Hi my loves, sorry there’s a bit of a delay on week five! I don’t know why this one took me so long to finish. That’s a lie, I had a meltdown last week and just couldn’t bring myself to do any reading. Kinda hard to read yourself to sleep when you’re busy crying yourself to sleep… Anyway, please ignore my self-pity and let me tell you about Wintersmith.
Continuing with my love of Pratchett, Wintersmith absolutely captured my heart. The Wintersmith, himself, seduced me entirely. An earnest, all-powerful god of winter who tries to become human to earn Tiffany’s love – of course I loved him to pieces.
We meet Tiffany again when she’s 13 and is living with a new mentor, the fantastic Miss Treason, who teaches her about ‘boff’ and the facade of fear that some people need in order to ask for help. Of course we see the Nac Mac Feegles again, joined this time by a blue cheese called Horace, who fits in with the lads very nicely. Granny Weatherwax becomes the unwilling owner of a kitten called You. Nanny Ogg will steal your heart with her witty and saucy commentary. Tiffany learns about love and jealousy, and how hurtful watercolour paints can be.
The overall idea of the plot is that Tiffany witnesses the Dance which summons summer. The Dance is performed by human Morris dancers but Winter and Summer always dance amongst them, one thriving and one dying. Tiffany is compelled to leap into the Dance and ends up capturing the Wintersmith’s heart and adopting Summer’s powers. This in turn, is particularly problematic because Tiffany is a 13 year old witch, and Summer is an eternal goddess who has been bringing the Spring forever. Tiffany upsets the balance, and winter threatens to last for all eternity if she does not restore the balance.
As always, Pratchett writes with humour and delicacy. Every page has a little moment which forces the reader to smile – most often, because of the resonance of the humour.
Wintersmith is 400 pages long, so I have a few more favourite passages than usual. Have a lil peruse and see for yourself how fabulous the writing is.
Apologies for the delay, I’ll write up book six as soon as possible. I’m feeling a tonne better this week so hopefully my reading will be back up to scratch!