Set in the world of the Half-Continenta land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistolsthe Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy is a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girls name, who is just about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monstersand people, who may be worse. Learning who to trust and who to fear is neither easy nor without its perils, and Rossamund must choose his path carefully.
Complete with appendices, maps, illustrations, and a glossary, Monster Blood Tattoo grabs readers from the first sentence and immerses them in an entirely original fantasy world with its own language and lore.
Foundling, the first in the planned Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy, sucked our then twelve-year-old son in on the first page and spat him back out a couple of days later only after he'd read the book cover to cover (including the glossary and the 100 page appendix which particularly fascinated him) and pored over the maps and illustrations In the intervening period we did see him from time to time - for meals and breathless plot updates - but in essence, although his body was with us, his mind was somewhere in the Half-Continent! With illustrations reminiscent of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy this is a book to kindle the imagination of any child who revels in fantastic worlds filled with fantastic creatures. (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
This epic fantasy, though solidly based in classic form ....., flounders under cluttered writing.
Booklist - Cindy Dobrez
Starred Review. .... enough secrets, promises, and mystery to create impatient demand for part two.
School Library Journal
Starred review. A delightful, refreshing standout in a sea of cookie-cutter fantasy worlds.
Starred Review. From the pre-industrial English feel to the sprawling setting and backstory, this book feels every bit as substantial as its heft implies.
Tamora Pierce, author of the quartets Song of the Lioness and Circle of Magic
I felt constantly at the edge of a gasp.
Michael Cart, writer, professor, expert in children's and YA literature
Meticulously plotted, prodigiously imagined, and richly realized.
Lloyd Alexander, Newbery-winning author of The Chronicles of Prydain
..A remarkable new world, complete in every detail, totally convincing.
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by Sam R Gasp I have been reading the Redwall series, and i love that series but this book took me out of it and was not going to let me go I read the book in a week and instantly wanted the next book to come out. This book is great for children and adults who... Read More
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by Forrestt Monster blood Tatoo This book was the best book i had read for quite a while!I have read many good books and i would put this book as one of my top 5 books!
D.M. Cornish was born in time to see the first Star Wars movie. He was five. It
made him realize that worlds beyond his own were possible, and he failed to eat
his popcorn. Experiences with C.S. Lewis, and later J.R.R. Tolkien, completely
convinced him that other worlds existed, and that writers had a key to these
worlds. But words were not his earliest tools for storytelling. Drawings
He spent most of his childhood drawing, as well as most of his teenage and adult
years as well. And by age eleven he had made his first book, called "Attack from
Mars." It featured Jupitans and lots and lots of drawings of space battles. (It
has never been published and world rights are still available!)
He studied illustration at the University of South Australia, where he began to
compile a series of notebooks, beginning with #1 in 1993. He had read Mervyn
Peake's Gormenghast novels, The Iliad, and Paul Gallico's Love of
Seven Dolls. Classical ideas as well as the great desire to continue what
Mervyn Peake had begun but not...
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