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Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo, Book One | [D.M. Cornish]

Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo, Book One

Set in the realm of the Half-Continent, a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols, the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy presents 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 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Set in the realm of the Half-Continent, a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols, the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy presents 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 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.

©2006 D.M. Cornish; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"A delightful, refreshing standout in a sea of cookie-cutter fantasy worlds." (School Library Journal)

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    Heather Macomb, MI, USA 12-16-09
    Heather Macomb, MI, USA 12-16-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Foundling - an adventure tale"

    This book is an amazing mixture of Treasure Island, Oliver Twist and Frankenstein, but it's much better than any of those. The Half Continent is a dangerous place and is populated with fascinating characters. Rosamund is a boy cursed with a girl's name, and his adventures as he travels from an orphanage to his first posting in the service of the Emperor will keep you on the edge of your seat. The foreshadowing is masterful. The audiobook is wonderful, I hear something new every time I listen. You really do need the print version as well. Have you ever read an illustrated book where the artist didn't bother to read the story? Well, that's not a problem here. This book started out as an art student's portfolio, and there is also an "Explicarium" to help you keep track of all the new words, people and places you will encounter.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-08-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Really cool fantasy/adventure series"

    It's short (compared to some of my favorites), but what it lacks in size it makes up for in content. The level of detail is perfect, the world and characters are believable, and the story is interesting and fun. This series is definitely targeted for readers younger than myself, but it's one of those that's written well enough to be enjoyed by all. (Examples of other books targeted for younger readers I've enjoyed include the Bartimaeus series, Lord of the Rings, Ender's Game, the Discworld books, the Wheel of Time series, etc.).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brianna Hayfork, CA, United States 05-01-12
    Brianna Hayfork, CA, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2007

    I solemnly swear that I am addicted to stories. Reading stories, watching stories, and hearing stories. They surround me. :-)

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    "D.M. Cornish....A New Star?"

    This review is a long time in coming. I first purchased this audio book on a whim back in 2007. Probably close to the time it first came out. At that time I had no idea who D.M. Cornish was, and had very little idea of what the book was about. I certainly didn't expect the rich and wonderfully detailed world that I found within. Not that I can say I regret it in the least. :-)

    The Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy/series (In the US: The Foundling's Tale), is a classic adventure in many ways. There is an Orphaned boy. He goes on an adventure. Mysterious things happen. His prior views of the world are brought into question. The character grows... But the texture and detail of the world that it takes place in takes a fairly basic (though enjoyable) tale and turns it into something much more. This story has stood the test of time with me. I do not listen to it constantly, but it is a story that I come back to again and again. The trilogy is over, but I cannot wait for this man to write another book.

    As for this particular book in the series, it is a gentle start. It reads as though it was written with children in mind, but for kids that are able to stomach a bit of fighting here and there and even the occasional scary moment. Nothing too horribly graphic in this story, but if you have a sensitive or very young child I suggest listening to it once first.

    The reader has a very pleasant voice. Not too deep, not to high and his accent adds an extra sense of mystique to the story.

    In short, this is a fantastic series that should be on every fantasy and adventure lovers shelf. If you happen to be a child, that's fantastic and I hope your imagination adds even more depth to this already fabulous world, but if you are an adult don't let that scare you away. If you like fantastical tales, adventures, and stories where the main character goes on a quest to ultimately find themselves at the end of it, then this is a good story for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Good Book Lover West Coast 02-19-13
    Good Book Lover West Coast 02-19-13
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    "Harry Potter and Charles Dickens rolled into one!"
    What did you love best about Foundling?

    Very interesting story with great detail on this fantasy world. Reminds me of Harry Potter and Charles Dickens with a little Master and Commander thrown in!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rossamund!


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrater is AWESOME! I thought they had gotten a cast of actors to do this book when I first started listening; but then I realized that this narrater was actually doing all the different characters himself! Humphrey Bower has this wonderful British accent and presents an amazing range of different accents throughout the book. He really makes the story come alive. Would love to read more books with this narrator, hope Audible will offer more books with Humphrey Bower as narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Las Vegas, NV 05-10-12
    Kate Las Vegas, NV 05-10-12 Member Since 2006

    Hardcore audiobook nerd.

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    "There aren't enough stars for this trilogy"

    DM Cornish has created a world so immersive and detailed that all you want is more. He has created his own slang and introduces it throughout each of the three books so expertly. To top of the BRILLIANCE of his story, Humphrey Bower truly gives us one of the most stellar performances that I have ever heard. You will fall in love with Rossamund and all of the other characters that DM Cornish and Humphrey Bower make come alive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Indio, CA, United States 04-13-12
    Claire Indio, CA, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Who Knew!"

    I'm not a fantasy person and this book took me awhile to get into it. No, it is not real, but the story is captivating. The little foundling raised in an orphanage (It's my term, not theirs). What an adventure. I was very captivated and got the next 2 books. OK, I'm in love with the narrator, Humphrey Bower. He can make eating crackers sound exciting. You will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 02-20-14
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I wasn't really expecting a pre-teen book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Burlington, ONTARIO, Canada 03-23-13
    Tony Burlington, ONTARIO, Canada 03-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "THE SET UP"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Macomb, MI, United States 08-28-12
    Heather Macomb, MI, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Boy's Adventure Tale on Steriods"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundling?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Foundling - A Tale of the Half Continent


    Any additional comments?

    Humphrey Bower does an amazing job narrating this story. He has to create a wide variety of voices for non-humans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith A. Merritt Bethlehem, PA 05-14-12
    Judith A. Merritt Bethlehem, PA 05-14-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A lot like Harry Potter"

    Since it has been a long time since Harry Potter it was fun to experience this story. And Humphrey Bower is fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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