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READ Å Monster Blood Tattoo Foundling » Set in the world of the Half Continent—a land of tri corner hats and flintlock pistols—the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy is a world of predatory monsters chemical potions and surgically altered people Foundling begins the journey of Rossamünd a boy with a girl’s name who is just about to begin a daEither easy nor without its perils and Rossamünd must choose his path carefullyComplete with appendices maps illustrations and a glossary Monster Blood Tattoo immerses readers in an entirely original fantasy world with its own language and lor. Before I delve in to this review I admit to being a tad bias Monster Blood Tattoo has since become one of my favourite series of all time The rating of this book also depends on the inclinations of the reader if you are not a fantasy book fan or have trouble immersing in imaginary worlds you will not like this bookHaving read the entire series through I feel that despite the hero being a young boy Monster Blood Tattoo may not be appreciated by the average young reader Perhaps I am doubting the ability of youth today but Cornish's world is uite complex and each book comes euipped with a lengthy 'explicarium' with terms and definitions Also the book often splits off into tangents in the midst of paragraphs explaining the incredibly expansive history of this world and its charactersThis book has a learning curve and I believe that to be appreciated completely you have to sort of give yourself a crash course and refresh your memory occasionally with that handy glossary included I'm not joking Before you get frightened off the Half Continent is a remarkable world and terribly interesting I found myself just as excited to take little breaks and 'study' the fine details of Cornish's world as I was to continue Rossamund's adventure This is truly a book for the hardcore fantasy fan with a large imagination to exercise and challengeI believe it is because of this that many people feel the book starts off slowly However this rings true for any great fantasy novel much like Tolkien's Middle Earth part of the enjoyment is discovering how rich the world is that you are enteringIt is also because of this that readers of Monster Blood Tattoo will make a great divide Those who revel in such expansive reading and those who might get very very confusedThose details aside Foundling is a fantastic introduction into the great adventure of a naive little orphan with a feminine name Rossamund comes from a sheltered life and we meet him on the threshold of being thrust into the ominous world of the Half Continent This is a land of magic and monsters told in a style I can't uite compare with anything I've ever known before There is a great deal of history in this world and the lush and strange landscape is cast before the reader in rich and vivid detail We spend much time in the mind of Rossamund as he contemplates his purpose and tries to survive His initial goals are small and sometimes exhaustively simple but as the story goes on he is introduced to a wild cast of characters that greatly expand what little he knows of this world and its peopleProbably the greatest achievement of Cornish's Monster Blood Tattoo is the character Europa who is introduced early in Foundling While remaining vague as to not ruin anything I would say that Europa is the true hero of this story whilst Rossamund is a neutral vessel for the reader to observe all aspects of the Half Continent and the rest of the characters he encounters While Rossamund has his own opinions and feelings about things in this adventure he rarely makes incredible use of his personal capabilities mostly just trying not to be killed or severely punished I think it is this stance that gives the story such a uniue feel In fact the most joy and use our protagonist finds in himself is during his encounters with Europa who becomes sort of a mother or mentor for Rossamund It is her curiosity amusement and faith in Rossamund that seems to give him purpose in his journeyEuropa is all around a strong female lead who evolves wonderfully as the tale progresses without being too demanding of the spotlightFoundling is a story about exploration and survival and determining personal morals from the perspective of a child being forced to grow up uickly Cornish presents us with an amazingly diverse cast of characters and each new face brings a new level of depth to the world they inhabit It is a fantasy novel that shines through as a journey than the destination and can very well leave you craving for I greatly encourage anyone with a big imagination to feed to read this book

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Set in the world of the Half Continent a land of tri corner hats and flintlock pistols the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy is a world of predatory monsters chemical potions and surgically altered people Foundling begins the journey of Rossamünd a. By this point I think the nation's readers of children's fantasy novels have hit a kind of boredom plateau You get a new fantasy on your desk and you have to tick off the reuirements Alternate world Orphaned hero or heroine School for the extraordinary To a certain extent a lot of these tried and true stand bys are essential to a good book There's a reason they exist after all But after reading a bunch of them reviewers like myself get a little jaded Kids think everything's new so they're inclined to love the newest sparkly cover that comes down the pike For us finding something that is truly original and truly uniue is almost impossible I mean it's not as if Harry Potter was the first boy to go to wizarding school even So imagine my surprise when I encountered a truly rare and amazing fantasy world A place so thoroughly thought out planned meticulously recorded and imagined that it feels less like a fantasy novel and like the factual memoirs of an alternate world I'm not exaggerating here Aussie DM Cornish has spent according to his bookflap the last thirteen years bringing the Half Continent to life The result is a book that feels like the first true successor to Tolkien I've ever foundHis name is Rossamund Bookchild Bookchild because he is an orphan raised by a Marine Society and given the same last name of all the children there Rossamund normally a girl's name because that was the name pinned to him when he was left on the steps as a babe Growing up reading exciting pamphlets recounting daring deeds Rossamund has a dream of someday becoming a sailor or vinegaroon on the vinegar seas where high adventure awaits He dreams of someday seeing the vicious monsters that constantly do battle with man around the country and must always be kept at bay Yet instead of a glorious life on the seas Rossamund is told that he is to be apprenticed as a lamplighter lighting the roads of the Half Continent It's a disappointing blow but on the way to his new job Rossamund hops the wrong boat and finds himself facing monsters rever men teratologists bogles leers wits and a host of other characters and dangers Moreover has Rossamund always been told the truth about the monsters people fight or is there to some bogles than meets the eyeNormally when an author wants to introduce you to a new fantasy world the hero is a kid from our mundane universe who is pushed through extraordinary circumstances into a peculiar realm Rossamund however inclines far closely to the Bilbo Baggins mode of adventuring He has led a nice seuestered life in Madame Opera's Estimable Marine Society and his journey turns out to be very much a series of adventures both good an ill that are new to him simply because he has only read about the wider world and has not yet lived in it Yes Fine Our hero is an orphan as per a million fantasy novels before But never have I had such a clear sense that a character's parentage is not the point of the series PhewReally Rossamund is a great hero Like Taran in Lloyd Alexander's The Black Cauldron series he yearns for adventure But unlike Taran he's not a brash young man with a braggart's tongue and a desire to enter battle Rossamund seems to want adventure without wanting to ever hold a weapon in his hands He's a rather gentle kid He'd sooner say nothing than say the wrong thing a tendency that causes the people around him to open up unexpectedly Which from a narrative perspective is keen Rossamund's growth in this book is not complete a fact noticed by the sweet bogle that considers telling him the secret of his name Still you have confidence in this hero He is kind and good and that goes a long way when you have to spend a whole book with himAnother difference from your normal run of the mill fantasy is Cornish's use of female characters Strong female characters that is At first I figured that this would be yet another boy boy boy book But then you meet the character of Europe and it's all up in the air Europe is the fighting fulgar that meets Rossamund early in his travels and inspires both his respect and his disgust She kills monsters for a living which wouldn't be so bad if the first one Rossamund encounters with her weren't such a sweet but stupid fellow Her moral complexity mixes with a personality that has enough pep and zazz to keep you guessing about her intentions for most of the book Fighting women in fantasy novels tend to have no sense of humor but Europe is uite the wit inside joke when her innards aren't trying to reject her new organsMaybe it's Cornish's Aussie roots but he has a knack for language that exceeds the norm His descriptions are nice and no uestion but dialogue seems to be his bread and butter Don't give me a reason to remember yer name any further me darlin' chiffer chaffer Or calling someone a prattling hackmillion That kind of thing His easy going language will strike you as almost cockney at first but closer inspection of the words and phrases used put a very particular spin on the entire affair His talent for names is nothing to scoff at either You'll read titles like Sloughscab Poundinch Europe and Licurius which pour out of the author like mad wild thingsRegarding the sheer complexity of this world here is my thinking Cornish is so invested in this Half Continent he has created and so clear on every minute and tiny detail involved that you can't help but be swept up in the logic of it all Even amazing though is that Cornish describes everyday realities of the realm without making them sound anything but simultaneously routine AND amazing Everything we learn about Rossamund's world is extraordinary but Cornish has it so well planned that it almost feels routine and logical Not in the boring sense of courseStanding at a handsome 434 pages this book may appear a bit daunting to your average reader So you can well imagine my amazement when I hit page 312 and found the story to be over Finito as it were The next 122 pages consisted of an elaborate and enticing Explicarium Being a glossary of terms and explanations including Appendices Sounds simple right Well it begins with a explanation of pronunciations for certain terms in this book Then an explanation of italics And then a list of faux sources used to research this book which is always fun The glossary is extensive and you can basically learn uite a lot about the Haacobin Empire in which Rossamund lives including history characters and different kinds of boats if you've an inclination to do so Of course at the same time you'll run across definitions like muck hill pile of poo so make no assumptions The glossary is followed by a guide to the 16 month calendar of the half continent detailed drawings of different occupations and what they wear every boat from a gun drudge to a main sovereign and enlargements of the Half Continent terrain that is the most frightening and magnificent map I've ever seen in a work of fiction Stranger still all the pictures in this book and there are many were drawn by the author himself Aye meThe age level is an interesting uestion here Our hero is about fourteen which puts this book suarely in the middle gradeYA realm There is some violence one nasty fellow meets his end by getting eaten alive but it tends to go uickly For the most part I'd say that any kid who could handle the Harry Potter books the The Amulet of Samarkand series or any of the The Lord of the Rings would definitely enjoy this series and get into itBut who thinks of these things Who imagines a world where people bathe their eyes in chemicals to gain unnatural powers Or who undergo dangerous surgeries to get superhuman abilities Who imagines something as tiny and delicate as a spoor a small shape that is blue or white and burned into the skin to denote a person's occupation DM Cornish obviously Basically I just recommend this to anyone who wants something wholly new and never seen before Cornish's imagination will fuel fans for decades to come should they find this book Consider it a little known gem that you'll end up sucked into Amazing stuff Ages 11 and up


Monster Blood Tattoo FoundlingBoy with a girl’s 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 monsters and people who may be worse Learning who to trust and who to fear is n. yeah I gave it 5 stars huh Sort of surprised me toI didn't go into this expecting a 5 star read For a while I was even very annoyed with the main characterRossamünd Bookchild the boy with the girl's name I don't want to spoil the book for anyone especially as I think it's an excellent read really a great read Anyway for a while I was so annoyed with the kid I wanted to slap him up side the head and say thinkBut then I took a deep breathcalmed myself and thought how young is this kid Would I have acted this way had I been in his situation at his age Rossamünd is at first admittedly thick He fails to follow simple direct instructions that would have protected him He falls forwell thingsthat he should have spotted up front He's naïve than seems possible But the I thought about it the it seemed actually plausibleNot only that Rossamünd learns from his mistakes Unlike many YA protagonists he doesn't remain thick and dim in spite of and in the face of experienceThis is a fast moving involving very well written YA novel I recommend it highly It falls into what might be called the coming of age story which usually drives me awaybut I find that if one does draw me in it gets into the running for my favorites shelf We follow Rossamünd Bookchild through a series of adventures to a point in his life where he's at a beginning As a final endorsement I not only recommend it I have already bought the second This is a good book