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 probability threatens from the opposite aspect of truth. . . .

Armed with just a frying pan and her logic, 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 need to face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying goals come actual, and eventually the sinister Queen of the Elves herself. . . .

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It’s your fault since you didn’t love him greatly. He became up and also you weren’t the youngest anymore, and also you needed to have him trailing round when you, and also you stored wishing, didn’t you, that he’d depart. “That’s no longer precise! ” Tiffany whispered to herself. “I…quite beloved him…. ” now not greatly, admittedly. now not forever. He didn’t understand how to play accurately, and he by no means did what he used to be informed. You notion it might be higher if he did wander off. besides, she additional in her head, you can’t love humans forever once they have a completely runny nostril. Any anyway…I ask yourself… “I want i'll locate my brother,” she acknowledged aloud. This looked as if it would don't have any impression. however the residence was once packed with humans, beginning and closing doorways and calling out and entering into one another’s approach, and the…Feegles have been shy, regardless of lots of them having faces like a hatful of knuckles. Don’t want, pass over Tick had stated. Do issues. She went downstairs. Even many of the girls who’d been packing fleeces up on the shearing had come down. They have been clustered round her mom, who used to be sitting on the desk crying. not anyone spotted Tiffany. that frequently occurred. She slipped into the dairy, closed the door conscientiously in the back of her, and leaned right down to peer less than the sink. The door burst open back and her father ran in. He stopped. Tiffany appeared up guiltily. “He can’t be less than there, woman! ” her father stated. “Well, er…” stated Tiffany. “Did you glance upstairs? ” “Even the attic, Dad—” “Well. ” Her father appeared panicky and impatient whilst. “Go and…do whatever! ” “Yes, Dad. ” whilst the door had close, Tiffany peered less than the sink back. “Are you there, toad? ” “Very bad pickings lower than here,” the toad responded, crawling out. “You continue it very fresh. now not even a spider. ” “This is pressing! ” snapped Tiffany. “My little brother has long past lacking. In wide sunlight! Up at the downs, the place you can find for miles! ” “Oh, croap,” acknowledged the toad. “Pardon? ” stated Tiffany. “Er, that used to be, er, swearing in Toad,” stated the toad. “Sorry, but—” “Has what’s occurring acquired anything to do with magic? ” acknowledged Tiffany. “It has, hasn’t it…? ” “I wish it hasn’t,” acknowledged the toad, “but i feel it has. ” “Have these little males stolen Wentworth? ” “Who, the Feegles? They don’t thieve young children! ” there has been anything within the approach the toad acknowledged it. They don’t scouse borrow… “Do you recognize who has taken my brother, then? ” Tiffany demanded. “No. But…they might,” stated the toad. “Look, omit Tick advised me that you simply weren't to—” “My brother has been stolen,” acknowledged Tiffany sharply. “Are you going to inform me to not do something approximately it? ” “No, but—” “Good! the place are the Feegles now? ” “Lying low, I count on. where is filled with humans looking out, in the end, but—” “How am i able to convey them again? i would like them! ” “Um, pass over Tick said—” “How am i able to convey them again? ” “Er…you are looking to carry them again, then? ” stated the toad, having a look mournful. “Yes! ” “It’s simply that’s whatever now not many of us have ever desired to do,” stated the toad. “They’re in contrast to tarts. for those who get Nac Mac Feegle in the home, it’s frequently most sensible to maneuver away.

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