It’s Hogswatch (equivalent to Christmas) on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan. Hogfather. Every secular Christmas tradition is included. But as this is the 21st Discworld novel, there are some unusual twists. Who would want to harm Discworld’s most beloved icon? Very few things are held sacred in this twisted, corrupt, heartless—and oddly familiar—universe, but.
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It’s the night before Hogswatch. And it’s too quiet. There’s snow, there’re robins, there’re trees covered with decorations, but there’s a notable lack of the big fat man who delivers the toys Susan the governess has got to find him before morning, otherwise the sun won’t rise.
And unfortunately, her only helpers are a raven with an eyeball fixation, the Higfather of Rats and an oh god of hangovers. Worse still, someone is coming down the chimney. This time he’s carrying a sack instead of a scythe, but there’s something regrettably familiar The story begins in the evening before Hogswatch, the Discworld counterpart of Christmas. Susan Sto Helit has found work as a governess in the Gaiter household, where her ability to see bogeymen and defeat them with a fire poker comes in extremely useful.
Lord Downey sends for Jonathan Teatimea young, dangerously talented assassin. Teatime employs five criminals, a wizard and a locksmith in his mission. Death appears to Susan to tell her that the Hogfather is ‘unavailable’, and he will have to deliver the presents in his place.
In Death’s library, she discovers the god’s hourglass has pratchettt and travels with Binkythe Death of Rats and a raven to the Castle of Bones the Hogfather’s residence which collapses because children have stopped believing in the Hogfather. Here, she discovers the newly created Biliousthe “Oh God” of Hangovers, and brings him back to the Unseen University to be cured of his illness.
At the University, it is revealed by Hex that the wizards are accidentally creating Small Gods to compensate for the lack of hpgfather in the Hogfather. Susan follows a trail through Ankh-Morpork and discovers that Violet Bottler, a human Tooth Fairywent missing while taking a tooth to a criminal Banjo Lilywhite one of Teatime’s assistants.
In Death’s library, her biography shows she is being held captive in the land of the Tooth Fairy. Susan, the Oh God and Binky travel to hogfatner land, a world created by children’s imagination.
In the tower, they rescue Bottler and discover that their enemies have been using the children’s teeth to control the children into not believing in the Hogfather. Meanwhile, Teatime’s group have been trying to unlock a door at the top of the tower. As Susan climb to the top of the tower, Teatime’s accomplices are devoured by their childhood fears, apart from Banjo, ppratchett turns on the Assassin and refuses to attack Susan.
Teatime grabs Death’s sword off her but it fails to work, since children do not understand death. Susan succeeds in pushing Teatime off the tower where he falls into the pile of teeth. Through the door, she finds the original bogeyman, who became a children’s myth as adults stopped believing in him.
The bogeyman collected teeth to stop people from controlling the children. Susan leaves Banjo to clean up, and Bilious announces that he will be getting a new job. Death takes her to the site of the Castle of Bones where the Hogfather, in the form of a pig, is being chased by Hogtather in the form of dogs. Susan joins with the pig and guides him to safety over a cliff, while Death confronts the Auditors and condemns them for breaking the Rules.
The Auditors are unable to lose their solid form and disappear off the edge of the cliff. The Hogfather transforms back into human form and flies off into the night.
Death explains to her that childhood fantasies are important and help us to be human, since later we must understand “bigger lratchett such as justice, mercy and duty. As they return to the Gaiter’s house, Teatime follows them in and contemplates trying to kill Death.
Susan throws the nursery poker and thanks to the power of the children’s belief, it passes straight through Death and impales the Assassin.
Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather – Wikipedia
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