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Breeze is an outcast, a half-breed orphan born into a world torn apart by a thousand years of war. Breeze never knew her elven mother, and when her human father is recalled to the war, he leaves her in the safest place he knows: in the care of a reclusive tinker.The Tinkerman's inventions are frightening at first -noisy, smelly, dangerous machines with no practical use- buBreeze is an outcast, a half-breed orphan born into a world torn apart by a thousand years of war. Breeze never knew her elven mother, and when her human father is recalled to the war, he leaves her in the safest place he knows: in the care of a reclusive tinker.The Tinkerman's inventions are frightening at first -noisy, smelly, dangerous machines with no practical use- but when the war comes home, Breeze sees an opportunity. If she can pull it off, she'll change the world forever. If she fails, she'll be considered a traitor by both lands and will be hunted to her death....

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the tinkerer s daughter Reviews

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-12 07:37

    I got 2/3 of the way through, but I just couldn't finish, and that's saying a lot for me. I'm not one to put a book aside lightly. Breeze, our protagonist, is a perfect little Mary-Sue: she can do anything and everything, she's a genius, and she never has any trouble solving problems. Wherever she goes, someone is willing to help her out, and nothing stops her for long. It doesn't make for an interesting character. The completely superficial descriptions of her emotions don't help - I don't actually believe this character feels anything.Besides that, the book comes off as a rough draft - the bones of what could have been a good story, with some actually believable conflict thrown in, some roadblocks that took more than 5 pages to get past. And without some of the completely unbelievable (even in a fantasy setting) elements. (view spoiler)[ The first plane was not built in a week or two (it especially could not have been if the Wright brothers had smelt their own steel...). No one is going to figure out some very far-fetched, centuries-long conspiracy by a neighboring country because of one raid on a village. Barons did not ever send their sons to the same one-room school-house as farmers' daughters. (hide spoiler)]

  • Ken
    2019-04-30 12:22

    3.5 starsThe writing was generally solid, which kept me going despite typos and a few rough spots that could have been improved with some more editing. As other readers have mentioned, the plot requires more than the normal amount of effort to suspend disbelief, even for a fantasy novel. A light and enjoyable read, nonetheless.

  • Ron
    2019-05-12 14:33

    (Dec 27, 2016, corrected typo)This book has such a good heart that I couldn't help liking it despite the technical howlers which mar the text.Remember Coleridge's "willing suspension of disbelief"? A lot of willingness is needed here. Even given that this is fantasy, the speed and ease with which Breeze and Tinker develop whole new technologies is incredible. And some of the results defy our physics. Maybe their physics is different. For example, they develop spring-powered aircraft that can take off and cruise for several hours but then regenerate all that power in the course of landing. Think about it.Still, Breeze is a winning heroine, we're all pulling for her.A good read.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-05-08 06:41

    I'm calling this one a YA fantasy although I am sure some adults will enjoy it too. Plot holes and lack of depth remove the tale from being a developed adult read. I loved the first third with a young half-elven girl being left with an old tinker by her father, who has to go to war. Very descriptive, ingenious, different. After this the girl has it too easy. People who have been at war with elves for centuries dislike her on sight, calling her an abomination, then decide she's nice after all. The elves, when we later meet them, do exactly the same. If it was that easy we'd see an end to civil rights struggles. Maybe the author is trying to set a good example, which is fine. I like that our heroine is not, at this point, forbidden to do anything because she's a girl. An early plane gets off the ground first time - no repeated engineering of wings, trying biplanes or jumping off cliffs. And think of the weight of the coal and cast iron furnace. Hmmm. Chalk that one up to magic. The war comes of course, and seems to be based on the games Spellforce and Dungeon Siege. Great games. A general would not speak to anyone, least of all a complete stranger, against a royal family member. This would mark him as treasonous or a conspirator with another royal or both. He would be hanged as an example. The land is at war. After this I was unable to take anything seriously. Read and enjoy, a different perspective is always good.

  • Sweetp-1
    2019-04-27 06:11

    I got to 30-odd % before giving up on this. Some interesting concepts but the writing style was too simplistic, particularly with the overuse of 'foreshadowing' phrases like 'but that was before it all went horribly wrong' etc at the end of nearly every chapter. I would probably have kept going if there was more conflict/tension but every possible point of interest was resolved too easily (the teacher who hates her on first meeting then turns out to be lovely, she's 4yo when dropped off at the tinkerer's house but suddenly grows into a woman (both emotionally and physically) in a matter of months, all the inventions work first time with no dramas - or if there is an issue she suddenly finds she can fix it). Yawn. Not enough going for it to make me perservere I'm afraid.

  • Liz
    2019-05-19 06:12

    I can't remember when I picked this book up on Kindle, but it's certainly been within the past 6 months. It's sat in my queue waiting until I had enough focus to read. The past few weeks have been glorious in that I've been able to read through my queue...but I'd really only be able to read if it were sufficiently light.The Tinkerer's Daughter fits the mood of intriguing and light. It's hard to write too much without providing spoilers, though early character development does introduce a fair bit of back story.There were points at which I felt a bit confused as to what was going on, and feel that this could have been a much longer book.That being said, it was something that I enjoyed and fit my mood for what it was.

  • Cian Goggin
    2019-05-23 10:21

    This was a brilliant little fantasy story, that caught me straight from the begin and had me at a none stop reading pace till it was finished(would have finished earlier but work got in the way). I have to say that I really enjoy this book, from the plot to the characters, there wasn't anything I didn't like!! Ok, to the story..... it follows the life and adventure that a young girl, Breeze, who after her father gets recalled to the war, she is left with a tinker and her life truly begins. she overcomes her shyness and in turn the actions she takes changes the world forever.This was a well written, enjoyable story that I would definitely recommend to read.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-05 07:17

    This is an amusing story, and a fun premise. I probably would rate it 3.5 stars if that was possible on Goodreads, though, because the writing style got to me at times. I do prefer past tense narration (which this has), but I get annoyed when that turns into the "if only I'd known then what I know now" kind of thing. It's very easy to use that as a chapter hook, but it bugs me after a while.Still, the story was fun, and the main characters were enjoyable to get to know.

  • Beth
    2019-04-25 10:19

    A completely different and enjoyable story to read. Fabulous combination of YA, Elves, social issues and steampunk, I know go figure but it worked.

  • Michele DeLuca
    2019-05-17 06:13

    I really liked this book. It had the feel for me of "The Little Prince" only with a fleshed out plot and a girl in the pilot's seat. This is a great young adult book, especially since the girl is half-elf and half- human in a world where elves and humans are at war, and it captured my attention and my heart. Can the girl save the world? Whether or not she does, it's an entertaining read and I recommend it.

  • Jex
    2019-05-07 06:41

    Breeze lived a very sheltered life with her father until the day her father was called back to war and her whole world changed. Her father left her in the care of the town Tinkerman who took her in while her father was away despite Breeze’s significant difference from himself. See, Breeze was a half-breed, part human part Tal’mar (wood folk) and her ears were a dead giveaway to this fact. The humans and Tal’mar have been at war for ages and therefore half-breeds are looked upon as abominations by both sides of the war. When Breeze learns of what she is and what it signifies she vows to change it. She vows to find a way to end the war and make herself an accepted part of society. The first half of this story went very slow for me. I never thought it was bad; it was just very slow paced, which isn’t necessarily my style. As soon as war started erupting and the action truly began, I was hooked. From the moment the school well was poisoned I began to really get into the book and couldn’t put it down. It’s at this point in the book that the reader begins to truly see what Breeze is capable of not only with her magical abilities, but with her abilities to think through a problem and negotiate even at such at a young age. I really enjoyed the way the author explained Breeze’s ability to reach out to nature and feel the structure of various forms. Not only could she feel the structure, but she could manipulate it and improve upon it whether it was a piece of wood, a machine, or even the human body. I found the abilities Breeze had to be very unique and inventive. Reading about Breeze running endlessly from tree to tree with the tree limbs and branches moving to support her as she ran made me envious of her ability to be so in tune with nature and so unrestrained. I found it interesting that while imprisoned Breeze described her inability to reach out to anything/anyone around her as horrible, coming to the conclusion that to be human alone must be incredibly lonely since you can see and touch someone but you can never truly be connected to them. Its simple ideas like that that add a depth to the storyline and make you think back on yourself and your own limitations. One qualm I had with the story was that the chapter breaks were in strange places sometimes. There were times where I felt that the chapter break interrupted a chain of thought that was occurring and actually hindered the flow of the story. This wasn’t the case with every chapter, but there were definitely a few where I question their necessity. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I would have liked to get to the action a bit faster, but it was a decent read.

  • Semisweet Bookblog
    2019-04-24 06:18

    I literally just finished this book, and wanted to get my thoughts out while they were still there (lol). Can I just say WOW. This book drew me in instantaneously. I found myself putting aside my other reading to focus on Breeze’s story, devouring every word as greedily as a child would sweets. This book was beautifully written and wholly captivating. Told in a first person narrative from Breeze’s perspective, this is the story of how one girl who can lay claim to two worlds caught in a centuries old war with one another, yet truly belongs to neither, manages to heal the rift that has separated the two lands and become nothing short of a legend. Breeze is a fantastic heroine, rising above herself and her situation because she simply refuses to live in a world that wont accept her. She is the sort of heroine whom I love best.“Unfortunately I didn’t have it in me to live out my life as an uneducated hermit. I was going to learn, no matter what it took. I was going to get smart, and I was going to change the world. I was audacious enough to believe it, too. Fortunately it takes that kind of audacity to accomplish anything significant. Naturally, I started planning.” I was rooting for Breeze from the beginning, her story holding me in it’s thrall until the final pages. We watch Breeze grow from a withdrawn girl to a fierce and confidant woman who refuses to take no for an answer and steers the course of destiny from a cockpit. I cannot express how fantastic this world of hers is, so you’d probably better pick up a copy of this book and find out for yourself.I leave you with one of my favorite passages:“The world had changed, and I had changed along with it. This was something new, a different stage of life. Tinker had hoped I would seek out my destiny. Now it seemed my destiny had found me. Strangely, I wasn’t afraid. It seemed that Tinker knew more about me than I knew about myself.”

  • John Purvis
    2019-04-25 12:29

    "The Tinkerer's Daughter" was published in 2012 and is the first book in "The Tinkerer's Daughter" series. The book is written by Jaramy Gates under the pseudonym Jamie Sedgwick ( Together, Mr. Gates has published nearly 20 novels.This book is a Young Adult Fantasy book set in a different world occupied with humans, Tal'mar (also known as wood elves), and the Kanters (a race of wild giants). The humans and Tal'mar have been at war for decades. The Kanters, while a threat, have been mostly ignored by the Humans as they are wild and uncivilized. Bran Vale and his young daughter Breeze live alone and remote from others, in a valley many miles from the nearest village. Bran has been a warrior, and he is called back to duty. Bran has no family, so he takes his four year old daughter to another recluse, the Tinkerer, and asks him to watch over her while he is gone. Breeze slowly becomes close friends with the Tinkerer, and is interested in his creations. She also rapidly matures, a side effect of being half Tal'mar. Bran has kept Breeze away from other humans as most of humanity has a hatred of them from the long war. Breeze, being a half breed, will be an outcast whether she is with humans or the Tal'mar. The Tinkerer develops some astounding "steam punkish" gadgets, including simple aircraft. Breeze is put at risk when the local villagers find out she is a half breed. To compound the situation, the Kanters suddenly attack. There is plenty of excitement and eventually a view into Breeze's past as the story evolves. I found this to be a very enjoyable novel. There was a good plot. I did feel that the first third of the book was better than the rest, almost as if there was a rush at that point to get the book completed. Some of the supporting characters were pretty simplistic. More of my book reviews can be seen on my blog

  • Rebekah
    2019-05-23 14:30

    Well, I promised my blog followers a whole review for this book at some point... Like soon. So, this won't be the full meal deal. Just a few thoughts.First of all, this book is the first and only book I've read by Jamie Sedgewick. So, therefore, I don't have the ability to recommend his other books or critic them. However, after reading this book by him, which I picked up purely on a whim (and because it looked interesting and was free on my kindle...but I digress) I have to say that I'd be interested in reading some more works by him. As a Christian, I prefer authors who share my faith, and I don't believe Jamie does...but then, there are perfectly good writers out there who aren't Christians. There wasn't anything, at least, not that I caught while reading it, very objectionable. The main character deals with rejection because of WHAT she is, not WHO she is, and I remember one boy having a slight crush on her...but nothing dramatic. And she doesn't really like him back. So.His characters (particularly the main character, Breeze) are very relatable. As she deals with bullying and rejection due to her being half elf, half human, her circumstances and feelings are very realistically described as she struggles through being different then everyone else and feeling out of place. The setting is described very well, and you can really get a feel for where his characters are at any given point. Whether in the sky or on the ground. This is the FIRST steampunk style story I've read...and it has sparked my interest for others of that genre. Though the first of a trilogy (and aren't those usually the best?) it can totally be read as a stand alone.All in all, this was a fantastic read, and I highly recommend you read it.

  • Whitebeard Books
    2019-05-07 07:22

    This tale is a totally unique approach to the Steampunk genre. Without spoiling the story, it's about timing and location. The story is well written and interesting with great imagination. I also particularly like stories that are part of a series and I can't wait to read the second installment.

  • Chris
    2019-04-28 06:14

    I rather enjoyed this book. Being probably the 2nd fantasy book I've read, and I've read a lot of book, I thought it was well written. The main character, Breeze Tinker does seem to be invulnerable to any harm however you can't be killing off the heroine now can you. Since she's living with a Tinkerer I would have liked to have seen more Steampunk related parts of the story but all in all I liked it and I'm looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes this type of book.

  • John Easom
    2019-05-03 06:22

    She dreamed of saving the world and did just that!It's not often a young adult book can be equally enjoyed by an adult so I defy anyone not to enjoy this cracking adventure. Our young heroine sets out to conquer the world by doing impossible things and seizing power not knowing that that she was indeed worthy to do so. A shatteringly good read that will bring tears to your eyes. Can't wait to read on.....

  • Janine Treannie
    2019-05-10 07:22

    I enjoyed this book & kept we wanting to read more. Of course because it was of a fantasy nature along with steampunk which I totally love I understood how for the most part the weapons were built quickly because magic what seemed the most unrealistic to me is the fact that the main character Breeze used some of her human school mates who were only 10 to maybe 12 years old to control said weapons. Also the fact that the whole fight scene seemed to be no less than maybe a page long. I guess I expected a little more out of the fight. I read the first chapter of the 2nd book & at least the characters are of a much older age which seems better for whatever fight comes their way. All in all it was a good book, I enjoyed the main theme of the book of this young character never giving up on her hope for some sort of peace & doing whatever possible to achieve such a goal.

  • mirba
    2019-05-04 10:41

    First part of the book gets 5 starssecond part of the book gets 2 stars. I loved the beginning, it was poetry, the tinkerer cottage, the trees, the slow moving from winter to summer, the slow work in the barn/laboratory. the flying around and discovering the valley and the world. Then it seems the author was kidnapped by aliens and installed a different personality cause all of a sudden everything is rushed around, dozens of planes are developed in a united effort in couples of weeks by people that was in war for centuries without speaking to each other and then the books ends in the most expectable and plausible way.

  • Nicholas
    2019-05-03 10:17

    Jamie Sedgwick's Tinkerer's Daughter is a wonderful adventure into a complex, fantasy world. The entire world is on the brink of industrialization, yet hampered by racial tensions amongst the three races that inhabit it. At the forefront of the wave of change is Breeze, a half human/half Tal'mar who was orphaned at an early age and raised by a tinker in a secluded valley. Sedgwick creates a beautifully constructed and lively world with believable characters that grow on you and have you cheering for them till the end. The Tinkerer's Daughter is an excellent entrance into the steampunk genre for anyone that enjoys traditional fantasy.

  • Dani
    2019-04-25 14:37

    Wow! This book was amazing in capturing your attention form the first page until the last. It was interesting to learn about the half-breed Breeze and how she didn't let that stop her from doing such amazing things. The writer did an amazing job in creating a world where humans and other fantasy beings dwell. Also her level of description was complete, but easy to understand and just flowed smoothly. If you want to read a book with a strong female character who sees the cards she's been dwelt and makes something absolutely wonderful out of them. Then I guarantee, you'll love this book.

  • Bill Spears
    2019-05-10 10:23

    This was a good story. It is fantasy with magic and such. A young girl is taken to a tinkerer because her father has to go off to war (her mother is dead). The tinkerer becomes a father figure as they learn the father was killed in the war. The girl learns that she is of a race with magical skills. The tinkerer builds a vehicle that flies (airplane). The girl learns to fly the plane and uses it to help humans in a war but discovers her mother's people in the process. It got a little old toward the end but I enjoyed the book.

  • Tara
    2019-05-14 07:20

    This story was very captivating. The main character Breeze is well developed going from a shy girl that is an outcast to a determined young woman with a dream she will not stop trying to fulfill, no matter the dangers that lie ahead. Sedgwick beautifully creates this other world that as a reader you totally get into. The thing I enjoyed the most was the underlying lessons of people would just get along if they try to accept each others differences and use those differences to work together to make a more peaceful world.

  • Bill Tillman
    2019-05-07 11:35

    The Tinkerer's DaughterWhere to put my words? First this is a smashing good streamline book! Second I do not believe in giving away the farm by giving an extra long summary of the tale. The first of the tale is the story of an orphan living with a tinker, but because she is a half breed she begins to grow from a thirteen year old to an eighteen year old in a matter of weeks! She becomes a national hero to two nations. Read to find out this thrilling sear of the pants or panties ride.

  • Julie Powell
    2019-05-09 11:39

    An enjoyable well-written story, which is a curious mix of magic, technology and a medieval feel.I liked Breeze, a strong and compassionate character who finds herself living with Tinker after her father is called to war.Her half-breed status gives rise to hatred and suspicion and yet soon is at the centre of a long-standing war.The twists and turns and ups and downs of Breeze's life are engaging, making this a compelling read.Recommended.

  • Alisha Polley
    2019-05-08 10:31

    This was an amazing read. Sedgwick brings you a world mixed with magic and science in a fluid motion and keeps the twist coming all through out. The storyline kept you turning page after page and wanting to know what new adventures breeze gets herself into and how she is to overcome them. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!!!!

  • Erin Germain
    2019-05-24 09:38

    I couldn't put it down. From the start, I was pulled into caring about Breeze and the Tinker. If some things seemed to sway a little easier in her favor than they should have done, well, it at least kept the story moving. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

  • Elaine
    2019-05-05 12:14

    Big fan of this author. Have been meaning to start this series and finally had opportunity. Author knows what Steampunk should be and how to create a realistic set of characters and scenes. Looking forward to reading further in series. Updated covers will lure true Steampunk fans.

  • NVTony
    2019-05-10 07:33

    Sedgwick is one of my super favorite authors. His ability to bring Steampunk to life is amazing. Characters feel like old friends. Story moves swiftly along. Looking forward to reading next book in series. Recommend to anyone interested in Steampunk or just an outstanding read.

  • Cyndi
    2019-05-04 12:29

    I won this book on First Reads, and I was very excited to read it. Luckily, I was in no way disappointed. This is a beautifully written book with an intriguing plot and a loveable main character. This is certainly one that I will reread!