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Wintersmith - Terry Pratchett,
This review is from: Wintersmith (Discworld Novels) (Hardcover)
The third in the Tiffany Aching & the Nac Mac Feegle series and so far the best of the three. Each has improved on the former and the characterisations are better formed as the main character, Tiffany, gets older. It's funny but as she grows and becomes more adult so do the tales and as a reader and consumer the journey becomes more and more enjoyable. I was not happy with the first in the series (Wee Free Men) I think mainly because to me it appeared that the story was looking for a good tale to tell. The idea was a good one - young witch , learning the ropes, assisted (if that's right) in her endeavors by the Nac Mac Feegle but the first one didn't do it for me and did not gel as a coherent as this one does. This is a great tale. Tiffany attracts the attention of the Wintersmith ( a Jack Frost / Lord of the Winter character). But it not Jack Frost as he's already made an appearance in The Hogfather and he doesn't seem a bit like the elemental Wintersmith - an altogether more malevolent being. As is usual in Pratchett's stories there are plenty of giggles and sniggers and I must admit that as I love the Lancre Witches it's great to see Mistress Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg make their appearance. For me they make the story work.
In conclusion; another gem from Mr Pratchett. While for me it doesn't reach the levels of Going Postal or Thud! (or the Hogfather) it's a must for fans and a very serious consideration for any discerning reader. Not a young kid's book but would be enjoyed by all ages - except perhaps the very young where it could frighten. As a parent of now adult kids I'd say from 10 onwards should be fine.
My score: 8.5 out of 10
Postscript: Have just read a couple of reader reviews and one minor complaint was the Feegles speech: As I'm a Geordie the language is very close to my home dialect and therefore nee bother ataall!