Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Hat full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

A Hat Full of Sky


Title: A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld #32)
Author: Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #32, Tiffany Aching #2
Publisher: Corgi
Publication Date: June 6 2005
Source: Christmas

Goodreads Summary:
Something is coming after Tiffany ...

Tiffany Aching is ready to begin her apprenticeship in magic. She expects spells and magic -- not chores and ill-tempered nanny goats! Surely there must be more to witchcraft than this!

What Tiffany doesn't know is that an insidious, disembodied creature is pursuing her. This time, neither Mistress Weatherwax (the greatest witch in the world) nor the fierce, six-inch-high Wee Free Men can protect her. In the end, it will take all of Tiffany's inner strength to save herself ... if it can be done at all.

A Story of Discworld

My Thoughts
         Plot: Well, the plot of this book was a whole lot slower than the first one in the series. The humor that left you laughing out loud also wasn't present very often. However, this novel still did have deep parts where I was very impressed with Pratchett. So, let's move on . . . 

*******Warning Spoilers*******


       I thought it was a little contradictory that Tiffany was leaving the Chalk seeing as she had just learned that she belonged there, but whatever. I did like how we as readers got to see further into Tiffany's world of witches. I thought it was interesting how Pratchett showed how for each witch that way of living worked for her, but the truest form of Witchcraft was practiced by Tiffany and Granny Weatherwax. I think the only reason the hiver is able to posses Tiffany is because she isn't on her home turf. When a witch is on her home turf she is unstoppable. 
         That is why the hiver is not able to totally take over Tiffany, because deep inside Tiffany is a piece of her home turf, which is where her power comes from. I loved it when the Nac Mac Feegles entered Tiffany's mind and realized just how powerful she was.
          One of my favorite parts was at the witch trials when Tiffany creates a door to death and takes the hiver through. This moment in the book was very deep and though provoking. No one has ever tried to talk to the hiver, or even ask it why it does what it does, until Tiffany comes along. She asks, and because she does she is able to help the hiver. In the end the only way to get rid of the hiver wasn't to use brute force, or strong magic, but to listen to it, and grant its wish. I felt like the author emerged for a second into the story and gave his opinion on problems in the world. Sometimes we think the only solution to people who don't act like us, or have our best interests at heart is to attack them, either physically, socially, or mentally. What Pratchett is saying here is that there is another answer, simply talk to them.  
           My other favorite part was at the end when Tiffany learns that just like her Granny, she has a hat full of sky. She is a true witch because of what is inside her, not what's on the outside. And, at the end of the day that's what matters.


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