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I Shall Wear Midnight

This is a review of “I Shall Wear Midnight” by Terry Pratchett. It is the 38th novel in The Discworld Series and the fourth novel in the Tiffany Aching Story Arc. (YA)

It follows “Wintersmith“.

Tiffany Aching is the witch on The Chalk. Witching is a tiring and often thankless task. Tiffany has to work long hours and do some tough jobs. She barely has time to care for herself, she hardly sleeps and almost never eats.

The old Baron is very ill, and is slowly dying. Tiffany is taking his pain away, but even so, his time is nigh. The Baron’s son Roland, Tiffany’s old friend, doesn’t speak to her anymore. And to make matters worse, something truly awful has just occurred within the community. Something so awful, that the rough music has started playing, and a mob is forming.

Tiffany does her best to prevent events from worsening, but it seems like everyone is turning against her, and witches in general. What could be happening?

Tiffany travels to Ankh Morpork to locate Roland to tell him some news, and here she meets two witches who help her to figure out what’s going on. Tiffany learns that she’s up against an old, old evil. And it’s worse than the queen of the fairies, the wintersmith and the hiver…

A story about growing up, having pride in yourself and your actions and about love.

(I just adore the last page!)

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A Hat Full of Sky

This is a review of “A Hat Full of Sky” by Terry Pratchett. It is the 32nd novel in The Discworld Series and the second novel in the Tiffany Aching Story Arc. It follows on from “The Wee Free Men“.

Tiffany Aching must leave The Chalk to go away and learn witching. Witches aren’t all that popular on The Chalk though, so she tells everyone that she is going “into service” to learn to be a housemaid.

She travels to the mountains and the house of witch Miss Level, who is more than she first seems… There are other young girls in the mountains, all stationed with a witch learning the arts. Some are nicer than others.

Tiffany can’t stand riding a broomstick (it makes her stomach heave) and even the simplest magic creation, a shamble, seems beyond her grasp. The everyday tasks of witches also seem a little monotonous.

But despite all this, Tiffany is precocious and powerful, and she’s attracted the attention of something really nasty.

Can the Nac mac Feegle help their big wee hag? Or will their new Kelda have something to say about it?

I enjoyed this book. Look out for Granny Weatherwax 🙂

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The Wee Free Men

This is a review of “The Wee Free Men” by Terry Pratchett. It is the 30th novel in The Discworld Series and the first novel in the Tiffany Aching Story Arc. The Tiffany Aching Arc is a YA arc.

Tiffany Aching is nine years old. She likes making cheese, and she dislikes looking after her sticky brother Wentworth. She is babysitting Wentworth down by the lake, when a ridiculous monster tries to grab him. She returns later on, uses Wentworth as bait to lure the monster, and bashes the monster with her iron frying pan.

She comes to the attention of witch Miss Tick, who pays Tiffany a visit. As they converse, Miss Tick realises that Tiffany has the makings of a witch. She also realises that The Chalk is in trouble. She leaves to get help, leaving behind her familiar, a talking toad.

And then Wentworth goes missing. Tiffany consults the Nac mac Feegle (Wee Free Men), pictsies: tiny blue men with red hair, Scottish accents and kilts. They inform her that Wentworth has been taken by the Queen (an elf).

It’s up to Tiffany to travel to the Queen’s world and rescue her little brother.

A great story about believing in yourself, doing the right thing, and seeing what’s actually there (not simply what you want to see).

I love the Nac mac Feegle. When something goes wrong, I feel like exclaiming “Oh! Waily waily waily”
or “Crivens!”.

Even though it is aimed at a YA audience, I loved this book just as much (and if not more than) as Pratchett’s other Discworld novels.

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Carpe Jugulum

This is a review of “Carpe Jugulum” by Terry Pratchett. It is the 23rd novel in The Discworld Series and the sixth novel in the Witches Story Arc. Character arc-wise it follows on from “Maskerade“.

There is a big celebration coming up in Lancre. It’s the naming day of the infant princess. An Omnian priest has been summoned, invites have been sent out, but it seems as though an important one has been misplaced…

Vampires have come to Lancre. They were invited (*forehead slap*) by King Verence. And they’re modern vampires. Armed with positive thinking, they can overcome everything. Garlic? No biggie. Holy objects? Pfft. Sunlight? No problemo! They’re also brilliant at mind control.

Only Agnes (and Perdita) and The Quite Reverend Mightily Oats are immune. This seems to be because both are always in two minds about everything. Lancre has fallen into the hands of the vampires, and no-one else even seems to care.

Granny Weatherwax has gone off to be alone, and Lancre needs her more than ever. It’s up to Agnes, Magrat and Nanny to find her and save the day.

This is a book about vampires, witches, friendship, faith, religion and knowing your own worth.

It was very humourous (as usual) and Terry Pratchett’s take on vampires is different, amusing and a little frightening. Look out for the Nac mac Feegle (I love them! They’re probably why I love the Tiffany Aching character arc so much.)

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Maskerade

This is a review of “Maskerade” by Terry Pratchett. It is the 18th novel in The Discworld Series and the fifth novel in the Witches Story Arc. Character arc-wise it follows on from “Lords and Ladies“.

Nanny Ogg notices that Granny Weatherwax is acting differently. Nanny’s worried that with Magrat gone and married to the King, Granny won’t be satisfied with the Lancre witching life with no one to boss about.

Nanny has someone in mind, but young Agnes Nitt has left Lancre to seek her fortune in Ankh Morpork as an opera singer under the pseudonym Perdita X Dream. But how to get Granny Weatherwax to travel to Ankh Morpok?

Nanny Ogg has a humorous solution.

Meanwhile the opera house in Ankh Morpork is suffering from a situation quite similar to the plot of The Phantom of the Opera.

A ghost is terrorizing the Opera House. At first it was making simple demands like surrendering Box 8 to the ghost on opening nights, but lately people are being murdered…

It’s up to Agnes, Granny and Nanny to solve the mystery of the opera ghost.

As with all of Pratchett’s work, “Maskerade” is humorous and entertaining. I quite liked the mystery and suspense of this novel. Look out for the appearance of other favourite Discworld characters.

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Wyrd Sisters

This is a review of “Wyrd Sisters” by Terry Pratchett. It is the 6th novel in The Discworld Series and the second novel in the Witches Story Arc. Technically it follows “Pyramids” which is the 5th Discworld novel, but character-arc wise it follows “Equal Rites“.

Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick have formed a coven at Magrat’s suggestion. No-nonsense Granny and adventurous Nanny have been lifelong witches and the younger Magrat has a more romanticised view of witchcraft. She is all for dramatic eyeshadow, occult jewellery, eye of newt and full moon dances.

While meeting as a coven, they are stumbled upon by a man sheltering a baby from guards who are in hot pursuit. The witches save the infant and send the guards on their way. To keep him safe, they give the baby to a childless couple, who are also members of a roving theatre troupe.

The baby is the son of the newly murdered King Verence. The murderer is his relative, the Duke. He was bullied into it by his wife, the (mountainous, though she would say voluptuous) Duchess. Racked by guilt, the Duke is going a little loopy…

Up in the castle, The Fool is miserably going about his task of making people happy. He really doesn’t like his job, and never has, but what else is a guild-trained Fool to do?

This book is highly entertaining if you have ever studied Shakespeare, specifically Macbeth or Hamlet.

“Wyrd Sisters” focuses on the power of words, on propaganda and on how the way something is talked about can affect the way it is remembered. It’s also very humorous, very clever and entertaining.

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