The Wee Free Men is the 30th book in the Discworld series written by Terry Pratchett. It is a fantasy novel that follows the adventures of a young girl named Tiffany Aching. The book was first published in 2003 and is set in the fictional world of Discworld, a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants, which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle swimming through space.
The story begins with Tiffany Aching, a nine-year-old girl who lives on a farm called The Chalk. She has always been different from other children, possessing a strong sense of responsibility and an affinity for the land. One day, she sees strange creatures stealing her brother’s toys and discovers that they are Nac Mac Feegle, also known as the Wee Free Men. These little blue men are fierce warriors and notorious troublemakers.
Tiffany learns that her brother has been kidnapped by the Queen of Fairyland, who plans to use him to gain power over the human world. Determined to rescue him, Tiffany sets off on a journey to Fairyland with the Wee Free Men as her companions. Along the way, she encounters various challenges and obstacles, including dangerous creatures and magical beings.
As Tiffany delves deeper into Fairyland, she discovers her own hidden powers as a witch. With the help of Granny Weatherwax, an experienced witch from another part of Discworld, Tiffany learns to harness her abilities and confront the Queen. Together with the Wee Free Men and other allies she meets along the way, Tiffany engages in a battle of wits and bravery to save her brother and protect her world from the Queen’s malevolent plans.
“The Wee Free Men” explores themes of courage, identity, and the power of belief. It showcases Terry Pratchett’s trademark humor and wit while also delving into deeper philosophical questions about responsibility and growing up. The book is a coming-of-age story that emphasizes the importance of staying true to oneself and standing up for what is right.
In summary, “The Wee Free Men” is a delightful and enchanting fantasy novel that follows the adventures of Tiffany Aching as she battles the Queen of Fairyland to rescue her brother and protect her world. It combines elements of humor, adventure, and magic to create a compelling story that will captivate readers of all ages.
The Wee Free Men
- Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young future witch, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is home to hers. Forced to Fairyland in search of her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allied with Nac Mac Feegle, a local of Chalk, a.k.a. the Wee Free Men, a group of 6 tall blue-skinned men. inch, specializes in stealing sheep, wielding swords and ferocious like them. funny. Together, they battle in a strange and ever-changing setting, battling brutal flying fairies, dream-flying humans, and hounds (black dogs with fire-eyed and flaming eyes). razor-sharp teeth) before confronting the Goblin Queen, the absolute ruler of a world in which reality is intertwined with nightmares. And in the final duel, Tiffany must face her ferocious power alone.
In a gripping story that balances suspense and humor, Carnegie medalist Terry Pratchett returns to his globally acclaimed Discworld with a gripping story that is sure to make fans, new and old, passion.
My 9 year old daughter and I listen to audiobooks whenever we drive longer than 15 minutes and this is one of our favorites. I find myself giggling at the thought of Rob Anybody and the Jock-not-so-big-but-big-than-Jock Jock and their escapades. Humor aside, I like the message that looking at things and thinking through them is more important than being able to do magic. We should all have First Look and Second Thought. Especially since they usually help Tiffany sort things out on her own before Nac Mac Feegle returns to the scene from any fun that distracts them from the current crisis.
I’ve been listening to Terry Pratchett’s books at work for several years and this is one of the best. Tiffany, the nine-year-old witch, and Nac Mac Feegle are both fun and serious at the same time, and the sense of place, “Land Under the Waves” plays a big part in the book is wonderfully evoked. I laugh often and love Terry’s rework of some very traditional fantasy themes as seen through his particular set of cracked lenses. I would recommend this to both adults and older kids, especially little girls who need some heroes of their own, and especially to the parents of those little girls. Just a great read.
I love Wee Free Men, so a book about them is a real treat. Pratchett’s new character Tiffany is amazing, maybe a little older than her by 9 years, but still an interesting character. Treat yourself and get this audiobook!
I’ve been an adult for a long time and found this adult/kids series very enjoyable. The plot is light but interesting but the humor makes you laugh out loud. Not sweet but not gloomy either. NacMacFleegals and Wee Big Hag for easy listening.
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