(Book 2 of OUaT, The Journey)
A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
(Discworld: Wee Free Men / Hat Full of Sky) I Will do two separate posts.
Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins(August 24, 2010)
A Hat Full of Sky: the second book in Wee Free Men, The Beginning:
Incipient witch Tiffany Aching, who confronted danger in The Wee Free Men (2003), faces even greater peril in this equally quirky sequel. She is taken on as an apprentice witch by Miss Level, who is one person with two bodies–an oddity to say the least. Also, Tiffany is stalked and taken over by a hiver, an invisible, brainless entity that commands and distorts the mind of its host, which eventually dies. Luckily Tiffany is strong enough to hide a section of her mind within herself, but she is otherwise completely under the control of the hiver. It’s the cantankerous Wee Free Men (or the Nac Mac Feegle) to the rescue, with the help of Miss Level and the wisest, most respected witch of all. The chase is part slapstick, part terror, and in the end, Tiffany herself sets things straight. Pratchett maintains the momentum of the first book, and fans will relish the further adventures of the “big wee hag,” as Tiffany is known to the Feegles.
This is a case of the story improving as it goes along. Or maybe it just wasn’t confusing like the dream in dreams of book one.
In A Hatful of Sky Tiffany goes off to learn more about being a Witch. She isn’t gone long when the Nac Mac Feegle’s have come to help her once again since they, first sense, and then know, she needs their help.
I enjoy the Feegle’s and their Irish (Scottish? ) accents, along with their stubbornness to protect Tiffany. I also enjoy the fact that they are “fairies” of a sort. Not the typical pretty little things with wings but fairies all the same. (another lesson? Not everyone has to look the same? or BE the same? wow, imagine that!)
At the beginning of the book is a Feegle glossary. This is the part where we learn new words ..
Hag: A witch of any age.
Bigjobs: human beings.
Scunner: A generally unpleasant person
Scuggan: A really unpleasant person
.. there really aren’t a lot of words and you pick up on them quickly. (If I can figure them out with my one, old, wrinkled brain cell ..anyone can!)
In this book Tiffany learns how to tolerate, and help, those that most would feel do not deserve her help.
To sum it up.. this book has adventure, learning, and a number of smiles along the way to keep anyone content.
An enjoyable read. Now on to book three: Wintersmith.