The third Tiffany Aching novel

and thirty-fifth volume in the Discworld Series

Illustrated by Paul Kidby

Winner of the Locus Award for the Best Young Adult Novel, 2007
A 2007 Amelia Bloomer Book List selection in the Young Adult Fiction category

UK hbk & large format trade pbk: Doubleday: 28/September 2006 (hbk 0-385-60984-1; pbk 0-385-61149-8)
Proofs: 120 copies.
Signed & numbered Collectors’ Edition (1,000 copies): 0-385-61163-3)
Hbk edition with new Paul Kidby jacket, his aerial
 view of The Chalk on the end-papers, and a bee and the word ‘WAILY!’ blocked  on the spine of the binding: Doubleday, 25 May 2017 (978-0-857-53547-4)  All five Tiffany volumes in this edition have a single word on the spine: for this book the publishers thought Waily! – a general cry of despair – felt very appropriate to the general apocalyptic nature of the book.
New hbk, with design by Joe McLaren on the casing, no dustjacket: Doubleday, 10 June 2021 (978-0-857-53607-5)

Pbk and B-format: 27 September 2007 (978-0-552-55370-4; B format: 978-0-552-55369-8)
B format black & Gold cover: Corgi, 27 September 2007 (978-0-552-15702-5) Initially sold exclusively through Waterstones, their copies having a white circular ‘Exclusive Waterstone’s Edition’ label on them.
Reissued: Corgi, 4 June 2009 (978-0-552-15838-1)
A-format reissue, with new Kidby cover: Corgi, 1 July 2010 (978-0-552-56289-8) replaced by
B-format reissue with revised Kidby cover: Corgi, 7 June 2012  (978-0-552-56289-8)
New pbk with cover and illustrations by Laura Ellen Andresen: Corgi, 25 May 2017 (978-0-552-57632-1)

Large print: Isis, 2011 (hbk: (hbk 978-0-7531-8768-5: pbk -8769-2)

USA hbk: HarperTempest, c.27,500 copies on 26 September 2006 (Trade 0-06-089031-2; library edition: 0-06-089032-0)
Advance reading copy: quantity unknown
A promotional (first) chapter excerpt booklet was also issued, with the 5 June 2006 issue of Publishers Weekly.

Bookclub: 1221602

Pbk: HarperTeen, 2 October 2007 (978-0-06-089033-9)

Brazil: Bertrand, 2017? [published? not seen]

Bulgarian: Зимоковецът, trs. Katia Ancheva, Vuzev, 2013 (978-954-422-101-0)

Chinese [mainland] : Shanghai Dook,  ?August 2017 (978-7-5496-2296-2)

Croatian: Zimnik,  Lumen [contracted but not yet published]

Czech: Zimodĕj, trs. Jan Kantůrek, Talpress, 2007 (80-7197-318-8)
Reissue: Talpress, 2013 (978-80-7197-467-3)

Danish: Vintersmeden, trs. Svend Ranild, Borgen, 2009 (978-87-21-03128-2)

Dutch: Wintersmid, trs. Venugopalan Ittekot, Mynx, 2008 (978-90-225-5055-7)

Estonian: Talvesepp, trs. Allan Eichenbaum, Varrak, July 2011 (978-9985-3-2274-1)

Finnish: Talventakoja, trs. Mika Kivimäki, Karisto, October 2007 (978-951-23-4922-7)

French: L’hiverrier, trs.Patrick Couton, L’Atalante, June 2009 (978-2-84172-468-0)
Pbk: Pocket, 12 February 2015 (978-2-266-24979-9) [not yet seen]

German: Der Winterschmied, trs. Andrea Brandhorst, Manhattan, 2007 (978-3-442-54619-0)
Massmarket pbk: Goldmann, November 2008 (978-3-442-46839-3)

Hebrew: טד׳בדאיט, trs. Yonatan Bar, Kidmat Eden, 15 April 2009 (0-03170000010-6, 317-10)

Hungarian: Télkovács, trs. Veronika Farkas, Delta Vision, 2017 (978-963-395-253-5)

Italian: La corona di ghiaccio, trs. Fabio Paracchini, Mondadori, March 2008 (978-88-04-57722-5)

Latvian: Ziemdaris, trs. Māra Poļakova, Zvaigzne, 2019  (978-9934-0-7902-3) TP’s name is spelled Terijs Pračets

Polish: Zimistrz, trs. Piotr W. Cholewa, Prószyński i S-ka, 2006 (978-83-7469-629-6)

Romanian: Corint Junior, 2007 ? [not seen]

Russian: Господин зима, trs. N. Allunan, Eksmo, 1 August 2016: 1) with scenic cover design by Aleksey Zhizhitsa (978-5-699-89686-8); and 2) with image by Alicia Braumberger against a black background,  (978-5-699-89699-8)

Spanish: La corona de hielo, trs. Manu Viciano, Plaza y Janes, ?2013 [not seen]
Massmarket pbk: Debols!llo, November 2014 (978-84-9062-275-9)

Turkish: Kiş Ustasi, trs. Niran Elçi, Tudem, 3,000 copies in March 2009 (978-9944-69-292-2)
New edition: Delidolu/Tudem, January 2017 (978-605-5060-62-6)

Ukrainian: Old Lion

Background illustration © and by courtesy of Paul Kidby 


Pratchett’s unique blend of comedy and articulate inside is at its vibrant best in this new novel about Tiffany Aching, the older-than-her-thirteen-years witch whose tenacity, fierce intelligence, and common sense lift her to almost mythic stature. It seems typical, hilariously invigorating Pratchett that when Tiffany becomes romantically involved, her suitor is the god of winter. But Tiffany, having thoughtlessly (and disastrously) joined the annual ritual dance that ushers in winter and sends summer underground, has altered the seasons in a way only she can fix. Between arranging the day-before-death funeral of her current mentor and ensuring that uppity Annagramma succeeds at her new witch’s practice, Tiffany must deal with both the thrill and the anxiety of romance and set the seasons straight. Wintersmith is as full of rich humor, wisdom, and eventfulness as its outstanding predecessors, and once again Pratchett  does what no other does so well: allows readers to think about how we use stories to plot the possibilities in our own lives.
Deirdre F. Baker in Horn Book Magazine *STAR*

Gr. 7–10. Here’s the third Discworld story for younger readers in a series that began with The Wee Free Men (2003) and A Hat Full of Sky (2004). Despite a stern warning from Miss Treason, the eccentric witch from whom 13-year-old Tiffany Aching is learning her craft, the girl has gone and danced with the wrong men. Having inserted herself into a dark reverse Morris dance in which summer and winter achieve their seasonal balance, Tiffany has attracted the amorous attentions of the Wintersmith. To express his ardor, he brings his chilly powers to bear, replete with Tiffany-shaped snowflakes burying the world in the rising drifts of his infatuation. While Granny Weatherwax, Miss Perspicacia Tick and sundry veteran witches work with Tiffany to restrain the Wintersmith’s zeal, the Wee Free Men set off to fetch a Hero to assist Tiffany, along the way adopting a cantankerous blue cheese. Add an assortment of junior witches-in-training and yet another rollicking, clever, and quite charming adventure is brought to teen readers who will find themselves as delighted again––or for the first time––by Pratchett’s exuberant storytelling.     Holly Koelling in Booklist

When young witch-in-training Tiffany Aching joins in the dance of the seasons, despite being told not to, she catches the eye of the Wintersmith, the spirit of winter, with potentially catastrophic consequences. It’s flattering at first to have snowflakes created in your image, but it’s quite another issue when winter never ends and the besotted Wintersmith is determined to make himself human and claim Tiffany as his bride. It takes the intervention of the Wee Free Men, tiny blue-skinned gnomes who live to fight, to help make the world right again. In the process, Tiffany learns more about the real responsibilities of being a witch, and the power of becoming a myth.
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, two other Tiffany Aching adventures set in Pratchett’s Discworld universe, as well as many other delightful novels. For all libraries.  Paula Rohrlick, in Kliatt

Pratchett once again delivers a side-splittingly funny adventure that overlays a deeply thoughtful inquiry into the nature of narrative and identity: how the stories we tell shape our understanding of ourselves and of the world we inhabit. This is what readers will understand with their Third Thoughts; their First Thoughts will delight in the return of Tiffany, the Feegles and the not-quite-hero Roland, and their Second Thoughts will revel in the homely details of the relationships among the witches and the people they serve. As Wee Billy Bigchin says, ‘A metaphor is a kind o’ lie to help people understand what’s true.’ This one is verra weel done indeed.   *starred review* in Kirkus Reviews

…witchcraft is tied up with taking responsibility, paying the price. Magic doesn’t make anything magically better. Which, if you’re looking for a linking theme across all of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, is arguably as succinct as you’ll get.
This doesn’t just apply to Pratchett’s grown-up novels set in venal Ankh-Morpork: it’s also true of the Discworld books for younger readers….
A wise, witty and warm novel that’s both serious and, as ever with Pratchett, very, very, funny. And a book with a grand heroine. Really, you’ve got to love Tiffany: who else would dare to give Granny Weatherwax a fluffy kitten? Greebo’s life will never be the same again.   Jonathan Wright, in SFX

A fantastical, mythical, magical whirl through whimsical Discworld
isn’t a ‘Discworld novel’, but ‘a story of Discworld’: a Terry Pratchett story that diverges from the mainstream of his fantasy fiction, but brings with it some Discworld characters. It is also the third in a series of novels featuring a trainee witch, Tiffany Aching, first seen in The Wee Free Men.
Ostensibly, they’re aimed at the teenage market, but I prefer them – their sense of space, the reduction in the number of characters. They resemble Ted Hughes’s The Iron Man but are far less tendentious, and sparkle with ideas. Pratchett’s cerebral cortex is hyperactive enough to power the national grid.
There are two great strands of imagination in the novel, his 35th. The first deals with superstition, and what Pratchett calls Boffo. He has witches who wear pointy hats and fly on broomsticks. But his witches know that, although their powers are real, they won’t be credited unless they play along. Their powers depend on bluff. If they don’t behave like traditional witches, and if they don’t let rumours do the rounds about their disturbing secrets, they won’t be accepted as witches at all.
Miss Treason, to whom Tiffany is the sorceress’s apprentice, has plastic webs to keep punters agog. After all, as she says, “I didn’t get where I am today by wearing a woolly bobble hat and a gingham apron. I look the part.” Even witches indulge in spin.
The second imaginative leap in Wintersmith has the elemental creator of storms and blizzards behaving in a comically adolescent way. The Wintersmith may be able to freeze rivers, but when he falls for headstrong Tiffany at a forbidden dance, he acts like a schoolboy with a desperate crush. He makes all snowflakes look like Tiffany; he makes icebergs in her image. What ensues is wonderful folklore, which parodies itself even as it develops. Pratchett is a great myth-raider, but he always grounds his myths in whimsy.
Light entertainment is provided by an animated cheese called Horace, and the Nac Mac Feegles, six-inch Scotsmen with a good line in vaudeville patter, prepared to give even Charon grief – they haggle over return tickets on the Styx. Pratchett is great, not because he doesn’t know where to stop, but because he knows where not to stop. He packs teenage sexuality, elemental mystery, and outright panto into the same space. Wintersmith is in every sense fantastic.
Bill Greenwell in The Independent

31 Days of Authors: Terry Pratchett with an assist from Stephen Briggs
Teen Read Week is officially October 16th through 22nd, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating all month long with 31 Days of Authors. On each day in October, we’ll bring you author interviews and profiles and reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us.
I can say two things to kick this post off, and both of them are absolutely true:
1. Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors
2. I have never read one of his books.
Woa, what? How can both of those statements be true? Thanks to the vocal artistry of Stephen Briggs, the amazing voice that brings Terry Pratchett’s books to life, I have enjoyed all of my favorite Terry Pratchett stories by listening to them as audiobooks. It’s no secret that Terry Pratchett is awesome; in fact, YALSA awarded him the 2011 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime contribution to teen literature. His books are wildly creative, action-packed, and witty beyond compare. I am particularly fond of the Tiffany Aching series, which tells the tale of a young witch discovering her powers and follows her through teendom, as she gains more confidence, wisdom, and stolen gifts from the Wee Free Men.
As amazing as Mr. Pratchett’s ability to write such a very real teen girl character is Stephen Briggs’s ability to bring all of his characters to life. I’ll confess that I’m a bit of an audiobook snob– if a reader’s voice, or even just the voice that they use for one character, is grating on my nerves at the beginning of a book, chances are I’ll want to use the CD as a Frisbee by the time I get to the end of a story. I can only imagine how hard it is to portray a different gender or age using voice alone, which makes Mr. Briggs’s reading all the more impressive to me.
Terry Pratchett’s books feel like they are meant to be heard out loud. So many funny turns of phrases and puns have caused me to laugh out loud while driving alone in my car, and it is thanks to the excellent comedic timing and phrasing of Mr. Briggs’s reading. On the other hand, the same way Mr. Pratchett’s writing can convey some of the most moving emotions I’ve ever encountered in a story without veering into sentimentality or heavy-handedness, Mr. Briggs’s reading is always infused with sincerity. And a host of British accents! (Did I mention what a sucker I am for a good accent?) As I listened to the story of Tiffany’s adventures, my belief in her was complete. But I also believed in the feisty Wee Free Men with their delightful Pictsie brogues, and the voices of the wise old witches that Tiffany learns from, and creatures so fantastic that their voices are the product of expert imagination. It’s no wonder that these audio books regularly land on YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks list!
One of my favorite aspects of these stories, in the audiobook format, is that they appeal to such a broad range of  listeners. I’ve shared them with kids at the library too young to recognize all the vocabulary on their own, and I’ve also gotten my father addicted to them. You can claim that a book may not be your cup of tea, but it is almost impossible to resist getting sucked into the story if you’re hearing it read out loud with the excitement and irreverence a narrator like Mr. Briggs’s brings to them. Do you remember being read to as a little kid? How maybe you would beg your parent or teacher for one more chapter because it was THAT GOOD? I’ll let you in on my third secret of the day: it’s still that good.
A lot of people make the cliche claim that “teens don’t listen” –step up and prove them wrong! Because experiencing the marvelous writing of Terry Pratchett, as read by the talented Stephen Briggs, is something that may change the way you experience stories for years to come.   Mia Cabana in YALSA The Hub

Background illustration © and by courtesy of Paul Kidby