The Wee Free Men: The First Tiffany Aching Adventure (Discworld Series #30)

The Wee Free Men: The First Tiffany Aching Adventure (Discworld Series #30)

by Terry Pratchett


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The first in a series of Discworld novels starring the young witch Tiffany Aching.

A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality. . . .

Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle—aka the Wee Free Men—a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men.

Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the sinister Queen of the Elves herself. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062435262
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: Discworld Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 129,846
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, was the author of more than 70 books, including the internationally bestselling Discworld series of novels. His books have been adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. In January 2009, Pratchett was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry, who lived in England, died in March 2015 at the age of 66.


Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England


Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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“Ethically challenging, beautifully orchestrated, philosophically opposed to the usual plot fixes of fantasy.”
 — Guardian

“A passion for language, wordplay and puns bursts from the pages.”
Daily Telegraph

"Funny, terrifying and enlightening and quite, quite brilliant."

"Plenty to laugh at here, not least Pratchett's ability to put a 90 degree spin on the familiar."
The Times

"Teen witch Tiffany is one of [Terry Pratchett's] most formidable creations yet."
Time Out

"Ingenious mélange of fantasy, action, humour, and sly bits of social commentary."
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The Wee Free Men: The First Tiffany Aching Adventure (Discworld Series #30) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 207 reviews.
Bob_the_Director More than 1 year ago
Terry Pratchett has never written a bad book. The wit and wisdom of Mr. Pratchett is incredible and he'll make you laugh your guts out. The Wee Free Men is another great one by the master of farcical fantasy. A young farm girl follows her little brother into Fairyland and the Elf Queen who kidnapped him. The Wee Free Men (little blue men with flaming red hair with scottish brogues), know as Feegles, introduced in earlier works from the Discworld Series are here to help her. These guys will fight anything or anyone. Except Lawyers, who are terrifying to the little blue battle frenzying guys. With the help of the Feegles the girl is out to rescue her bratty baby brother and hilarity ensues. Three famous characters from the Discworld series show up for cameos and a promise of things to come for the young witch (age 9). Great story to read aloud to kids if you can handle the Scottish Brogue of the dialogue. Make sure you have time to stay up late to finish another comedic page turner form dear Mr. Pratchett.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fantastic. Tiffany is the girl I wish I had been when I was young and hope my daughters will be.
paper_angel21 More than 1 year ago
The phone eReaders (I have a Blackberry Curve) may not be able to handle the footnotes. Terry Pratchett often includes extensive footnotes that add to the story and are fun to read! Spoke with technical support, who confirmed that it would not work with some phones (maybe all). The links do work on the computer, but who only reads books on their computer?? Wasn't able to get any credit for the book either. Sadly the story seems fun and being able to read the footnotes would make it so much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally reccommend this book so awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first foray into the world of Terry Pratchett and Discworld. Loved it. Tiffany was the perfect heroine, unsure of herself at first, gradually gaining confidence in her witch skills. The Wee Free Men were hilarious.
Twilights_Moon More than 1 year ago
Terry Pratchett never disappoints. Tiffany Aching is quick, clever, and she has the hilarious Wee Free Men on her side. Great read, I didn't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imagine this: You are in a dark theater. You check the program. The play? The Wee Free Men. The curtain goes up. You have entered Discworld. The play is about a nine-year old witch. Tiffany Aching. She was just another child on the farm... till she saw Jenny Greenteeth. You watch, entranced as she befriends the Nac Mac Feegles, and becomes their kelda. She then enlists their help to venture into the heart of Fairyland and rescue her kidnapped younger brother. The curtains close. A moment of silence. Your eardrums explode.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The introductory story of Tiffany & the Nac Mac Feegles is hilarious: what happens when fairy-tale monsters meet up with someone who has (Un)Common Sense, even if that someone is a child. Pratchett is a genius of satire, and this book is no exception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick read that is a lot of fun. The interesting lead character is a spunky young lady that keeps the story moving along. While the target audience is young, it is a great read for us more mature people also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love all of his books. Highly recommended although you may well become a discworld addict.
Raven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(I'm not actually making a deliberate effort to re-read all of the Discworld, it just... seems that way.)I'd forgotten the plot of this one, I have to say. The reason, which I discovered on this re-read, is that it... doesn't actually have one. This being a novel by Terry Pratchett, this isn't as much of a problem as one might think. In brief: Tiffany Aching, a shepherd's daughter from the Chalk, a part of the Discworld not entirely unlike Wiltshire, meets a horrible monster in a stream near her family's farm. Being a sensible, careful, logical sort of person, she hauls off and hits it with a frying-pan, using her little brother as bait. And that sets up how this story is going to go, right there. There are going to be magical goings-on, but they're going to be dealt with. Decisively. Tiffany, who is one of my favourite of the Discworld characters, is intelligent, sardonic, logical to the point of coldness, and a beautifully-observed, whole character who is perfectly capable of carrying the whole novel. Her story is told in bits and pieces throughout, and it is very much her story, despite the title of the novel.Which isn't to say that the Nac Mac Feegle don't have their place. They're wonderful - and I much prefer them in this friendlier, slightly-easier-to-understand version (the "adult novel" versions of them in Carpe Jugulum are much less fun), complete with shouts of "Crivens!" and "waily, waily, waily" and tendency to get pished. And more than that, they are a wonderful change from the usual sorts of little helpers that accompany young female heroines in kids' books about magic.Of course, once the story has all been set up, and the landscape of the Chalk, Tiffany and her family, and the Feegles' existence and slightly crazed theology have been given the attention they need, there isn't a lot of room left for plot, and the "rescuing brother from evil snow Queen" is far too The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for words. But once it all has been set up, it's there for Wintersmith and A Hat Full of Sky, and those have all the good points of this novel, plus wonders of their own.
catherinestead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tiffany Aching wants to be a witch when she grows up - but in the meantime she puts her incipient skills to good use rescuing her small and very sticky brother from the clutches of The Queen, aided only by a toad, a frying pan and a band of tiny, blue-skinned barbarian pictsies.I wasn't sure whether I'd like the Tiffany Aching books, given that I don't read a lot of YA lit. Beyond the fact that the main protagonists (well, the human ones) are children and the relative simplicity of the verbal puns, there's not a lot of difference between this and the adult Discworld books.Tiffany is an excellent character whose self-awareness grows a lot through the course of the book. I adored the Nac Mac Feegle, who hurtle with riotous abandon through the pages leaving chaos (but nothing that isn't nailed down) being them.This is a gloriously effervescent story, which has me really looking forward to A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith.
ClicksClan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been hurtling through the remaining Discworld books recently. The reading bug caught up with me again this March, presumably because I have an assignment that I should really actually be working on instead so therefore everything is looking much more interesting and fun instead. It makes me a little bit sad to think that I'm getting through them all so quickly because I get excited each time I come around to my top shelf and the next Discworld book.Anyway, The Wee Free Men is the second of the young adult Discworld novels and the first featuring Tiffany Aching. Tiffany is a young witch (although when the book begins she isn't really yet) whose brother is stolen by the 'Queen' and who she sets about trying to rescue with the help of a host of small blue pictsies.When I met Terry Pratchett, many, many years ago, The Wee Free Men had been published fairly recently (in fact, I think that perhaps it was part of the publicity for the book that he gave the talk I attended). I remember him talking about the idea of the pictsies but aside from brief mentions of them in other books in the series, I hadn't read this one before, so this was my first real introduction to them.I actually have a funny feeling that he read the first chapter to us when we met him. It was the strangest thing reading it for myself. Either I've picked it up and just read the first chapter on my own at some point, or he read it to us. I knew exactly what was going to happen before I read it.I have enjoyed the previous glimpses of the Wee Free Men in previous books, but it was really good to learn more about them. Terry Pratchett has such a fantastic way of creating the whole Discworld, I loved the whole social structure of the pictsies, with the Kelda and all the men. I loved the way they spoke too. They're deliberately meant to be a bit of a mickey take of Scots and it's done very well. I love the way that the accent is reproduced in the book. There are a couple of points where Tiffany accidentally slips into their dialect, which is hilarious because I've been here for almost half my life and I find myself doing it still but I'm so English it sounds ridiculous.As always, the humour is brilliant. I know that Discworld humour isn't for everyone, but it's so clever. I always like it when I get a little nod or reference to something in the real world. For example, the Wee Free Men make use of war poets, who recite (bad) poetry to scare off their enemies. These poets are called Gonnagles and the particular one who crops up in this story is called William, a little nod to William McGonagall (seriously, if you've never heard of him, Google him).I'm really looking forward to the next Tiffany Aching book (A Hat Full Of Sky) which I believe I started reading or at least skimmed through a few years back but when I realised it was the second in the series, I put it down. I love her as a character and as I'm a big fan of the Witches books, I'm looking forward to seeing how they progress. I feel like of like Equal Rites could have worked well as a young adult book. I think these would also be a good introduction to the Discworld books for someone who didn't know where to begin, starting with The Wee Free Men and then moving onto the original Witches books. It's a good bridge in the series, if you don't mind going backwards.And as a random, totally unrelated note. I very nearly picked up and American copy of the book while I was in Oban on Saturday. I had no reason to buy it but I did get very excited at first because Oxfam had a massive stack of Discworld books (which went more or less up to the same place in the series that I've got up to, so no cheap secondhand Discworld books for me). Having a totally different cover to all the others meant that it just stood out and caught my eye.I've now finished the entire first shelf of my bookcase now, which means it won't be too long before I'm actually finished with all the Discworld books to date. Next up is one of my favourite
adriannebaker85 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
`Wee Free Men¿ is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. Tiffany Aching¿s little brother is kidnapped by the Queen of another world ¿ a world where your dreams and nightmares come true. Tiffany sets off on a journey to rescue him with a large pair of boots and a frying pan. She meets up with the Wee Free Men, a band of brothers bent on fighting and drinking who assist her on her journey. Tiffany also wants to become a witch and this factors into her adventures.I read a lot of Pratchett books when I was younger and really enjoyed them. This book however did not really cut it for me. I find Pratchett to be rather wordy and sometimes unclear. He is a humorous writer, no doubt about that, but I guess I have grown out of his style. It is an interesting plot line, but I wish certain aspects of it were a little bit more developed, for example, Tiffany meets a witch who is briefly involved with the story but then disappears almost completely until the very end of the story. I think if the witch was a little more involved somehow the story line would be more interesting and maybe have held me a little better as a reader.
sleepydumpling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lots of fun. Some brilliant laugh out loud moments.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh wonderful wonderful wonderful! The nonillustrated version was a fantastic new story by Pratchett, and this illustrated version does the original justice. There are details on every single page, including adorable wee free men trying to steal the letters off the page. Every child should own this!
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just finished the audio version of this book and really enjoyed it. Tiffany Aching is tired of taking care of her little brother Wentworth. But when he's kidnapped by fairies, Tiffany decides to get him back. Maybe her recent decision to become a witch will help her on this. And then there's the Nac Mac Feegles - pictsies. They just might help. If they can stay sober long enough. And if she explains things in very, very simple terms.Not a very good summary, but I can tell you that this is one seriously funny book that was a great read. I love Terry Pratchett. If you like fantasy or like to laugh, you should give his books a try.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tiffany Aching is a tough cookie. She is identified as a witch, taking after Granny Aching, and suddenly thrust into the responsibility of keeping the world safe from the evil Queen and the other dangers of the fairy world. When her brother is taken by the queen, Tiffany is determined to get him back. The Nac Mac Feegle (the wee free men) brought a lot of comic relief and action to the story. They are famous for their fighting, drinking, and stealing, and certainly demonstrate that reputation.
ironicqueery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant to being the Tiffany Aching Adventure series by Terry Pratchett. I love his adult Discworld books so much, I was afraid his attempts at young adult fiction would be subpar and spoil his genius for me. After reading The Wee Free Men, I'm now just disappointed that I waited so long to read it. While the familiar Discworld characters are absent, Pratchett's fabulous writing is not. The new characters rank right up there with the Discworld characters and the plot is not watered down for younger readers. If anything, perhaps it's not sufficiently different to account for younger readers. The Wee Free Men are wonderful characters, complete with Scottish accents. Tiffany is also a wonderful new addition and has the makings of a wonderful, matter-of-fact, witch. Political and current events satire is missing, but the references to our own world is alive and strong and readers will enjoy making the connections. Overall, another great book by Pratchett, in which he flaunts his writing range and mastery with ease.
JNSelko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love the Wee Free Men! More please, sir.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tiffany Aching, armed with only a frying pan and a horde of wee free men (not pixies, but pictsies - slightly more havoc-wreaking and certainly more drunk than the other type) takes on The Queen of the Faeries, to rescue her little brother. The Wee Free Men isn't just a great young adult book, it's a great book, period. Tiffany should be held up as a role model for young girls. I want to send along copies of this book to all my cousins, nieces and assorted family, because Mr. Pratchett has done such a spectacular job of creating such a deeply awesome story.
ejl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Tiffany Aching is a great character. This book has great appeal to girls. Tiffany is a strong, resilient role model.
SeditiousBroom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I discounted Terry Pratchett's The Wee Free Men when it first hit bookshelves. The reviews said it was aimed at teens. I may love almost all the novels based in The Disc World, but I didn't much feel like reading something that would likely make me feel patronized. Hat Full of Sky, the sequel, received the same treatment from me.Then I saw mister Pratchett in person during his tour for the third Tiffany Aching book, Wintersmith. Forget that the coldest season is practically my deity. Leave aside that I cry when I see snow for the first time each year. I sat in an audience while a man with a frail, nervous body; big, brown hat; very little ego; and scalpel wit effortlessly made me laugh over and over again. He talked of the book, his process of writing, reached up the aisle, and liberally applied a flamethrower to my muse. She has been all but unstoppable since.Wintersmith was such a joy that I read it four times in as many months. I read the other two books in the series. I ordered hardback copies.I'm reading The Wee Free Men again this week. I can see that it really is meant for young readers. Yet, just because the book's setting is a fantasy world, most words are easily read, and the more complex phrases are explained doesn't mean that the book is simple. Not by a long shot. She leaned down, and centuries bent with her. "The secret is not to dream," she whispered. "The secret is to wake up. Waking up is harder. I have woken up and I am real. I know where I come from and I know where I'm going. You cannot fool me anymore. Or touch me. Or anything that is mine." I'll never be like this again, she thought, as she saw the terror in the Queen's face. I'll never again feel as tall as the sky and as old as the hills and as strong as the sea. I've been given something for a while, and the price of it is that I have to give it back.Those few paragraphs in particular ram a spear through my chest every time, and they are not alone in their potency. Each of the three books, especially Wintersmith, make me laugh very often and fight back tears at least once or twice per read. I find a few of mister Pratchett's books to be funnier. Many of his plots are less obvious. However, nothing of his that I have read is more powerful. I love this series.
serpentkills on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Of all the Discworld books I've read, and admittedly there haven't been that many, this has got to be my favorite. I knew it was going to be a great book as soon as the protagonist walloped Jenny Green Teeth in the face with a frying pan. And I'm not sure it's possible to read this book and not love the Nac Mac Feegle.I don't actually have anything bad to say about this book, so I think I'll stop the gushing there. Suffice it to say, it was fantastic and I highly recommend it.
mposey82 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first in the Tiffany Aching series. Where to begin. I continue to enjoy the children's works by Pratchett. With Tiffany he continues to give complex flawed characters that are often absent from the target audience of this literature. What I love most about Tiffany is that while she is smart, self reliant and ready to think on her feet she is annoyed by her kid brother, doesn't enjoy her chores, thinks petty thoughts and in general is a real person. Also how do you resist any story with the nac mac feegle