Want to Read a Book with no Nice Fairies?
Sir Terry Pratchett is one of the most prolific fantasy comedy writers I know of. He passed away in 2015, and has left a gaping hole in the hearts of many of us. As of his last novel, The Shepard’s Crown, he has published over 41 books set in the imaginary Discworld.
One of the real delights about the Discworld books is that the ones who feature the witches strike a chord in witches in the real world. The original witch trio of Esme (Granny) Weatherwax, Gytha (Nanny) Ogg, and Magrat Garlick prove to be popular amongst the tumblr witch community. And they are popular for good reason. Many of the things the Discworld witches say can be applied to witchcraft, and life, in general. The Wee Free Men is no exception to that!
The Wee Free Men follows nine-year-old Tiffany Aching in her first steps towards becoming a strong witch in her own right. She discovers small, blue, kilted men called ‘Nac Mac Feegles.’ Tiffany eventually calls upon the aid of the Feegles in order to rescue her younger brother, Wentworth, from the Queen of the Fairies.
Sir Pratchett’s Fae Folk don’t tend to be the nice and helpful variety common in fantasy literature. Discworld’s elves are decidedly nasty—prone to kidnapping children and enjoying the suffering of others. The Fairy Queen is no exception. The Feegles were exiled from Fairyland for drunk and disorderly conduct. Feegles love fighting, stealing, and drinking so much that they are willing to take on all comers—even themselves if need be. Because of this bold determination, they make good allies against the Fairy Queen.
It’s a breath of fresh air in Fantasy literature as a whole even without Sir Pratchett’s particular brand of satirical humor. Add that, and you have a reading experience that practically guarantees to make you want more of the Discworld novels and want them now.
Have you read any of the Discworld books featuring the witches? Let me know in the comments below!