‘Crivens! Whut aboot us, ye daftie!’
There’s trouble on the Aching farm – nightmares spreading down from the hills. And Tiffany Aching’s little brother has been stolen away. To get him back, Tiffany has a weapon (a frying pan), her granny’s magic book (well, Diseases of the Sheep) – and the Nac Mac Feegle, the Wee Free Men, the fightin’, thievin’, tiny blue-skinned picties who were thrown out of Fairyland for being Drunk and Disorderly.
I’ve read a lot of Terry Pratchett books. I thought I had firm favourites of both books and characters, and then I read this book.
Tiffany is a wonderful character, along with the Nac Mac Feegles.
This one is much more serious and darker than his other Discworld books, although it does have its amusing moments too.
As with all Pratchett’s characters, they’re so real. It’s rare for me to put down a book and genuinely believe they are continuing their lives, to be able to truly imagine that.
I was constantly on the edge of tears, (and sometimes in tears), with this book. It managed to hit its mark with me every single time.
While this is aimed at children, there might be a few things they’ll struggle with.
The Nac Mac Feegles speech is written different, obviously to imitate the Scottish accent. Once I got the hang of it, it was fine, but you did have to concerntrate to understand what they were saying.
There are brief mentions of animal cruelty, very brief. This book also deals with death, and grieving, of a loved one. The entire book is tinged with a sad tone. I would recommend this for older children, but it’s up to the parent’s discretion.
I can’t say anything bad about this book except that it had to end, but, thankfully, there’s a sequel!
The review of the sequel, A hat full of sky, can be found at the bottom!
Was it worth the read? Yes
Would I re-read? Yes
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