Perhaps I would have enjoyed this book when I was 12 or so. This is a story of a teenager's adventure in a land full of monsters. He ventures out alone heading to a far away city where he will train for his first job. Along the encounters pirates, monsters, and a surgericly altered woman who fights monsters.
This book combines elements of Treasure Island, Oliver Twist and Frankenstein. A boy cursed with a girl's name, Rosamund has had a difficult life in the orphanage. It was made bearable by three adult staff members who have taken care of him since the day he was left on the doorstep. He longs for a life at sea, like his hero Master Fransitart, but instead is selected to become an apprentice lamplighter. Foundling tells the story of his travels through an amazing world called the Half Continent, and the many terrifying, bizarre and interesting people he meets along the way. D.M. Cornish has invented whole new languages that sound really familiar. One of my favorite things about this book is the masterful foreshadowing. All the clues are there, if only you pay attention.
Rosamund meets a glammergorn, a small monster, called Freckle, who seems to know all about Rosamund. They have a long conversation, but Rosamund ends up with more questions than answers.
Rosamund meets Mr. Fouracres, a postman. Fouracres is the first person Rosamund has ever met who not only has conversations with monsters, but admits to having them as friends.
Foundling - A Tale of the Half Continent
Humphrey Bower does an amazing job narrating this story. He has to create a wide variety of voices for non-humans.
Since it has been a long time since Harry Potter it was fun to experience this story. And Humphrey Bower is fantastic!
Such a wonderful gem! All 3 books are worth your listening credits, and this, the first book, doesn't disappoint. If you are tired of listening to "my pretty pony/puppy/fairy" with your kids, then this is the book for all of you! D.M. Cornish has created an entirely believable world, populated with utterly believable characters.
It is very obvious from the outset that this novel was written to serve as the set up for the series. As such, It was for me o.k. but as a standalone novel it left me unfulfilled but it had enough good characters and unusual characters that I will listen to the next installment. Humphrey Bower is outstanding as always. I know that it is his job but his ability to do so many characters is truly astounding, you are left with the impression that the narration is done by a cast.
Best: The world is interesting and some of the story, while predictable, was very fun.
Worst: There are so many made up words that there is a definition in every chapter heading.
He failed the XKCD test
I'll be looking for the reader, Humphrey Bower. He was delightful.