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Foundling: Book One (Monster Blood Tattoo) by D.M. Cornish
Cover Artist: D.M. Cornish
Review by Drew Bittner
Puffin Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780142409138
Date: 06 September 2007 List Price $8.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Imagine a world where humans share the land and seas with monstrous bogles of all shapes and sizes... where valiant skolds and lahzars and lamplighters struggle to protect cities and settlements... and where a foundling boy with a girl's name can seek out his destiny, overcoming dangerous enemies and misfortune along the way.

You need not imagine it; that's the story of Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo #1 by D.M. Cornish. In a setting reminiscent of China Mieville and J.K. Rowling, with a hero who would be familiar to Charles Dickens or Gilbert and Sullivan, Cornish launches an exciting, delightful new young adult series.

From official release/information:

Book Description: 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.

(Source: Puffin)

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