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Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
The third book in Spencer’s wonderful Tinker series manages to be both energetic and episodic without being hectic. Spencer crams in all the backstory readers might need relatively gracefully, however, this is definitely a series that should be read in order. Tinker’s a fantastic character and in this volume, the secondary characters really begin to shine as well.
The dimensional gate that connected Pittsburgh to the rest of Earth has been destroyed, leaving the city stranded deep in the virgin forests of Elfhome. Meanwhile, the elves are fighting a war against the oni that can only end in total annihilation for the losing side. Despite having grown up as a human girl, Tinker is now an elfin princess and has charge of the varied population of the region. When elfin children start to disappear, she must take quick action, because they have been kidnapped by the enemy oni who, when out of uses for their captives, eat them. As Tinker works to get to the bottom of the disappearances, she discovers secrets and betrayal and will need to rely on her wits in order to survive and to save those she loves. (BAEN, Jul., 400 pp., $24.00)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: July 2012