Note: All my reviews are spoiler free!
A real witch never casually steps out of her body, leaving it empty. Eleven-year-old Tiffany does. And there’s something just waiting for a handy body to take over. Something ancient and horrible, which can’t die . . .
I’m not sure what it is about the Tiffany Aching series in particular, but I connect with these books so strongly, stronger than any of the other Discworld books.
This is the second in the Tiffany Aching series, (but not in the Discworld series), and both this one and the first have had me in tears. (You can find the review of the first at the bottom.)
I think it’s mainly Tiffany, the main character, herself that has me reacting so strongly. The relationship with her Granny Achings and her connection to the chalk. It’s safe to say it has me bawling.
This is a brilliantly written and wonderfully different kind of fantasy story. A fantasy story that has real life lessons weaved so well into them. It feels like real life in a fantasy kind of way.
Maybe that’s why it has me wailing like a banshee?
I’ve found, while there are light-hearted, humourous moments, the Tiffany Aching series is a lot more serious with a hint of sadness to them than the Discworld series as a whole. Ironic considering these are aimed at younger readers. Ironic, but brilliant.
The plot isn’t as strong as the first in the Tiffany series, but the character are so real and Tiffany herself is so wonderful that it’s so easy to slip into the world like a comfy pair of slippers and go along for the ride.
I highly recommend this book. For younger and older readers. It doesn’t dumb down for children. It treats them as the clever masterminds they are. I wish I’d have read these books as a young girl. They’re the kind to have an impact on someone.
To sum up, Brilliantly written, Amazing characters, Plot not as strong as previous
Was it worth the read? Yes
Would I re-read? Yes
Would I read this Author again? Yes
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