The Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching)

By Terry Pratchett

The first in a sequence of Discworld novels starring the younger witch Tiffany Aching.

A nightmarish possibility threatens from the opposite part of fact. . . .

Armed with just a frying pan and her good judgment, younger witch-to-be Tiffany Aching needs to protect her domestic opposed to the monsters of Fairyland. fortunately she has a few very strange aid: the neighborhood Nac Mac Feegle—aka the Wee loose Men—a extended family of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men.

Together they have to face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying goals come actual, and eventually the sinister Queen of the Elves herself. . . .

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You left your little brother in the back of with a number of little thieves and also you rescued a spoiled little idiot. ” there has been no time! shrieked Tiffany’s 3rd recommendations. You wouldn’t ought to him and received again to the lighthouse! you just about didn’t break out because it used to be! you were given Roland out! It used to be the logical factor to do! You don’t must be responsible approximately it! What’s greater, to attempt to save lots of your brother and be courageous, brave, silly, and lifeless, or store the boy and be courageous, brave, brilliant, and alive? yet anything stored announcing that silly and lifeless might were more…right.

It floats aroound till it reveals a spot that’s vulnerable on an international the place no one’s payin’ consciousness, and opens a door. Then the Quin sends in her folks. For the stealin’, ye ken. Raidin’ o’ barns, rustlin’ of cattle—” “We used to love stealin’ the coo beasties,” acknowledged Daft Wullie. “Wullie,” stated Rob anyone, pointing his sword, “you ken I acknowledged there wuz occasions you might want to imagine prior to starting yer gigantic fats gob? ” “Aye, Rob. ” “Weel, that wuz one o’ them occasions. ” Rob became and regarded up at Tiffany really bashfully.

He was once so depressing, he came upon one other doorway and got here instantly again. ” “He got here again? ” stated Tiffany, astonished. “He acknowledged it used to be greater to belong the place you don’t belong than to not belong the place you used to belong, remembering if you happen to used to belong there,” stated Roland. “At least, i believe that’s what he stated. He stated it’s now not too undesirable right here in case you continue out of the Queen’s means. He says you could study much. ” Tiffany appeared again on the hunched determine of Sneebs, who was once nonetheless looking at the nut cracking. He didn’t glance as if he was once studying whatever.

His fats arms scrabbled on the knots. Tiffany watched the water conscientiously. was once it getting darker? was once it getting greener? used to be that simply waterweed down there? have been these bubbles only a trout, guffawing? No. She ran out of her hiding position with the frying pan swinging like a bat. The screaming monster, jumping out of the water, met the frying pan coming the wrong way with a clang. It used to be a superb clang, with the oiyoiyoioioioioioinnnnnggggggg that's the mark of a clang good performed. The creature hung there for a second, a couple of the teeth and bits of eco-friendly weed splashing into the water, then slid down slowly and sank with a few colossal bubbles.

There has been a shout in the back of her. She twisted within the Queen’s grip and observed Roland scuffling with for the hammer. As she watched, he became desperately and raised the heavy factor over his head, knocking over the elf in the back of him. The Queen pulled her round savagely because the hammer fell. “Sweetie? ” she hissed. “I’ll convey you swe—” “Crivens! It’s the Quin! An’ she’s received oour kelda, the ol’ topher! ” “Nae Quin! Nae Laird! Wee unfastened males! ” “I may well murrrder a kebab! ” “Get her! ” Tiffany could have been the single individual, in the entire worlds that there are, to feel free to listen to the sound of the Nac Mac Feegle.

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