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D.M. Cornish

D.M. Cornish(1972- )
D.M. Cornish is also an illustrator. There are Monster Blood Tattoo trailers and audio excerpts at D.M. Cornish‘s website.

Monster Blood Tattoo (Foundling’s Tale)

Monster Blood Tattoo (Foundling’s Tale) — (2007-2010) Young adult. Publisher: 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 Rossamund, a boy 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 neither easy nor without its perils, and Rossamund must choose his path carefully. Complete with appendices, maps, illustrations, and a glossary, Monster Blood Tattoo grabs readers from the first sentence and immerses them in an entirely original fantasy world with its own language and lore.

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Foundling: Rich characterization, excellent world-building

Foundling by D.M. Cornish

Contrary to its daunting size, Foundling is a fun story about a boy with a girl’s name. Rossamund is a Bookchild, meaning he was raised as an orphan, and the only record of his existence is recorded in the book of names at the orphanage. Rossamund is an older child at the orphanage, as he has not yet been chosen to go out into the world and work for whoever chooses him. When he is finally called upon, he is a little downhearted to hear that he is to be a lamplighter. A lamplighter, as the name implies, lights the lamps that run down either side of the busy streets to keep monsters at bay. Rossamund does not think this is a very exciting occupation, and he certainly doesn’t expect the getting there to be the real adventure.

The beautifully detailed maps, the rich characterization, and the sheer complexity of the world Mr. Cornish has created show that he has put much time, eff... Read More