The Continuing Adventures of Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett; read by Stephen Briggs (HarperChildren's Audio, 2004)Also reviewed at:
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