The Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching)

By Terry Pratchett

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

A nightmarish chance threatens from the opposite facet of truth. . . .

Armed with just a frying pan and her good judgment, younger witch-to-be Tiffany Aching needs to guard her domestic opposed to the monsters of Fairyland. fortunately she has a few very strange support: the neighborhood Nac Mac Feegle—aka the Wee unfastened 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 desires come real, and eventually the sinister Queen of the Elves herself. . . .

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One drop afore i'm going, please, Kelda Tiffan. ” Tiffany tipped the bottle a little. The kelda shook the cup irritably. “It used to be a bigger drop I had in brain, kelda,” she stated. “A kelda has a beneficiant middle. ” She took whatever too small to be a gulp yet too huge to be a sip. “Aye, it’s a lang time on account that I tasted this brose,” she acknowledged. “Your granny and that i used to ha’ a sip or in entrance o’ the hearth on chilly nights…. ” Tiffany observed it in actual fact in her head, Granny Aching and this little fats girl, sitting round the pot-bellied range within the hut on wheels, whereas the sheep grazed less than the celebs. “Ah, ye can see it,” acknowledged the kelda. “I can think yer eyes on me. That’s the 1st Sight workin’. ” She decreased the cup. “Fion, cross and fetch Rob anyone and William the gonnagle. ” “The bigjob is blockin’ the hole,” stated Fion sulkily. “I daresay there’s room to wriggle past,” stated the previous kelda within the form of calm voice that acknowledged a stormy voice might keep on with if humans didn’t do what they have been instructed. With a smoldering look at Tiffany, Fion squeezed prior. “Ye ken a person who retains bees? ” acknowledged the kelda. whilst Tiffany nodded, the little outdated lady went on, “Then you’ll be aware of why we dinna have many daughters. You canna ha’ quins in a single hive wi’oot a huge struggle. Fion needs to take her decide o’ them that would stick with her and search a extended family that wishes a kelda. that's our approach. She thinks there’s differently, as gels occasionally do. be cautious o’ her. ” Tiffany felt whatever movement earlier her, and Rob anyone and the bard got here into the room. there has been extra rustling and whispering, too. An unofficial viewers used to be amassing open air. whilst issues had settled down a bit, the previous kelda stated: “It is a nasty factor for a extended family to left wi’oot a kelda to monitor o’er it e’en for an hour. So Tiffan should be your kelda until eventually a brand new one could be fetched. ” there has been a murmur beside and in the back of Tiffany. The outdated kelda checked out William the gonnagle. “Am I correct that this has been performed prior to? ” she stated. “Aye. The songs say two times before,” acknowledged William. He frowned, and additional: “Or you'll say it used to be thrice in case you contain the time whilst the Quin was—” He used to be drowned out by means of the cry that went up at the back of Tiffany: “Nae quin! Nae king! Nae laird! Nae grasp! We willna be fooled back! ” The outdated kelda raised a hand. “Tiffan is the spawn of Granny Aching,” she acknowledged. “Ye all ken of her. ” “Aye, and ye observed the wee hag stare the heidless horseman within the eyes he hasna got,” acknowledged Rob anyone. “Not many of us can do this! ” “And i've been your kelda for seventy years and my phrases canna be gainsaid,” stated the previous kelda. “So the alternative is made. I inform ye, too, that ye’ll support her scouse borrow again her wee child brother. that's the destiny I lay on you all in reminiscence of me and Sarah Aching. ” She lay again in her mattress and in a quieter voice additional, “An’ now i'd have the gonnagle play ‘The Bonny Flowers,’ and wish to work out yez all back within the final international. To Tiffan I say be cautious. ” The kelda took a deep breath. “Somewhere, a’ tales are genuine, a’ songs are true…. ” The previous kelda fell silent.

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