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Trembling, and ignoring the dead bogles, Rossamünd crept closer to the fallen fulgar. His heart teetered on the brink of complete terror at the thought of being left alone in this malignant place. As he neared her, he bent lower and ever lower, trying to see her face, trying to gain some hopeful hint of her condition. She lay twisted, limbs carelessly poking every which way, long hair a wispy mess obscuring her whole head. Holding back for just a moment, he knelt beside her and gingerly poked some of her chestnut locks away from her throat, cheek and brow. She was deathly pale.

Grinnling cries in the distance.

Rossamünd scurried to the landaulet, took the lantern and dashed back to where the fulgar lay. He knelt and looked to see if she was still alive, wanting to weep but holding it in- he had cried enough on this journey. Blood was running from Europe's nose. There were nasty bites upon her neck where the proofing did not cover. Breaths did come: short, shallow puffing. She lived!

Rossamünd leaned closer and whispered, "Miss . . . ! Miss . . . Miss Europe . . . !"

The fulgar's lashes fluttered and slowly parted, her vision clearly swimming. They shut again and it seemed she might slip into insensibility. Rossamünd pressed twice, sharply, on her shoulder, not wanting her to pass out. She groaned and shifted, opening her eyes again to peer at him.

With a gasp, Europe pushed herself up on her arms and sat, head lolling, hair drooping. "What happened?" she panted.

Rossamünd sat back. "You won . . . you beat them all."

She looked about, blinking heavily. Her eyes were streaming with ash-colored tears.

Rossamünd winced. He had hit her with the bothersalts too.

After a long pause and a deep sigh, she whispered, "Good . . . They were . . . difficult." Sitting up straighter, she flexed her shoulders and rolled her head about, grunting and grimacing. "My organs have spasmed," she breathed cryptically. "Not the best time for it, at all . . . I thought I was done for." Pausing for a rattling wheeze of air, she muttered, "Never advisable to . . . start a fight . . . when one is missing a . . . a dose of treacle."

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Jena, November 22, 2009 (view all comments by Jena)
The story is pretty familiar: peer-ridiculed orphan (with a girl's name) finds himself in unexpected situations and eventually discovers that he has a destiny (which may or may not involve a prophecy). The beginning is a bit slow, but by the time the main character boards what readers will recognize as the wrong ship, you know everyone's in for one heck of a ride. Cornish creates an elaborate steampunk-style world that readers will just be settling into when they get to the end of book #1 (which is only about 2/3 of the book--the last 1/3 is comprised of appendices). You might want to have book #2 on hand when you get there.
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Cornish, D. M.
Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Children s All Ages - Literature
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
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Trade paper
Monster Blood Tattoo
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Publication Date:
May 18, 2006
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from 7
8.04x5.48x1.41 in. 1.09 lbs.
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Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo Book One (Monster Blood Tattoo #01) Used Hardcover
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Product details 448 pages Putnam Publishing Group - English 9780399246388 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

In a world inhabited by monsters and the super-powered humans who hunt them, an young boy comes of age. Not only is the setting as well-crafted as anything by Tolkien or Rowling, but the illustrations that go along with this gripping and sometimes scary story are not to be missed.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Highly ambitious, Cornish's fantasy debut boasts a glossary/appendix alone that is more than 100 pages long — and it makes for nearly as fascinating reading as the story itself. Rossamnd Bookchild ('a boy with a girl's name'), is an orphan living at Madam Opera's Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls, where instructors groom the orphans to serve in the Boschenberg Navy and other agencies. One day a stranger with odd eyes arrives ('What should have been white was blood red, and his irises were the palest, most piercing blue.... a leer!') and hires Rossamnd as a 'lamplighter' for the Emperor. (The boy identifies a leer as a tracker of men and monsters; the glossary offers further chilling details.) En route to his new job, he is misled into boarding a doomed boat, and winds up alone in a world where humans and monsters wage constant war. When a human kills a monster, he gets a 'monster-blood tattoo,' made from the beast's blood and bearing its likeness. Rossamnd's action-packed road story serves chiefly to build and populate Cornish's remarkable new world, the Half-Continent. Its roots were planted in a series of illustrated notebooks the author began while attending art school. His drawings endow both humans and monsters with personality, and detailed maps plus a 16-month calendar year add to readers' sense that this milieu has existed for centuries. From the pre-industrial English feel to the sprawling setting and backstory, this book feels every bit as substantial as its heft implies. Ages 10-up. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Cornish gives the Dickensian orphan story an original spin....At the close, the protagonist is poised for his next adventure, with enough secrets, promises, and mystery to create impatient demand."
"Review" by , "This epic fantasy...flounders under cluttered writing....Fine story and universe, but overblown, especially the 100-page glossary and largely unnecessary appendices."
"Review" by , "The vast amount of creativity poured into the first part of this series is evident in the 100 plus pages of illustrations, definitions, and appendices. Certainly Rossamund's further adventures will be worth reading."
"Synopsis" by ,
Meet Rossamünd?a foundling, a boy with a girl?s name who is about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor of the Half-Continent. What starts as a simple journey becomes a dangerous and complicated set of battles and decisions. Humans, monsters, unearthly creatures . . . who among these can Rossamünd trust? D. M. Cornish has created an entirely original world, grounded in his own deft, classically influenced illustrations. Foundling is a magic-laced, Dickensian adventure that will transport the reader.

"Synopsis" by , The orphan Rossamnd--a boy with a girl's name--begins his journey through theperilous Half-Continent where the human race lives in perpetual conflict withmonsters of every shape and description. G.P. Putnam's Sons
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