Monster Blood Tattoo 1: Foundling by D M Cornish

Monster Blood Tattoo 1: Foundling

Written by D M Cornish
Part of the Monster Blood Tattoo Series

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Prepared to be scared by this rollercoaster fantasy and the cast of brilliantly conceived and depicted monsters who inhabit it! Orphaned Rossamund must take a trip to the city of High Vesting. It’s a journey fraught with danger and Rossamund has nothing to protect himself with except an almanac and some potions. Will he survive against a cast of smugglers, scourges, scolds and shrewds and, if so, how will he do it?

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Monsters, rogues and wonder abound in this utterly original, fearsomely exciting and beautifully detailed fantasy tale of Rossamund Bookchild, an orphaned boy with a girl’s name who goes on a journey to seek his destiny. The first in a trilogy, it’s stunning in scope and rich in detail, alive with memorable heroes and villains and brimming with new and original science and magic. An author to thrill and captivate and leave the reader desperate for more.


Monster Blood Tattoo 1: Foundling by D M Cornish

Rossamund has always dreamed of a career in the Navy, fighting monsters and rescuing damsels from pirates. But fate has chosen him for a different path. He is being sent to train as a Lamplighter - to bring light to the inland roads of the Half-Continent. But for Rossamund to begin his education, he must first undertake a journey of his own.

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Stripped to its bare essentials, book one Monster Blood Tattoo is a strangely plausible human story with some interesting characters and a wide-open ending hinting at more ... Foundling promises much -- Philip Ardagh Guardian This book feels every bit as substantial as its heft implies. Highly ambitious Publishers Weekly Reading it is like being dumped into a lake, having the author shove your head under the water until you're forced to breathe it in and diescovering, after a bit of a gurgle, that it tastes bloody lovely ... A joy to read SFX Magazine Richly imagined [with] the kind of detail that lifts the book way above the standard for the genre. The writing style too, is intriguing and enjoyable - almost Victorian in its cadences Write Away! It's an epic in the making; and we can all be glad we were present to see it begin -- Lloyd Alexander

About the Author

D.M. Cornish is an acclaimed children's illustrator. He began making notes and drawings for his debut novel FOUNDLING over thirteen years ago and had filled over 28 journals with sketches, ideas and character profiles before the first volume of the MONSTER BLOOD TATTOO trilogy took shape. The book has since sold worldwide. D.M. Cornish is thirty-three and lives in Australia.

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448 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Random House Children's Books

Publication date

1st May 2008




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