Monster Blood Tattoo 2: Lamplighter by D M Cornish

Monster Blood Tattoo 2: Lamplighter

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

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The thrilling follow-up to the monster hit: Foundling. Monsters, rogues and wonder abound in this utterly original, fearsomely exciting and beautifully detailed fantasy tale of an orphaned boy's journey to seek his destiny.

Stunning in scope and rich in detail, alive with memorable heroes and villains and brimming with new and original science and magics, D.M. Cornish's tale of scolds, scourges, smugglers and shrewds will thrill and captivate, and leave the reader desperate for more.

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Monster Blood Tattoo 2: Lamplighter by D M Cornish

Rossamund Bookchild has successfully negotiated the treacherous route to High Vesting. But even within the sturdy walls of the great city he is far from safe. For the path to becoming a Lamplighter is fraught with dangers - and not just from the dread monsters who lurk in the wilds. Rossamund will need all his wits to survive his training.


A meticulously imagined place, full of echoes of literary luminaries from Dickens to Patrick O'Brian and bristling with joyous erudition. Here be not just monsters but muskets and flintlocks, haubardiers and habilistics, florins and factotums amd mighty vessels of war Washington Post I plunged instantly into a unique fantasy world just beyond the familiar, where no one is fully good, where the villains are real and terrifying, and I felt constantly at the edge of a gasp. I hope readers will love this as much as I do -- Tamora Pierce Depth and intricacy reminiscent of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien or Robert Jordan School Library Journal A remarkable new world, complete in every detail and totally convincing. Even more, he has peopled this amazing world with equally amazing characters, startling turns of events, constant excitement and a rich palette of deeply felt emotions -- 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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736 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


D M Cornish
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Random House Children's Books

Publication date

7th May 2009




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