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The Tinkerer's Daughter (The Tinkerer's Daughter #1)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  340 ratings  ·  51 reviews
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- bu
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Published (first published January 25th 2011)
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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 actu
3.5 stars

The 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.
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 take off and cruise for several hours but
A completely different and enjoyable story to read. Fabulous combination of YA, Elves, social issues and steampunk, I know go figure but it worked.
John Purvis
"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, wh
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 b ...more
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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 centuri ...more
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 t ...more
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 ...more
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 bi
Cian Goggin
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 o
Nicholas Bowman
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 ...more
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.
Alisha Polley
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!!!!
Bill Spears
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 t ...more
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 ma ...more
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.
Frank Van Meer
So much potential if we look at the world and the characters, but sadly it is seeriously lacking in execution.

Everything in this book happens at such a high velocity, it isn't funny at times.

At the beginning of the story the heroine is 4 years old. Yet in the span of mere weeks she grows up to an unspecified age, both physically as mentally. It is explained why, but seriously, what? It doesn't help that the narrator uses words and phrases and trains of thought no 4 year old is capable of. It too
Erin Germain
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.
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!
This is a very good book. I couldn't put it down and Breeze was a great character. I was rooting for her from the beginning. I received the book for free through Goodreads First reads.
Silver Coles
Very Good
I am easy to please, this had plenty of hate-able/loveable characters, and some danger/action too..
Kept me page turning.
Not amazing, but not bad either. The whole "Father Christmas" thing at the end was overkill though.
I loved this book. The story was warm, the writing excellent.
Liked this one enough to get the next one.
Anne (Angel Anne Reviews) Nelson
Loved loved it Jamie! Review to follow
Donna Barth
When I got this book, I'll admit I was cautious because of the vagueness of the back cover, but the combination of fantasy and machinery always interests me, so I went forth regardless of my reservations. As it turns out, I should listen more closely to that little voice in my head, because the plot in this book turned out to be about as flat and transparent as Reynalds wrap, and apparently using the same confusing stickiness to run over the same moral plotpoints again and again while employing ...more
Charlotte Ivory
I found this book hard to get into. The first one-third was quite slow, but fairly well-written.

When the story picked up speed, however, I found it really wasn't my cup of tea. Everything happened too easily for Breeze. Everytime she was in a scrape, someone or something came and saved her. Things just seemed too easy - not only was she a wood-bender and a natural pilot, she was a crack shot with bombs and a supernatural healer. And did I mention she could see in the dark and command the forest
Emma Mcdonald
This was an interesting story to read, but I didn't find myself totally drawn in as I usually do when I read. The story did hook me in the beginning, but thefirst person style threw me off a bit. I found it difficult to identify with Breeze because her emotions seemed surface level only. I couldn't see any real depth to he feelings other than those of being an outcast and half-breed. I did like the underlying message of the book that it doesn't matter where you come from, you can accomplish amaz ...more
Todd Neal
Overall a good premise. The story felt very rushed. I would have liked the pace to have been slowed and more world development added. Also the heroine ages way too fast in terms of intelligence and maturity. Everything comes way to easy for the "good guys". This should have been lengthened into a couple books allowing for the mistakes and heartaches of youth to develop. Kind of felt like a quick Dungeons and Dragons module. Hope book two is better.
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I'm married with three children. I live in Northern California surrounded by grapevines and redwood groves. I write mystery, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy. I enjoy camping, building canoes, making wine, restoring classic cars, blacksmithing, and black powder firearms.
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