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(Elfhome #3)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  2,548 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Book Three of the Elfhome series, the follow-up to exciting Wolf Who Rules and the award-winning fantasy-SF novel that started it all, Tinker.

Elfhome. A world of powerful magic, beautiful elves, man-eating trees, frost-breathing wargs, and god-like dragons. Pittsburgh. A city that has been stranded deep in virgin elfin forest to stave off an invasion by the merciless oni.
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 376 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Baen (first published July 1st 2012)
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Beth There is another book, Project Elfhome, which is a group of short stories but also has an arc that covers up to the end of this one, showing a lot of …moreThere is another book, Project Elfhome, which is a group of short stories but also has an arc that covers up to the end of this one, showing a lot of different perspectives. And there is at least one more planned (title so far is Harbringer) but it's probably not out until 2019 or later.(less)

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Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another one I basically read in a single sitting and will be rereading! (I really hate the cover, though.)
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
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
The books in this series are each better than those before them, this would get 6 stars, if that were possible.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
I was just in such a sour mood today that I didn't enjoy so much, but the plot was really well thought out...
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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
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
2019 reread! I still love this story!
Amber J
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So my favorite part of this book was all the intro to Oilcan, who I love so much. It gave some more in depth look at some of the other minor characters important to the story as well.
Margaret Fisk
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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
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
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This felt like several books in one with its convoluted story line, but it was very enjoyable. I was a bit surprised how quickly elf women apparently jump into bed - I actually googled Wen Spencer to make sure she wasn't a man - but it all fits nicely together. I'm looking forward to Wood Sprites. ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah C
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kathy Leitle
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Carolyn F.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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.

Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Danica Midlil
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
There was very little Windwolf in this one but much more Oilcan than I remember in either of the others.

Biggest Complaint: What was with all the missing words? This was in bad need of a better editor! We were missing "had" and "to" all over the place!! It kept pulling me out of the story and made me want to go find a red pen to mark up my copy with and mail it back to Baen!

All in all though, more please!
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
There are too many characters too keep track of, so the subplots don't dovetail smoothly at the climax. This was a real disappointment because I loved Tinker and Wolf Who Rules. Oilcan gets to shine, which is nice, but Pony doesn't do much other than calm Tinker down every time she gets angry, which is a lot. There's so much more potential in this series I hope to see more books, but I also hope they will live up to the original promise. ...more
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good ending to the Tinker trilogy, while still leaving lots of story room if Wen wants to revisit this world. I liked the wrap up on several levels, though occasionally a little choppy.
Marianne Boutet
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
..and everything gets wrapped up! This is an excellent read, and an excellent series!
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I am loving this series!
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
It seems the first chapter was a smoke screen to fool you into thinking this book is about Tinker. There are two more points of View than was in the previous book.

Well I was right when I finished the last book, that book three would have three points of view. The author also focuses more on the romance than on Tinker combining magic with technology.
I want more tinkering, not romance.

Hmm. The first chapter of book four is about two nine year olds. If they are going to be one of the four (since it
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I usually don’t award 5 stars to this type of fiction, but this story earned it. This book had an intricate plot, flawed yet admirable characters and a wonderfully detailed fantasy world. It was a little darker than the first two books in the series. Tinker and all the other major characters are immersed in elf clan politics, alliances and treachery that they cannot fully understand. Ravenous and narcissistic Oni are threatening Pittsburgh and young elves. As in the o ...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.

The Elfhome series opener, Tinker, won the 2003 Sapphire Award for Best Scien

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