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Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett.

Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (October 2, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780060890339

From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up–Winter must die, and Summer must sink into the ground; it is all part of the Story, and Tiffany Aching has danced into the middle of it. On the last day of autumn, Tiffany travels to the woods to witness the Black Morris, the traditional dance of the gods heralding the arrival of winter. In a moment of heedless excitement, her rollicking feet draw her to the music, and she crashes headlong into the Wintersmith. He is fascinated by the girl and proceeds to court her in his own fashion–all the snowflakes are made in her image and giant Tiffany-shaped icebergs appear in the sea. Meanwhile, Tiffany begins to show characteristics of the goddess Summer–the touch of her bare feet makes things grow. All the attention from the Wintersmith would be quite flattering were it not for the deadly winter that threatens the shepherds of the Chalk. As the situation is very dangerous and death is certain, the Nac Mac Feegles (along with an especially lively cheese named Horace) are directly in the fray protecting their big wee hag along with Annagramma, Granny Weatherwax, Miss Tick, and other favorites from past adventures. All are skillfully characterized; even the Wintersmith elicits sympathy as he joyfully buries the world in snow in his attempt to win Tiffany. Replete with dry and intelligent humor, this latest in the series is sure to delight.

This is book 3 of the series.  It is a pretty quick read and is enjoyable.

Once again Mr Pratchett brings together Nac Mac Feegles and witches and forms a love story (of sorts) around the very young Tiffany Aching.  Who, by the way, turns 13 in this story.

I still really like the Feegles, but they are used less in this book than the others. The older witches are used more to help Tiffany thru a time when none of them know exactly what will happen.

The Wintersmith tries to become human so that he can marry Tiffany.  (at least that makes him thoughtful). In some ways you even begin to feel sorry for him!  But in the end the wee big hag shows that she is a true witch, much to the Feegles delight.

(And you just have to love the names Mr Pratchett came up with for the witched and Feegles!)

This was an enjoyable read to this series (so far my favorite of them is book 2).  There is one more book “I Shall Wear Midnight” which I will read next.

Three out of Five books read for Once Upon a Time!


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