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Published:July 7th, 2011 10:47 EST
The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett Review

The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett Review

By Tony Graff

The majority of fantasy literature is pretty serious. Fairy tales themselves were there to teach a lesson and keep children on the right path so nothing bad would happen to them.

With that kind of history, Terry Pratchett has carved a name for himself using fantasy and fairy tale elements in humor.

Among his best novels in the Discworld series are The Wee Free Men novels. The four books follow Tiffany Aching, a young witch growing up in an area simply called The Chalk.

As she learns about being a witch and what real magic is, she is helped - I use the term loosely -  by a clan of six inch tall, blue skinned, Scottish, red haired sheep thieves called the Nac Mac Feegles. These characters provide much of the humor in the book, but don`t steal the show like the minions from Despicable Me do.  

The writing itself lends itself quite a bit to making The Wee Free Men a fun read. From a glossary of commonly used Feegle terms to the interjections and side notes on the book, Terry Pratchett makes this series an enjoyable break from what we commonly call fantasy. 

The four books in the series are: The Wee Free Men, A Hatful of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight. Definitely worth the read.