''Tinker'' (or ''Elfhome'') is a fantasy series with some science-fictional elements by WenSpencer about WrenchWench Tinker in a UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} that flips every so often from Earth to Elfhome and back.

Thus far consisting of
* ''Tinker''
* ''The Wolf Who Rules''
* ''Elfhome''

A fourth book with a working title of "Wood Sprites" is currently in the works for a 2014 release.

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!!Tropes featured in this work
* AccidentalMarriage: Owing to human/elf customs differing.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Younger elves have to deal with this constantly. Not only is anything they do likely to be compared against the work of some master in their craft who was born thousands of years before, there's a good chance that said master is ''still alive'' and still producing, making it virtually impossible for new blood to get out of their shadow. One subplot in "Elfhome" was a group of doubles (Elves with double-digit ages) who moved to Pittsburg so that they would have a chance to make their mark in their chosen crafts.
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Tinker and Windwolf don't appear in "Wood Sprites" at all. The focus characters are two of Tinker's sisters on Earth who she's never even heard of, much less met (They, like Tinker herself, were born from embryos implanted into foster mothers), and their struggles against their biological mother's evil relatives, who were briefly mentioned in "Wolf Who Rules" but had not appeared before.
* AnxietyDreams: Tinker has them.
* BackgroundMagicField
* BadDreams: Tinker has them after her kidnapping.
* BalefulPolymorph: By magic, of course.
* BodyguardBetrayal: Sekasha are expected to put down their domana overlords if they go off the reservation. This actually happens in ''The Wolf Who Rules''.
* BodyguardCrush: Elves consider it to be socially acceptable for domana caste nobles to take lovers from their sekasha caste bodyguards--even if the domana in question is already married.
** [[spoiler:When Oilcan is turned into a domana-caste elf, he hires his sekasha caste lover to be his First--as he knew she would reject a marriage proposal and this was a socially acceptable alternative to allow them to be together]].
* TheCavalry: Elves save Oilcan and Tinker from imposters at a RoadBlock.
* CloseKnitCommunity: In ''Elfhome'', especially, what they are aiming for for Pittsburgh
* {{Curse}}: A plague of bad luck is supposed to be impossible.
* DamselInDistress: Tinker contemplates this trope in the opening of ''Tinker''.
* DirtyBusiness: Windwolf really hopes that there are no [[spoiler:oni children]] to be massacred with the rest.
* DistressedDude: Windwolf in the opening of ''Tinker''.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Lain thinks she does. Tinker's dreams also show signs of this. [[spoiler:Esme's prophetic dreams led to her changing her major to astrophysics and becoming one of the captains in the colonization effort, all to protect Lain. Since this particular talent is supposed to be passed from mother to daughter, it's not surprising that Tinker has the gift too.]]
* GadgeteerGenius: Tinker.
* GenderBlenderName: Tinker's birth name is Alexander Graham Bell Dufae. This causes a great deal of confusion among those people who only know her name when they're looking for her, since they think they're looking for a man.
* GenocideDilemma: What to do with [[spoiler:the oni]].
* HardLight: [[spoiler: The Tengu's wings.]]
* HonoraryAunt: [[spoiler: Who turns out to be Tinker's real aunt.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Windwolf.
* IGaveMyWord: Tinker admits to herself she would have followed through.
* InterdimensionalTravelDevice: The hyperphase gate (unintentionally?) functions as this.
** [[spoiler:The Skin Clan succeeded in breeding a caste of elves to function as this]].
* ItWasAGift
* LackOfEmpathy: A dominant trait of the [[spoiler:oni]].
* MagicAIsMagicA
* {{Magitek}}: Melding magic with modern technology is one of Tinker's hobbies. Her hoverbike invention in particular has paid off exceptionally well.
* TheMagocracy: Elven society.
* TheMaze: In her dreams.
* MysteriousParent: [[spoiler: Esme.]]
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Tinker's grandfather loved to do this, naming his children and grandchildren Leonardo Da Vinci Dufae, Ada Lovelace Dufae, Alexander Graham Bell, and Orville John Wright.
* OurElvesAreBetter: And don't they know it.
* RoadBlock: Tinker and Oilcan are stopped by a roadblock and asked for papers. [[spoiler:When the men see Windwolf inside, they are ordered to kill them all.]]
* ScarpiaUltimatum
* SecretLegacy: Tinker and her cousin Oilcan.
* SpellBook: The Dufae Codex.
* TactfulTranslation: Elvish being what it was, to English translations often invert this.
* TalkAboutTheWeather: On a first date.
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Tinker at one point contemplates how wives do laundry.
* TeenGenius: Tinker. Windwolf is also implied to be this in elven terms (he's over 200 years old, but in terms of maturity that's equivalent to about 20 years old in human parlance)
* {{Tengu}}: Lain has as dream where Tinker brings her a Tengu, which she describes as a Japanese elf that is sometimes looks like a crow.
* WillNotTellALie: The elves.
* WrenchWench
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