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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

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

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  • Bob-o
  • CHARLESTON, SC, United States
  • 02-20-14

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.

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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.

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So many made up words!

What did you like best about Foundling? What did you like least?

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.

What was most disappointing about D.M. Cornish’s story?

He failed the XKCD test

Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

Europe

Any additional comments?

I'll be looking for the reader, Humphrey Bower. He was delightful.

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