In this fantastic sequel to Tinker, Tinker is still adjusting to being an elf while trying to figure out a way to clean up the mess she made of Pittsburgh and Elfhome when she destroyed the transdimensional gate -- at least she thinks she destroyed it.

Tinker continues to be a wonderful, if somewhat clueless, protagonist, and in this book, her obliviousness has some very real and very tragic consequences. Haunted by dreams inspired by The Wizard of Oz, Tinker puzzles out what she needs to do in order to save Pittsburgh and and restore the link between it and Earth.

While the book is slow to start, it quickly picks up and turns into a fast, compelling read. Spencer takes the time to elaborate on elfin politics and customs, which is fascinating. The relationship between Tinker and Windwolf is nicely done, and the supporting characters are wonderful, particularly Pony and Impatience. (Apr., 368 pp., $25.00)
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Natalie A. Luhrs