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Elfhome (Elfhome #3)

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Pittsburgh, PA has been magically transported to a world of elves and magic in order to stave off a monstrous invasion of Earth. Now Tinker, once a downtrodden waif from that city, but now a full-blooded elf ruler, must root out and destroy an evil plot that involves the kidnapping and breeding of elf children.

Tinker uncovers ancient secrets and a web of betrayal as she se
ebook, 1st Edition, 376 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Baen
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Connie I just read the hard cover edition, and sadly, I saw many proofreading errors as well. It is still a great series, the ending is acceptable (not…moreI just read the hard cover edition, and sadly, I saw many proofreading errors as well. It is still a great series, the ending is acceptable (not fantastic), and it's a good final book. (less)
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Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

Its been a long time since I read either Tinker or Wolf Who Rules but when I got into Elfhome I had no problem engaging in their world again.
I really enjoyed Elfhome and the focus on Oilcan, Tommy and some members of the human, half-Oni and Elf community on the edges of Tinker's realm.

There was a lot going on in this book. I think Spencer did a good job on the character development and continued worldbuilding.

However, it felt a bit unfinished to me. A lot of threads were lef
I’m torn about the third book in the ‘Elfhome’ series. I purchased the ebook ARC from Baen, because I couldn’t wait another day to reacquaint myself with Tinker’s world. I’m not disappointed at all, but I do feel a little melancholy. This entry in the series marks a serious turning point underscoring the fact that this is no longer Tinker’s tale. ‘Tinker’ is told solely from the heroine’s perspective, whereas in ‘Wolf Who Rules Wind’ perspective is split almost equally between Wind Wolf and Tink ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Elfhome is another great journey in the world Wen Spencer has created. This is the third book in the series and can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading Tinker and Wolf Who Rules first.

There is so much in Elfhome it is hard to know where to start so I will just pick a place.

Plot: Pittsburgh, which had been the gateway between Earth and Elfhome is now stranded on Elfhome. The gate between the two worlds was destroyed and has not been re-opened. There is more that one race around Pitts
My main problem with this book is that I'd really like to be reading a sequel to A Brother's Price, and I'm not. I enjoy the Tinker novels, and I think Spencer's done a really nice job at writing up a world which mixes a variety of mythic traditions without necessarily stomping on any of them too hard (though the Oni are a bit too close to a literal Yellow Peril for my taste). And, though it very well could, it doesn't feel like a Borderlands rip-off, something for which I'm grateful.

The preview
Lady Lioness
Oi. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this one yet. While the official release isn't until July, Baen had the brilliant idea to sell the unproofed (and hopefully unedited as well) manuscript as an e-ARC at $15 a pop. I don't know if I'd precisely say it's worth it, but if you divide the 15 by the 6 months you would otherwise have to wait, it works about to $2.50 a month. A very reasonable expense for your rabid Wen Spencer fanperson. A note of caution, though, it's definitely a rough draft. ...more
Margaret Fisk
Wen Spencer is not a very prolific writer, but it’s worth the wait. Elfhome is the third in the Tinker series centered around a Pittsburgh that has come unhooked from our Earth and spends its time transplanted into the elf world, at least by this point in the series. If you haven’t read the first two books, Tinker and Wolf Who Rules, there’s a complex history, both of the characters and of the worlds that is referenced in Elfhome based somewhat on what occurred in the previous two, so if that wo ...more
Kathy Leitle
My rating for this book is really a 3.5. Because the author's worlds are very complex, a summary of the important points from the previous books or a glossary with explanations of the main characters and some of the elven/tengu/oni terms would have really helped. I have read several thousand books since "Wolf Who Rules" came out in 2006 and I just don't remember the intricacies of this world, but the story assumes that I do. This lack of background cues kept pulling me out of the story. I ended ...more
Sarah C
I still want more Tinker! Again, Wen Spencer takes some very disparate elements and weaves them into an interesting and unexpected journey. As the third book, i expected to know sortof where the story was going, sure, there were several groups at odds and that needed to be resolved but i found myself questioning ... where is this story going?

Spencer always has the ability to surprise me. I love it. So often i read books that follow the same paths as many others in the genre. Its nice to not kno
I’m a fan of Wen Spencer, ever since I glommed her Ukiah Oregon series way back when, but I haven’t read any of her books for a long time. ELFHOME is the third book in her Tinker series – here’s where I admit I thought I had read the second book, but realised probably about a quarter of the way through ELFHOME that I hadn’t. Ooops. By that time, I was too engrossed in the story that I didn’t want to put it down and find the second book, which probably gives you quite a good indication that Wen S ...more
I've looked forward to this book since I read the first book in the series and fell in love with the main character, a girl genius named Tinker.

This third book in the series (and please, God, let there be more) follows Tinker's cousin/brother Oilcan as he gets over losing his human cousin to the elves and figures out what to do with his life if he's not following Tinker around while she invents new motorcycles that fly and blows other stuff up.

It's a massive tale wrapped up in beautifully clean
The third book in a urban fantasy series the first were Tinker and Wolf Who Rules. Some series, it doesn't matter the order the books are read in. That's not true here. The earlier books were primarily about Tinker.

Oilcan, Tinker’s cousin, has always been backstory in these books, but in this one, he tells his own story too, as does Tommy, the half- oni. Tommy and his relations have been nothing but slaves, but Tommy wants more and he becomes a Hero. Oilcan adopts some kids and finds a new place
Carolyn F.
Okay 3 things I realized about the cover illustrator Clyde Caldwell. Firstly, he loves boobies. Secondly, he didn't read the book because Tinker is 18. Which leads to my third point, the woman on the cover is no where near 18 - probably late 30s - and Clyde must be in love with her to put her on the cover even though she much older than Tinker.

I love this series. I can't remember who first turned me on to it, but it's just wonderful. Elves have found a home in a Pittsburg that's actually part o
Elfhome is the third installment in the Elfhome series following Tinker and Wolf Who Rules. It continues the adventures of our intrepid girl genius turned elf Tinker. Whilst the previous two books almost entirely followed Tinker, here the story is divided between Tinker and two additional characters, the half-oni Tommy Chang and Tinkers cousin Oilcan.

Tinker is as usual amusing, amazing and bullish. But this is Oilcan's story really. Tinker was always the cornerstone of his life, but her elf tran
E. VanZwoll
Elfhome, the third book in the Tinker series, is a bit of a departure from the first two books. Instead of being a continuation of Tinker and Wildwolf's story, this is the story of Tinker's cousin Oilcan and the half-oni Tommy.

I really enjoyed the switch in the story. Oilcan has always been quietly supportive of Tinker, so I was happy to learn more about him and to see where his strength came from. Seeing the world through his eyes really helped me understand why he is so protective... especiall
Got the eARC from Baen.(Yay don't have to wait for July)
Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!(Except for the cover - ugh).
I loved that the story focused on several characters and not just a few.
It has been a while since I read Tinker and Wolf Who Rules so it took me a while to remember some of the details. I may have to go back and re-read them all in order now to more fully appreciate the book.
I sure hope there's going to be more books but I hope we don't have to wait another 6 years for the next one.

Man, is that an embarrassing cover - I wish they'd get a different artist. Aside from that though, this was an enjoyable continuation of the series. I feel like this is maybe not the world's best series, but it's fast paced and pulpy and I really enjoy it, so whatever :) I had fun seeing what's happening with the characters I already know, and I liked how they expanded the world by introducing the inter-clan dynamics.

I'll definitely pick this up when it's in paperback.
Again, another great book to this series.

My only complaint is that Spencer seems to like pairing people together. Everyone somehow happily has a soulmate in this world. If you're a recurring character, you have a counterpart.
Case in point: Tommy & Jewel. Oilcan & Thorne Scratch.
Meh. It gets a little grating because it works out too neatly.

I really enjoyed seeing Oilcan get more page-time in this book. The school-turned-stronghold is a great bit of writing. And those kids are really c
This book was wonderful. (The ARC is available on the site).

The hanging threads from Wolf Who Rules are tightened up & tied off. But a new set of plot points are flying off to the ends of the earth.

The focus of the story is shared between Tinker, Oilcan, Tommy & the Tengu. The book is well worth the wait -- and I certainly hope the beginning of more!
Gaaaaah. I surely read some heinous dreck. This is kind of like manga written by furries, at least, it's what I would imagine that would be like. There are elves! And bad, uh, creature things that are just all bad. And lots of half animal half elf half human um half people types. And dragons because why not - also, hoverbikes! - because same reason. They all have cute names or vaguely asian names or vaguely native american names and and and - ugh. Pointy ears. Small, dusky females (a phrase that ...more
Kelly Flanagan
well, this seems to be the end of the Tinker series, and I must say that I am sorry to see it end. Wen Spencer has a great habit of making characters you love and plots that don't fall over if you think too hard. As well she has a great sense of humor that's sorrowfully needed in our day and age. If you like to read a series that has girls doing more than showing their assets, and a kick ass team of elves to back it up, if you want your sci-fi and fantasy slightly mixed try Wen Spencer. You wont ...more
5 stars with distinction!!!

OMG!!!!!! My series reread reaches my favourite volume. The star of this entry has to be Oilcan. Oilcan is a mega god in this book. The worldbuilding is still at premium best but we now get politics! The clans are moribund and insular, the politics deadly and devious - just the way I like 'em! We spread out further still from Tinker with glimpses into not just her POV but Windwolf, Oilcan and Tommy Chang. This is an excellent reflection on the series growth as a whole
This was a strong closer to the series that in many ways redeemed the weak middle book.
While poor Windwolf still doesn't get an actual personality (or even much screen time!), Oilcan is fleshed out fairly skilfully, as is Tommy Chang who just barely appeared on the scene in book 2. The ramifications of immortality are explored in a little greater depth, and the story at least shakes a stick at addressing some of the challenges of weaving together a peaceful, if not necessarily cohesive, society
This is book 3 in the Tinker series, which is an amazing mash up of a bunch of areas I like: contemporary fantasy, sci fi, mystery, romance, and fairytale. It's wonderfully written with great characters and very intricate plots. My only complaint about this series is the wait between books. Tinker - 2003, Wolf Who Rules - 2006, Elfhome - 2012. There's plenty of room at the end of Elfhome for at least one more book, so I will be anxiously awaiting it.

It took me quite a while to remember the impor
While Tinker gets to be her brilliant and destructive self, this book is more about Oilcan, and to a lesser degree Tommy. They have been on the sidelines in many ways, hurt by the action, but working to take out the Oni and save Tinker. However, in this book, they find their way despite themselves.

Oilcan is thrust into long-term responsibility when he rescues an elf girl who has traveled on her own only to find her expected sponsor is dead and no one will help her. Tommy is resistant to promisi
It's been a long time since Wen Spencer has published anything. I've missed her worlds and characters.

This is really Oilcan's story. Unlike Tinker's story, which was told from Tinker's perspective, Oilcan's story is told from several perspectives which causes the story to hang together differently. I didn't like it as well.

I like the new character, especially the children. The most poignant moment for me was when an elf exclaims at seeing a child that she'd never seen a child before and describe
I'm not sure whether to be amused at things Tinker manages to get herself into or horrified at some of the things that lead her to get into well, whatever.

So her cousin stumbles across a stray young elf from the Stone clan, which leads to the discovery that someone in that clan was getting kids from a certain caste to break away and head for Pittsburg. There, they, being both children and Stone clan so "not my responsibility" to the Wind Clan train station employees, were sitting ducks for the O
Keeping a large cast of characters moving through the action is akin to spinning plates. Spencer deftly and lightly touches on our favorites, but in this third book of the series, we focus on Oilcan and Tommy (the half-oni) as they step up to adult responsibilities. From a plot standpoint, this book is more setup than resolution, with the characters uncovering what was foreshadowed previously--that the opposing force is the tool of a greater opposing force.

Spencer once more skillfully parallels
Olga Godim
This is the book #3 of the series, and to my disappointment, the first 50 pages or so are spent in reintroducing the characters from the previous two novels. Nothing much happens in the first third of the book, and even the reintroductions are not complete. If I read this book without reading the other two first, I’d still don’t know who the characters were or how they looked. What were their relationships with other characters? Whom they liked? Whom they hated? What were their goals? Most chara ...more
Rena McGee
In Elfhome, Pittsburgh continues to be a warzone as the elves attempt to eradicate the invading oni and tensions grow between the city’s residents. With Pittsburgh now stranded on Elfhome, the elves are attempting to enforce their cultural norms on the population, much to the resentment of the half-oni and human portions of the population. Also adding to the tension is the continuing presence of the Stone Clan, which is definitely in the political dog house after the events of the previous book ...more
the Tinker books are great reads, although there's no denying a good copy-edit would have got rid of some of the dodgy grammatical parsing and redundancy in this one. (i get that elves live by their honour and Oilcan was traumatised by his mother's death. yes.) i have a feeling that might be a by-product of being published by Baen, much though i admire their philosophy and price point. but that's a piffle compared with Spencer's energetic plots, sympathetic characters and general gallons of cool ...more
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John W. Campbell Award Winner Wen Spencer resides in paradise in Hilo, Hawaii with two volcanoes overlooking her home. Spencer says that she often wakes up and exclaims "Oh my god, I live on an island in the middle of the Pacific!" This, says Spencer, is a far cry from her twenty years of living in land-locked Pittsburgh.

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