Book: A Hat Full of Sky (Tiffany Aching 2, Discworld 32) by Terry Pratchett
Release Date: 2004
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Other books in this series I reviewed
The Wee Free Men
Something is coming after Tiffany. . . .
Tiffany Aching is ready to begin her apprenticeship in magic. She expects spells and magic—not chores and ill-tempered nanny goats! Surely there must be more to witchcraft than this!
What Tiffany doesn’t know is that an insidious, disembodied creature is pursuing her. This time, neither Mistress Weatherwax (the greatest witch in the world) nor the fierce, six-inch-high Wee Free Men can protect her. In the end, it will take all of Tiffany’s inner strength to save herself . . . if it can be done at all.
I quite enjoyed the first book of the Tiffany Aching arc of Discworld, The Wee Free Men, but A Hat Full of Sky steps it up a notch. I love how Terry Pratchett plays with words. There is a subtlety and then sometimes it is so in your face. It is a gift. Tiffany Aching is a tad different from the rest of his Discworld books as this is more of a middle grade/young adult read. It is just a bit easier to be drawn into the world I feel.
In this book our Tifany is two years older and she is finally starting her studies as a witch. It is safe to say that this does not go entirely as she expected. If one was expecting lots of magic and spells from this study, you would be disappointed. As is Tiffany to a certain point. She is send to stay with an older witch and learns different things than she thought she would. Being a witch isn’t about magic, but about taking care about those surrounding you. The community. It is an interesting take on the witch compared to other fiction.
Tiffany is older but her self confidence has taken a hit when she is unable to do something and her studies don’t quite turn out like she expected. She doubts herself as she navigates a new world and new people. I enjoyed seeing this new layer to Tiffany as she grows older.
I also thought that the little crush Tiffany has was incorporated well in this book. It isn’t even called a crush but subtly hinted at here or there. It has its own place in the story without getting annoying. It does help that the subject of her affection is not near her. It was just cute and right for her age and I hope that it is continued on in the next books.
The little Wee Free Men are not quite as prominent as they were in the first book, but they still have their place. Their attachment to Tiffany is interesting to see. Even if she isn’t their kalda anymore she remains important to them. Ms. Level was such a great add, a witch with two bodies. Who even thinks of those things? I am still a little on the off when it comes to witch Weatherwax now known as Granny Weatherwax. Her relationship with Tiffany is interesting but I am not quite ready to go in and forget about wonderful Granny Aching. Seeing other girls around Tiffany’s age who also were witches was a great add and something that Tiffany did need at this age.
‘Granny Aching had never been at home with words. She collected silence like other people collected string. But she had a way of saying nothing that said it all.’
Then to top it off we got to see Death nearing the end of the book and I got so excited. One has to love how things cross over from various books of Discworld. It is what I love about this series in the first place.