Couldn't resist, I had to read the next Tiffany Aching book straightaway. No backbone that's my trouble! ;-) And so my second book for Carl's Once Upon a Time II challenge is A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett.
Tiffany is now eleven years old. She hasn't done much witching since the events of the last book but she has taught herself the 'see me' trick - the art of stepping outside her body to view her appearance. Unfortunately, that kind of magic attracts attention and sometimes it's of the unwelcome variety. Tiffany is to leave the farm, accompanied by Miss Tick, her destination being the home of the witch, Miss Level, to whom she will be apprenticed. Unbeknowns to Tiffany and Miss Tick the Unwelcome Attention is not far behind. What does it want? Well, it needs a body to take over and the more powerful the better. Very soon, Tiffany will have to fight for the right to inhabit her own mind. Thankfully, she will not be alone, Granny Weatherwax and the Wee Free Men are there to help but this is one tough fight and ultimately it might all boil down to Tiffany...
I think I actually liked A Hat Full of Sky more than The Wee Free Men. There's not much in it mind, both are great fun, but maybe A Hat Full of Sky was just a tiny bit more exciting and what happened to Tiffany this time a bit more intriguing. The introduction of the coven for apprentices and their spiteful leader, Annagramma, was another delightful extra, imo, and there was far more Granny Weatherwax, who is one of my favourite Discworld characters. Death makes an appearance too of course, always a joy... I thought he appeared in every book but for the life of me I can't remember him in The Wee Free Men. Anyway, wonderful... a complete page turner. Sadly, I can't read the third book, Wintersmith, straight off as I don't have it. I'll have to wait until I can get it from my daughter. Hmph.
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