“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 (http://jamiesedgwick.wordpress.com/). Together, Mr. Gates has published nearly 20 novels. The eBook is available from Amazon.
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. I give this book a 4 out of 5.