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Title:
Wood sprites
Author:
Spencer, Wen.
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Publication Information:
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2014]
Physical Description:
481 pages ; 25 cm.
Summary:
"Book 4 in the Romantic Times Sapphire 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.--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781476736716
Format :
Book

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Book 4 in the Romantic Times Sapphire 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
Tinker
Wolf Who Rules
Elfhome
Wood Sprites


Author Notes

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 Dali Llama-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 space opera thriller Endless Blue and Elfhome, third entry in the Tinker series.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The fourth book in the Elfhome series, this story follows a set of nine-year-old twin girls, Louise and Jillian. Even though they attend a special school with other exceptionally gifted students, their brilliance has always resulted in their not fitting in. They happily hack computers, create amazing professional-quality videos, and organize a school play. Along the way, they discover that their parents are not their biological parents, and they resolve to save their unborn, frozen-embryo brothers and sisters. This is a world where there are elves who tend to be rather inscrutable. On this alternative future Earth, Pittsburgh is moved between Elfhome and Earth once a month, on a schedule, somewhat reminiscent of Brigadoon. Technology has reasonably advanced beyond our current status, with robot dog-nannies and the like available for purchase. Although the story is entertaining, it can be difficult to believe that preadolescent children, even genius-level, could be involved in many of the escapades described in the book. Adult readers may find it difficult to suspend disbelief. There is humor sprinkled throughout the story, and plenty of danger and high jinks, but the overall story just doesn't hold together. This is a stand-alone book and does not require any knowledge of the other books in the series.--Gerber, Rebecca Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Spencer's fourth Elfhome novel (after Elfhome) maintains the series's solid quality. When youthful curiosity with combustibles sends eight-year-old twins Louise and Jillian Mayer to the hospital, the doctors make an intriguing discovery: blood types prove that the girls are not biologically related to their loving parents. The twins' investigation into their origins leads to the discovery that they have elven heritage, and entangles them in the fraught politics between humans and elves. Amid escalating acts of violence, Louise and Jillian's search for unknown relatives places them in a pivotal role in a conflict spanning the human and elf worlds. 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. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.