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Foundling

Monster Blood Tattoo Book 1

by D M. Cornish

Foundling
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  • First Published:
    May 2006, 404 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2007, 448 pages

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A delightful, refreshing standout in a sea of cookie-cutter fantasy worlds. Ages 12+

Monster Blood Tattoo sucked our then twelve-year-old son in on the first page and spat him back out a couple of days later once 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.

Dyan Blacklock, publisher with Omnibus Books (an imprint of Scholastic in Australia), recalls how she became aware of the Half-Continent world: D.M. Cornish, a young illustrator earning his daily bread ...

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