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A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

Posted by redkoireviews on 04/03/2006

A Hat Full of Sky book cover A Hat Full of Sky is aimed at “young adults” and follows the story of Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegle (Pictsies) in “Wee Free Men“. After the heavy, dense read that was Voss, this was almost a relief to read.

Tiffany Aching is a young witch, leaving her home and dairy to learn how to become a witch. However, she ends up having to learn a lot more a lot faster after an ancient spirit like monster called a ‘Hiver’ steals her body and mind. Wikipedia has a full if bland sysnopsis.

Terry Pratchett’s witches are my favourite group of characters. Thet have a strong sense of social justice in a way that most humans don’t. They understand people, history, land and creatures. They ‘live on the edge’, understanding the light and dark sides of everything. Oddly, they seem a bit Australian: practical, blunt with words and stubborn. They don’t like ‘official’ authority and at least pretend to be very egalitarian. Oh, and they’re very funny too.

The central plot is not very subtle: Girl gets attacked by Monster, Girl fights back etc. But that isn’t the point. The story is more about Tiffany’s understanding of what being a whitch is all about – what the ‘soul and centre’ of a good witch is. In ‘Wee Free men, Tiffany fought the Queen almost intuitively. In “A Hat Full of Sky” she fights the hiver with some intuition and some knowing. Overall, an easy read that isn’t an empty read.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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