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Book #21: A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

Number of pages: 352

This is the third of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels for young adults and the second about Tiffany Aching. In this book, Tiffany is learning to be a witch by becoming an apprentice to a new character, Miss Level. The Nac Mac Feegle make another appearance, and Granny Weatherwax also appears, although she doesn't get a lot to do until about half way through the book.

The pace of this book was a bit slower than Tiffany's previous adventure, with the main threat not arriving for several chapters. It comes in the form of a "Hiver", a creature that possesses Tiffany.

I noticed that this book felt unusually dark for a young adult book, although the usual humour was still present, the funniest moments coming when the Nac Mac Feegle decided to pretend to be a single human while travelling around (it's easier reading it than me attempting to find the right words to describe it here).

I overally enjoyed this book, although one of the best segments of the book felt that it was rushed a bit too much...

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It's when Tiffany escorts the Hiver to Death's world, and almost becomes trapped before Granny Weatherwax saves her. It was a bit strange that this section ended up resolved so fast after the relatively sedate pace of other parts of the book.

The best thing about this book was it having a lot of Granny Weatherwax in, although I hope the next book (Wintersmith) will have Nanny Ogg too. I also loved the fact that Terry Pratchett loves to throw in callbacks to previous books as Easter Eggs; there's a good subtle reference in this one to Witches Abroad.

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Tags: contemporary, fantasy, humor, witchcraft, young adult

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