Christian book review: Mad Tinker Chronicles by J. S. Morin
Christian review? You’re kidding right? Not really. On the surface it is good clean fun. No language or sex and the violence isn’t too bad.
Epic steampunk fantasy science fiction
No, it’s not Victorian. Yes, it has magic; Mad Tinker scientist mechanics; Four parallel worlds. OK so they have something called brightsteel. Magic has lightning and some of the worlds have spark which is rudimentary electricity. Runes have power. There are remarkable machines which can do incredible things. There are dragons, various and sundry races, interbreeding. Worlds of magic but backwards in technology meet worlds of technology with very little magic.
The characters are a lot of fun. This is almost swords and sorcery run amok. It sounds like a lot of fun, right? Not really.
Pretty much non-believers flailing about
Most people are non-believers. There aren’t really even many religious and they are looked upon as idiots. Some of the peons on the technology world worship half-heartedly Eziel, the god of war. Demons are more like archmages—demigods of sorts. The gods are barely mentioned but stronger than demons. All magic is about controlling the chi or force or power or something like that. It’s called aether.
It’s a dark, dreary, depressing world with no hope. Trudge, trudge. The “good guys” are the tinker and his daughters, I think. Actually, as in most of these books, they are all bad guys. So goes the world…