New Treasures: The Tinker King by Tiffany Trent, Book II of The Unnaturalists

New Treasures: The Tinker King by Tiffany Trent, Book II of The Unnaturalists

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I discover a lot of great writers by attending readings, and that’s exactly how I found Tiffany Trent. I was at Wiscon — which has one of the most rewarding reading tracks of any convention in the country — back in 2012 , where one reader in particular really impressed me. Her writing was fresh and original, with a marvelously inventive world and a compelling and instantly likable main character. Here’s what I wrote at the time:

My favorite tale… was Tiffany Trent’s The Unnaturalists. Set in an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in museums, The Unnaturalists follows plucky young Vespa Nyx, who is happily cataloging unnatural creatures in her father’s museum until she becomes involved in Syrus Reed’s attempts to free his Tinker family, who have been captured to be refinery slaves. Funny, fast-paced, and packed with lively characters, Tiffany Trent’s novel captured my attention immediately.

The Unnaturalists was published in hardcover in 2012, and the sequel, The Tinker King, arrived in 2014. Saga Press published the paperback edition of The Unnaturalists (above) in June of this year, and the paperback edition of The Tinker King followed on July 26. Both are available for $7.99 in print, and $6.99 in digital format. The covers are by Aaron Goodman (click for bigger versions).

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Allen Snyder

Those covers are awesome. I just ordered the mass market paperback versions; the trade paperbacks have people on them, obscuring the are (shudders).

I also note that the “School Library Journal” review of The Unnaturalists recommends reading the prequel short from the anthology “Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances,” so I also purchased the Kindle version of that (only $4.99). The other formats seem to be out of print, although there are used copies available at Amazon of course.

Allen Snyder

Obviously, that should have said “obscuring the art.”

R.K. Robinson

I just got the Kindle versions of the two novels, and thanks to the comment by Allen, the anthology as well. Now to find time to read them…

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