Review of PATCH MAN from http://www.abookidea.com/patchman/
"A TRULY GREAT MASTERPIECE WORTH READING"
Patchman is a unique story that reveals itself piece by piece as you are introduced to different characters revolving around one little girl and the man she meets on the street selling patches to a now empty town whose inhabitants have either fled or been killed in the Summian/Imperiana war.
At first Var the Patchman and Meesha, the one-armed orphan girl, appear by all intents and purpose to be simply a hawker, hawking his wares and a little girl trying to survive. As she calls out to the man to ask for a patch to mend her doll, they hear a warning whistle of an approaching bomb.
Ducking for cover and barely a few seconds to spare, Var emerges to survey the damage and notices that in the crater where the bomb landed there is mechanical device. The device is a camera, used to record the aftermath of the bombing and return back to the Imperiana with the report.
This fills his heart with dread because Var the Patchman knows that more bombs will soon follow. As he runs to inspect his cart, he sees that the little girl is not moving, and on closer inspection is also not breathing. Var runs to his cart, he selects a patch and quickly runs back to her.
Applying the patch, Var is relieved to see that the little girl soon starts to breathe again. Back at the Imperiana, orders are sent out to either apprehend the girl and now the man who rescued her or kill them both, because as it turns out, little Meesha the one-armed girl who is never without her doll and Var the Patch Man are mentioned in the book of prophecy called the Tel-Amir.
Var returns home with Meesha, only to have his home attacked by guards sent by the captain of the Imperiana army. Having to flee the two are now joined by Zefa, Var’s wife a former assassin and Ka, an Icarian hybrid flyer saved by Var.
In hot pursuit is Ulan, former Lore Mistress now assassin ordered to kill both Meesha and Var and Kerash current Lore Mistress, who is trying to save them. Meesha may or may not be the child in the prophecy, but she does have a lot of hidden talents that surprise the group time and time again and in the end, we see a surprise twist that was not expected.