Sunday, March 21, 2021

Tales of the Tinkers: Book One

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Tales of the Tinkers is a well written alternate history/parallel worlds fantasy by Chris Mathewson (& clan). Released 26th June 2020, it's 396 pages and is available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.

This is an exuberant romp of an adventure. There are plot elements large and small intertwining to create a surprisingly rich and engaging story about family, honor, finding one's place in the universe, being useful and following your creative passions, and being true to oneself. The language is mostly family friendly, there are a few instances of "bloody" "dammit" and "bugger", but nothing worse. The style is lighthearted and fairly deep at the same time and invites comparisons with Pratchett. (It's *not* Pratchett, but it reminds me of him in some good ways). 

The author writes dialect into the dialogue and at least at first, it can be slow going. For comparison, it reminded me a lot of the Nac Mac Feegle in Wee Free Men (Pratchett, again). 

Four stars. Well worth seeking out this indie published fantasy. I sincerely hope the author (and clan) continue with the story. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.  

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