Sunday, June 15, 2008

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 352
Number in Series : #2 Tiffany Aching Series
Reason for Reading : Mythopoeic Challenge, to continue with the series

Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegle (Wee Free Men) are back for another adventure. Tiffany, now aged 11, goes to stay with another witch Miss Level to learn more of the Craft. There she learns the truth about Miss Level and she meets (or rather doesn't meet!) Oswald who lives with her. She also meets Petulia, another beginner witch of her age, who introduces her to the snotty Annagramma who believes magic is all about the right clothes and amulets. Her mentor disdains Miss Level and Mistress Weatherwax.

Along the way it transpires that Tiffany has learnt the ability of "borrowing" and stepping out of her body. This is advanced magic and only a couple of witches can do it (I think just Tiffany and Granny Weatherwax). The problem is that while she is out of her body, something else can get in. That something else is "the Hive" and it is not known how it can be killed. The Feegles get involved, but even they may not be able to fight and steal their way out of this one.

I really enjoyed this follow up to The Wee Free Men. It was great to have more interaction between Tiffany and Granny Weatherwax from the main Discworld series. There is even a cameo from Death in this novel, another well loved character. I miss having stories about the main witches from the Discworld, but this fills the gap nicely.


Ana S. said...

We get to see Tiffany and Granny Weatherwax interacting even more in Wintersmith!

I miss reading stories about the main witches too.

Jill said...

I'm listening to the audio version of Wintersmith right now. I LOVE this series! I'll be so sad when it's over. :-( Luckily it'll be there for rereading, though.

Cath said...

I third Wintersmith! *Loads* of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. Before I read this series for Carl's challenge I had no idea it was so wonderful.