Thursday, March 3, 2011

Title:  Wintersmith
Author:  Terry Practhett
Format:  Hardcover
Pages:  336
Genre:  Fantasy/Young adult
Series #:  3 of 4
Read in:  2010

Rating:  A-

Synopsis (from the publisher):  At 9, Tiffany Aching defeated the cruel Queen of Fairyland. At 11, she banished an ancient body-stealing evil. At 13, Tiffany faces a new challenge: a boy. And boys can be a bit of a problem when you're thirteen . . . .

But the Wintersmith isn't exactly a boy. He is Winter itself—snow, gales, icicles—all of it. When he has a crush on Tiffany, he may make her roses of ice, but his nature is blizzards and avalanches. And he wants Tiffany to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever.

Tiffany will need all her cunning to make it to Spring. She'll also need her friends, from junior witches to the legendary Granny Weatherwax. They—Crivens! Tiffany will need the Wee Free Men, too! She'll have the help of the bravest, toughest, smelliest pixies ever to be banished from Fairyland—whether she wants it or not. It's going to be a cold, cold season, because if Tiffany doesn't survive until Spring—Spring won't come.

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I wish I'd reviewed this book as soon as I read it, so I could actually remember all the reasons I liked this book.  But alas, I did not; therefore, this will be a short review.  I think Wintersmith is probably my favorite of the Tiffany Aching series.  The story was exciting and the Mac Feegles were their usual hilarious, troublesome selves.  Tiffany was also a more enjoyable character, easier to relate to and understand.  The Wintersmith presented a formidable adversary, and yet you can't help but pity him.  The other witches were great secondary characters with a lot of depth and humor.  A fun read.  A-

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