Wood Sprites

Wood Sprites

by Wen Spencer


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Book 4 in the award-winning Elfhome series.

Even though they attend a school of gifted students in New York City, child geniuses Louise Mayer and her twin sister Jillian have always felt alone in the world, isolated by their brilliance. Shortly before their ninth birthday, they make an amazing discovery. They’re not alone.

Their real mother was astronaut Esme Shenske and their father was the famous inventor, Leonardo Dufae. They have an older sister, Alexander, living on the planet of Elfhome, and four siblings still in cryogenic storage at the fertility center. There’s only one problem: the frozen embryos are scheduled to be destroyed within six months. The race is on to save their baby brother and sisters.

As a war breaks out on Elfhome and riots start in New York City, the twins use science and magic to plow over everything standing in their way. But when they come face to face with an ancient evil force, they’re soon in over their heads in danger.

About Wood Sprites:
"[M]aintains the series' solid quality. . . . The girls are endearing without being twee, and bright but not implausibly brilliant, and Spencer's prose remains engaging. The melange of science fiction and fantasy tropes, starships rubbing shoulders with proud elf warriors, is uncommon but tasty. Established fans will enjoy this installment, and those unfamiliar with the series or Spencer may find it an intriguing introduction to her work."—Publishers Weekly

About Wen Spencer's Elfhome series:
“Spencer's intertwining of current Earth technology and otherworldly elven magic is quite ingenious.” –Booklist

About Wen Spencer:
“Wit and intelligence inform this off-beat, tongue-in-cheek fantasy. . . . Furious action . . . good characterization, playful eroticism and well-developed folklore. . . . lift this well above the fantasy average. . . . Buffy fans should find a lot to like in the book's resourceful heroine.”—Publishers Weekly on series debut Tinker

About Wen Spencer's Eight Million Gods:
Eight Million Gods is a wonderfully weird romp through Japanese mythology, culture shock, fan culture and the ability to write your own happy ending. It is diverting and entertaining fantasy." —Galveston County Daily News

The Elfhome Series
Wolf Who Rules
Wood Sprites

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476736716
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Series: Elfhome Series , #4
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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!" According to Spencer, she lives with "my Dalai Lama-like husband, my autistic teenage son, and two cats (one of which is recovering from mental illness). All of which makes for very odd home life at times." Spencer's love of Japanese anime and manga flavors her writing. Her novel Tinker won the 2003 Sapphire Award for Best Science Fiction Romance and was a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Fantasy Novel. Her Wolf Who Rules was a Top Pick by Romantic Times and given their top rating of four and a half stars. Other Baen books include Eight Million Gods, and Elfhome, third entry in the Tinker series.

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Wood Sprites 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Rowan_Silvertree More than 1 year ago
Two nine-year-old twins, genetic sisters to Tinker, are the protagonists of this novel. It is, by turns, hilarious, scary, heartwarming, and suspenseful. Think Tinker times two. Add in a robot Akita that acts as a nanny, a raid on a fertility clinic, and a theft from the Museum of Natural History in NYC and you have a thrilling adventure that is fit for readers from tween to adult. The violence, while fairly muted, is not recommended for any reader under the age of eight in my opinion. On the whole, however, I can readily recommend this book to those fans of Elfhome and the adventures (misadventures?) of Tinker and Oilcan. It is to be hoped that the next book introduces Louise, Jillian, and the four babies to their big sister and their mother, Esme. I, for one, would love to be present at that meeting.
WCCope More than 1 year ago
First I'd like to say this is one of my favorite series, I've read the first book a dozen times. This book (the forth) is the first to take place on earth. When Tinker was conceived, there were multiple other eggs produced, but not implanted, they were frozen in-case they were needed later. Two were stolen and produced twins that are now in middle school, and are just as smart & precocious as Tinker.The story picks up (I'm guessing from plot clues) slightly before the beginning of the first book, and ends at least after the middle of the second, probably near the end of the third book. The twins end up meeting Esme's family, and learn about why she did everything she did, and why she called her family The Evil Empire, and her step-brothers flying monkeys #4 & 5 This book uses an alternate viewpoint to fill in a lot of the back-story from a fresh perspective. If you like the first 3 books, this one is a necessity to put it all together.
Readingisvital More than 1 year ago
Good read. Nice to visit Tinker's Elfhome again. Hope there is more to come. Wen Spencer is a great world builder, and her characters are very believable, though sometimes a little far out.
AdrianneM More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious! The characters are 9-year-old girls who are way too smart for their own good. But when they decide that they want something, they pursue it with all the joy and vigor and fearless innocence of children. The book has a fast pace that keeps you glued to the pages, and while each step of the way seems logical, especially from the perspective of a 9-year-old, you can't help but laughing when mice zoom past on miniature hover-carts and the nanny-bot ends up assisting in a museum heist. 
CC_reader1 More than 1 year ago
This book is a fine addition to the Elfhome series.  If you haven't read the first 3 books you can still enjoy the antics of these two young genius girls and their 'sidekicks'.  However, it will be more enjoyable to have read the  previous delightful books so you can link in the time lines,  the characters and the motivations.  I eagerly await  book 5 in which I hope the the twins, the 'babies', Tinker, Oilcan and their friends change the future of Elfhome.
bookgirl_2134 More than 1 year ago
The series is amazing. Ms Spencer has written awesome world-building with characters that the reader can connect to and root for them against all odds. While at times something (or someone) may seem improbable, nothing in Ms. Spencer's world is impossible.  The twins are hilarious, logical, and charming and I hope their big sister & the inhabitants of Elfhome love them as much as I do.
Midwesterner More than 1 year ago
Loosely tied into characters from the rest of the Elfhome series by brief mentions of them, this tale was a wonderful romp that kept me turning pages. Only after I finished did I start to consider the "plot-holes" that in a less well-crafted book would normally have had me exclaiming "Oh, come on - there's no WAY 9 year-olds could manage to do THAT." The book explained much more of Tinker's background while firmly establishing 2 charming (although they'd hate being called that) new tech-savvy characters. I'm already looking forward to the next book in this science fiction / fantasy series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Wish we could have a sequel. The girls are so cute and smart. Love to know how their lives turned out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read love every monentz ! didnt want it to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book several times and am still enjoying it. I look forward in anticipation for a continuation of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please tell me it does not end here!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adore Tinker and her family, and I am eager to read more of their adventures! (OMG, Pony!) This is another example of Wen Spencer's excellent writing (and her unfortunate luck with book covers).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago