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Elfhome Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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I loved "Tinker"- one of those rare books that just hits every single note right. I wasn't as fond of "Wolf Who Rules" but it continued "Tinker". "Elfhome" seems like a departure from "Tinker" but it is an expansion and continuation of the universe. And it fits that continuation squarely in the same "realm" as Emma Bull's stories.
Tinker is still a main character but not "the" main character. Wolf Who Rules is largely absent. And, Pony drops back into a secondary character. The story is not so much about the Elves and their society as it is about the races who have to navigate the elves' world- humans, and Tengu, and half-Oni, and all the others (non-Wind clan Elves, mainly) who are dispossessed by the brewing war with the Oni.
FYI- I don't like spoilers so I'm deliberately leaving out a lot.
This is Oilcan's story. And Tommy Chang's. And they are awesome. Interwoven among those two main story lines are secondary (not really but they aren't main characters and there are glimpses of their stories to come) characters whose lives have been screwed around with by the Elves, the Oni, and the war.
Tinker's part of the story is a seamless continuation of her character. Her adaptation to Elvish society continues but takes a backseat to her mad-scientist vs. the Oni story line. There is a great deal less explaining of protocol and history, in this book, than in "Wolf Who Rules".Read more ›
"Elfhome" is the third of the series and the most complex in terms of narration, character development and social context. We travel with Tinker as she discovers more about her powers and as she begins to accept her role as the co-leader of the Elves, but the real stories are Oilcan's (Tinker's cousin) and Tommy's, the leader of the Humans and half-Oni who remain after the Elves purge the Oni from Pittsburgh. In Oilcan's case, the progression he goes through as he almost accidentally accepts responsibility for Elfin teenagers who are kidnapped by the Oni stands well on its own but serves as a wonderful counterpoint to his cousin Tinker's break-neck journey down the same path.Read more ›
The only complaint that I have about it is the cover. I don't know whose idea it was to make tinker look like an aging porn star, but it is totally unlike anything I would envision tinker to be to the point of being annoying. Other than that this book stands with any fantasy I've read by anybody. Wen Spencer is among the best and is just hitting her stride here. What a joy to to read. Tinker is one brave hero and with her swiftly darting mind, just plain fun. In fact every character, good or evil, is crafted with a lovely clarity that is downright breathtaking.
When you start this book don't intend to be doing anything else for awhile. You won't be.
Tinker's cousin comes to prominence in this book, complementing Tinker's impetuousness with thoughtfulness, self-doubt--and the same idealistic courage that makes us love Tinker. Logical and artistic, solitary and loving, Oilcan comes into his own in this story in more ways than one. While Tinker grows and improvises her usual brilliant mayhem, it is Oilcan who carries the story. Other characters round out the picture with their very human emotions despite cat ears or birdlike feet. Honor, passion, revenge, grief and guilt play a symphony across the Steel City, and Spencer conducts them with grace and style
The story does not end with this book, any more than Pittsburgh does, but the conclusion is satisfying. I hope there will be more to come.
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The intriguing story of Tinker and Wolf Who Rules Wind continue in the same fast pace established in the previous two novels. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charles Daniel Christopher
Third in a series and the story is fabulous!!!! Wen Spencer is a steller writer and you will not want to miss this!!!!!Published 5 months ago by Little old lady
This is a good series and I hope to go and see more of these books in the future from this author.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I hate the "Which of these words describes the mood?" question, since the answer is half all of the above and half none of the above. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoy Wen Spencer's books and was pleased to find one I missed.Published 8 months ago by Marie
The third part of this incredible complicated story walking between three worlds is much better I expected. It's still interesting to know what will happen next. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nadiia