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

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,653 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
This Amazon best-selling steampunk novel is now a free kindle book! Five Stars - "WOW... This book drew me in instantaneously... beautifully written and wholly captivating." -Semisweet Book Blog Four Stars - "captivating... Sedgwick beautifully creates this other world that as a reader you totally get into." -Goodreads reviewer Five Stars - ..".a beautifully written book w ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published March 5th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 25th 2011)
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Apr 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
(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 tak
Clare O'Beara
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. Th
Apr 08, 2012 added it
Shelves: steampunk, ebook, dnf
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
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Semisweet Bookblog
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
John Purvis
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Whitebeard Books
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 inte
John Easom
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, steam-punk
First part of the book gets 5 stars
second 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 t
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 an
Bill Spears
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Bill Tillman
The Tinkerer's Daughter

Where 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
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Alisha Polley
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
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