Synopses & Reviews
At 9, Tiffany Aching defeated the cruel Queen of Fairyland.
At 11, she battled an ancient body-stealing evil.
At 13, Tiffany faces a new challenge: a boy. And boys can be a bit of a problem when you're thirteen...
But the Wintersmith isn't exactly a boy. He is Winter itself snow, gales, icicles all of it. When he has a crush on Tiffany, he may make her roses out of ice, but his nature is blizzards and avalanches. And he wants Tiffany to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever.
Tiffany will need all her cunning to make it to Spring. She'll also need her friends, from junior witches to the legendary Granny Weatherwax. They
Crivens! Tiffany will need the Wee Free Men, too! She'll have the help of the bravest, toughest, smelliest pictsies ever to be banished from Fairyland whether she wants it or not.
It's going to be a cold, cold season, because if Tiffany doesn't survive until Spring
Spring won't come.
"[Y]et another rollicking, clever, and quite charming adventure is brought to readers, who will find themselves delighted again or for the first time by Pratchett's exuberant storytelling." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Pratchett once again delivers a sidesplittingly funny adventure that overlays a deeply thoughtful inquiry into the nature of narrative and identity....This one is verra weel done indeed." Kirkus Reviews
"[O]verall it is great fun vintage Pratchett, in fact. Tiffany Aching fans will love the book, and newcomers to Pratchett will love it as well. In short, this book is not to be missed." VOYA
"Funny, wise, and suspenseful, this is yet another wonderful fantasy from the popular author of The Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky...as well as many other delightful novels." KLIATT
"Fforde's forady into children's books will delight readers who like their fantasy with a dash of silliness."--Publishers Weekly,
starred review "Fantasy readers with a taste for the silly should appreciate the subverted tropes."--Kirkus
"Thoroughly entertaining . . . readers will easily sit back and enjoy the fun."--Booklist
"Fforde's fantasy is smart, funny, and abundantly imaginative in its critique of commercial culture."--Horn Book
"With 'The Last Dragonslayer' fans of Jasper Fforde's best-selling 'Thursday Next' and 'Nursery Crime' series will be delighted that Fforde's talent for world-building, his skewed sense of humor and his searing satire come through full force."
—New York Times Book Review
“Features the same delightful mix of magic and everyday absurdity that characterizes [Ffordes] other books. . . . Readers both young and adult will get hours of pleasure visiting these Ununited Kingdoms.”
—NPR Books, online review
"Fforde's foray into children's books will delight readers who like their fantasy with a dash of silliness.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Humor abounds, but so does heart, as readers are introduced to a heroine who is practical, smart, and true."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Fforde's fantasy is smart, funny, and abundantly imaginative in its critique of commercial culture. . . . Reminiscent of Pratchett in tone, this is nevertheless Ffordes own creature entirely—and entirely satisfying.”
“Fantasy readers with a taste for the silly should appreciate the subverted tropes.”
"Thoroughly entertaining . . . readers will easily sit back and enjoy the fun.”
When the Spirit of Winter takes a fancy to Tiffany Aching, he wants her to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever. It will take the young witch's skill and cunning, as well as help from the legendary Granny Weatherwax and the irrepressible Wee Free Men, to survive until Spring. Because if Tiffany doesn't make it to Spring—
—Spring won't come.
In his witty first novel for young readers, New York Times best-selling author Jasper Fforde introduces fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, who runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away. But when visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer—and Big Magic.
In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but its hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the worlds last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.
About the Author
Sir Terry Pratchett is one of the worlds most popular authors. his novels about the fantastical flat planet Discworld have sold more than 65 million copies, and in 2009 he was knighted for services to literature.
Sir Terrys highly praised novels for children have won such honors as the Boston GlobeHorn Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book prize for Young Adult Literature, a Printz Honor, and Britains prestigious Carnegie Medal.
He lives in England with his wife and many cats.