Despite being an avid fantasy reader, I’ve probably only read about fifteen of the 41 Discworld novels, but The Wee Free Men is the first book in the Tiffany Aching series and works well as a standalone novel (though the beloved witches Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax make an appearance in this).
The plot is a familiar one of a girl, Tiffany, having to rescue her baby brother when he’s stolen by an evil Fairy Queen. Tiffany grew up on a farm, herding sheep and making cheese, yet she aspires to become a witch, and resolves to steal her annoying, little brother back with the help of the Nac Mac Feegle – an endearing clan of small, blue warriors with Scottish accents.
Tiffany is such an appealing protagonist, with a strong moral compass, courage, common sense and determination, and this is such a refreshing fantasy tale full of autonomous, empowered women from Tiffany and her late grandmother to the Kelda who rules the fearsome Nac Mac Feegle, and even the evil Fairy Queen.
The Wee Free Men is a fun little story that plays around with fairytale tropes, and it’s a great witchy read for October. Take care, and have a lovely week. X