Book Review : The Tinker’s Daughter
By Jamie Sedgwick
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- 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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Adult Point of View
Overall, The Tinker’s Daughter is a fun, light read. Breeze is an engaging character; a combination of innocence and intelligence. There are three races; humans, Tal’mar (elves) and Kanters. The Kanters are more bloodthirsty and violent than the other two races since they eat humans and are cannibalistic, and consequently feel a bit out of place in such an easy read. Usually, I think of easy reads being for a younger audience.
The Tinker’s Daughter is written in first person, from Breeze’s point of view. Without an omniscient voice the story cannot progress beyond what Breeze knows and experiences, and consequently is more simplistic. Also, Breeze is half a Tal’mar child and so she grows according to their pattern developing more quickly physically than emotionally. Breeze is telling the reader the story as an adult, so occasionally she will break the stream of thought and interject information that she learned at a later point than the moment we are in the narrative. I found this to be disruptive and, in this case, I didn’t like the first person point of view.
The details surrounding the Tinker are charming. He is the stereotypical inventor, a little short on common sense because his mind is filled with ideas. It is particularly fun to see him inventing airplanes with springs for the engines. The Tinker really does come to love Breeze quickly and acts as a father to her. I would have enjoyed seeing more of the Tinker through the book.
The Tinker’s Daughter is fairly free of objectionable material for most audiences. As previously stated, the Kanters are gruesome, but there are not a lot of details. As always, I like the ingenuity of the steampunk elements and I thought it was fun to combine the science with the magic of elves.
3 out of 5 stars
If you like steampunk try Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina and Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.