This is a review of “Wintersmith” by Terry Pratchett. It is the 35th novel in The Discworld Series and the third novel in the Tiffany Aching Story Arc. (YA)
It follows “A Hat Full of Sky“.
Tiffany Aching is well on her way to becoming a fully fledged witch. She is up in The Ramptops living with Miss Treason and learning more about witchcraft. She is one of the first girls to stay on full-term with Miss Treason. The other girls found her somewhat … frightening in her appearance and manner.
Tiffany attends the Dark Morris with Miss Treason, the Dance that welcomes winter. It is a very solemn affair, silent, serious and it’s meant to be danced by the morris dancers only, and not anyone else. But Tiffany feels her feet tapping along in time with the dance and before she knows it, she has joined in.
She doesn’t really know what she’s done. But she gathers that there will be a price to pay from Miss Treason’s reaction.
She is correct in this assumption.
For now the Wintersmith is in love with her. An elemental, the God of Winter-in love with a mortal girl. The Wintersmith is taken with Tiffany and believes her to be the Summer Lady, the goddess of Summer.
He woos her with snowflakes shaped in her form, ice roses and frost graffiti written on her windowpane. And while it’s admittedly…cool to be the object of such admiration, Tiffany knows she must put things to rights.
Because if she can’t get rid of the Wintersmith, it will stay wintertime forever…
A great novel about growing up and taking responsibility for your actions.
And of course: the Nac mac Feegle and Granny Weatherwax. There’s some Nanny Ogg too.