Monster Blood Tattoo 3

Monster Blood Tattoo 3

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In the city of Boschenberg stands Madame Opera's Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls. Within its walls lives an orphan named Rossamund. A young boy with a girl's name. He is about to embark on a journey that will change his life forever. Rossamund has always dreamed of a career in the Navy, fighting tentacled monsters and rescuing damsels from hook-handed 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, to shine the way for travellers through lands peopled by outcasts, monsters and worse. But for Rossamund to begin his education, he must first undertake a journey of his own: to the great city of High Vesting. Such a road is not for the faint of heart. Only monster-hunters, leers and the most desperate of brigands dare travel the inland ways unguarded. And all Rossamund carries with him is a battered almanac and a pocketful of cheap potions. It is unlikely to be enough. 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0552556300
  • 9780552556309
  • 1,524,107

About D. M. Cornish

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.show more

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Stories as vivid and inventive as FOUNDLING are exceedingly rare. D.M. Cornish has introduced us to something wonderful and new. Brilliant. Enough secrets, promises, and mystery to create impatient demand for part two. Starred Review. Booklist 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. 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. It's an epic in the making; and we can all be glad we were present to see it begin. Rossamund's action-packed road story serves chiefly to build and populate Cornish's remarkable new world. From the pre-industrial English feel to the sprawling setting and backstory, this book feels every bit as substantial as its heft implies. Highly ambitious. Publishers Weekly 20060619 A depth and intricacy reminiscent of the work of J. R. R. Tolkien or Robert Jordan. The unique and fascinating Half-Continent, where ships with organic engines sail caustic vinegar oceans and monster-hunters gain supernatural powers through dangerous surgeries, is a delightful, refreshing standout School Library Journal 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 and "mighty vessels of war". And they're much more than a hodgepodge of stage props. Rossamund is smart and likable enough to give the plot some serious emotional ballast. Here's betting he will have a big following by the time he steps out in Book 2 as a full-fledged lamplighter Washington Postshow more