The Wee Free Men

The Wee Free Men

Discworld: Young Adult Series, Book 2

eBook - 2008
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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 . . .


Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK


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Mar 09, 2020

First book in the Tiffany Aching series about a young girl who has the (very great) talent to become a witch. She meets the Nac Mac Feegle, who are a clan of fighting, trouble-making pictsies who value fighting over thinking. The message in this book concerns the nature of dreams and whether they should ALL come true. You know which dreams I'm talking about. Do you want THEM to come to life? Think about it....

Dec 28, 2019

I don't usually re-read books (there are so many new books I want to read!). But this is one I've read 3 or 4 times. So good.

Jun 17, 2019

This was the first book I've read in the Discworld universe, and I am completely hooked. I love Pratchett's prose, his cleverness, and his penchant for writing fully realized women. Thoroughly delightful.

Robotwell Oct 14, 2018

Tiffany is a protagonist that is a joy to follow through the entire series and Pratchett imbues all of the characters with incredible warmth and life.

Mar 25, 2017

This book takes you into a new world and on a wild ride with Tiffany Aching. A spin-off of the Discworld series, this title shows you what grit, determination, and third thoughts can get you through.

Feb 04, 2017

Hilarious quick read. If you are a student of Scottish history you will find the parallels in this story tickle your funny bone.

DBRL_KrisA Feb 02, 2017

I've only ever read two other books by Terry Pratchett - Good Omens, which he cowrote with Neil Gaiman, and the first Discworld book, The Color of Magic. I really liked Omens, but at the time, I was all about Gaiman, so (because it was not entirely a Gaiman story) I didn't *love* it. And I didn't quite get Pratchett's humor when I read Color of Magic.

But, approaching this book, I was more receptive to the funny bits. This is (I think) partly because it's a Young Adult book, and Pratchett's writing style just seems to me to fit that reading level better; but it's also partly because of the Wee Free Men themselves - the Nac Mac Feegle. I mean, they help around the farm, like pixies, but they speak with a brogue, they wear kilts, and they're blue - they're not pixies, they're *pict-sies*! They're hilariously written, and they're a big part of why I enjoyed this book so much.

Library_Liz Dec 06, 2016

What's not to love about 6-inch-high wee blue scotsmen in kilts running through the fields with live sheep on their backs, swilling whiskey left out in the barn for them like milk in a dish for cats. Crivens me wee laddies ach how I LOVE. THIS. BOOK.

Jul 29, 2016

Great book. Fun romp with a bunch of wee men who know how to have one hell of a time.

May 23, 2016

How can you not enjoy this book when you are dealing with the Nac Mac Feegles - the blue skinned, red haired, drinking, fighting and stealing 6-inch Scottish (scalawags the lot of them) Faeries that believe it's no good to lie unless you've done something wrong? To me, they are the stars of the book/series even if the series is really about Tiffany Aching's journey to becoming a full-fledged witch. I enjoyed her story, but the Nac Mac Feegles make me laugh every time I think of them.

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Jun 22, 2020

They had hair like an orange gone nova.

Jul 29, 2016

...if you trust in yourself... and believe in your dreams... and follow your star... you’ll still be beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy

Jul 29, 2016 father said that free advice often turns out to be expensive,” said Tiffany.

Jul 29, 2016

That, lad," he said proudly, "was some of the worst poetry I have heard for a long time. It was offensive to the ear and a torrrture to the soul....We'll make a gonnagle out of ye yet!

Jul 29, 2016

We always ken where we are! It’s just sometimes mebbe we aren’t sure where everything else is, but it’s no’ our fault if everything else gets lost!...

Jul 29, 2016

I can see we're going to get along like a house on fire," said Miss Tick. "There may be no survivors.

Jul 29, 2016

Zoology, eh? That's a big word, isn't it."

"No, actually it isn't," said Tiffany. "Patronizing is a big word. Zoology is really quite short

May 23, 2016

Miss Tick (witch) to Tiffany Aching (wanting to become a witch):
"If you trust in yourself...
...and believe in your dreams...
...and follow your star...'ll still get beaten by people who spent THEIR time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy. Good-bye."

Nov 16, 2010

"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 any more. Or touch me. Or anything that is mine."
— Terry Pratchett (The Wee Free Men)

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