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Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo, Book 1) (original 2006; edition 2007)

by D.M. Cornish

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Title:Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo, Book 1)
Authors:D.M. Cornish
Info:Speak (2007), Paperback, 448 pages
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Foundling by D. M. Cornish (2006)


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I have a confession to make. This book has been sitting on my shelf for years. I've picked it up and put it down before. Twice. It was in my donation pile for a while until I friend who had read it begged me to pull it out and give it another go.

I'm glad I was convinced.

The opening of Foundling is slow and cliched, let's just get that out of the way. The reason I didn't succeed with this book in previous attempts is the horribly cliched opening. Spoiler: it got better.

Once I'd pushed through the opening and realised I didn't need to consult the extensive glossary at the back of the edition I read to understand what was going on this book was a rare thing. It's original! The world and the magic are very cool and very different. The play on morality that went throughout was really well-done, too, I loved seeing the shades of grey through Rossamund's eyes.

While nothing seemed to *happen* in this book I don't think it lacked for it. Some books need a plot and double-crosses and a driving pace to keep everything hanging together, this book didn't. It was a beautifully easy to read, fascinating introduction to the world, the magic and the concepts Cornish is playing with in this series.

I'm fascinated as to where he's going with it and expect to be thoroughly rewarded with an excellent opening up of the sort of dark can of worms that only really good fantasy can pull off. ( )
  heaven_star | Oct 20, 2014 |
Full review: http://tenaciousreader.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/foundling-by-d-m-cornish/

Pretty much, not sure why I gave this book 2 whole stars. It's a gigantic info dump, a character that acts and is treated like a child much younger than I think he was actually supposed to be. It's message is as subtle as a billy club to the face. The concept was the only thing about this book that worked for me. ( )
  tenaciousreader | May 24, 2014 |
I liked the world-building in Foundling best of all. Unfortunately the characters and plotting did not live up to its high standard. I'm still interested in the next book in the series in the hopes the characters will improve and the world remain equally interesting. ( )
  thermopyle | Dec 13, 2013 |
Rossamund - a boy - has an unfortunate name. When he is recruited to be a lamplighter, he begins an adventure in reaching the lamplighters facility. Full of adventure and magic this was a fun audio book. ( )
  hoosgracie | Jul 23, 2013 |
Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl's name, Rossamund sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter - a soldier who protects the empire's roads from all evil. He has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he imagined. I really enjoyed the characters and their relationships amongst each other. I've seen it compared to Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, and I have to agree. ( )
  SparklePonies | Apr 22, 2013 |
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foundling (noun) also wastrel. Stray people, usually children, found without a home or shelter on the streets of cities or even, amazingly, wandering exposed in the wilds. The usual destinations for such orphaned children are workhouses, mills, or the mines, although a fortunate few may find their way to a foundlingery. Such a place can care for a small number of foundlings and wastrels, fitting them for a more productive life and sparing them the agonies of harder labor.
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Rossamünd was a boy with a girl's name.
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Rossamünd, a young boy with a girl’s name, has never known his parents, and has lived his entire life at Madame Opera’s Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls, shielded from the horrors of the outside world. When he comes of age, however, a mysterious leer named Mr Sebastipole offers him a job as a lamplighter along the monster-fraught Wormway, far to the south. With his trusty almanac to guide him, Rossamünd must journey to High Vesting in the state of Brandenbrass, down the black waters of the Humour river, led by mysterious and sinister companions that are more often foe than friend. The outside world is a terrible, dangerous place for a young Foundling boy.
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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.

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Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl's name, Rossamünd sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought.… (more)

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