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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,329 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: D. M. Cornish Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Monster Blood Tattoo Series Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9780739355800
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Growing up at Madam Opera’s Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls, Rossamünd Bookchild–a boy with an unfortunate name–has led a life sheltered from the dangers of the world. But this all changes the day the man with the strange red-and-pale-blue eyes recruits him into the service of the Emperor. Rossamünd has been drafted into the ranks of the Half-Continent’s “lamplighters”–soldiers who protect the empire’s roads from all evil.
Now Rossamünd must begin the journey of his life, traveling the Half-Continent, a world full of people who can be as predatory as any monster he can imagine. And when he falls in with the mysterious and talented Europe, who can shoot electricity out of her body and call lightning down from the sky, he learns that some people can truly be lethal.... Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 1/29/2014

    " yuck, school book club book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Taylor | 1/26/2014

    " I read this a couple of years ago, and I really enjoyed it. It is about an orphan who is apprenticed to be a lamp lighter, but on his way there discovers he may have a talent for monster fighting. I thought this was a really good book, and a fun story boys from 10 on up would like. I started the second book but somehow it got lost in the many books I get tangled in. I need to try it again because I know it will be a fun continuation of the foundling's adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae H | 12/17/2013

    " I liked this book. It was a freebie book I got this past July at San Diego Comic-con. Interesting characters, original world... just really cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy victoria | 12/10/2013

    " it was really good but ended rather suddenly, diffrent to read though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb | 12/7/2013

    " This book is phenomenal. The writing is deep and perhaps ridiculously detailed. The characters are fresh and fascinating. And most interestingly, at the center of the series, the lore is extraordinarily detailed. The creation of this fictional world was a massive undertaking, and its author had began to create far before he ever started writing about it through the eyes of the protagonist, the young boy Rossamund, in a cohesive story. Rossamund grows up in an orphanage, with no real known parents. He is bullied and made fun of for his love of reading and lack of athletic ability. These are all typical themes in books and such a summary would appear to set up for a dull cookie-cutter coming of age fantasy Harry Potter repeat. But this is not the case. Rossamund's tale weaves and spins through drastic and fascinating cultures and places, and he meets a variety of bizarre people along the way. This book is very steampunk. If this is a genre of interest for you, I would highly suggest it. Much of the battle is this book is based on odd chemicals. There are ships run by animal organs. Not only is Cornish a talented writer, but also an illustrator. This book is filled with sketches of characters and places, all of which greatly enhance the experience and add to the oddity and uniqueness of the book. At the back of the book is a massive appendix, for Cornish's own made-up terms, jobs, and weapons, a massive amount of information, the likes of which I haven't seen since the appendices of The Lord of the Rings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zeeshan | 12/6/2013

    " Awesome book. loved the story... however some of the parts seemed hurried. looking forward to read the remaining books of the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hayley | 12/5/2013

    " I really disliked this book, I think this is mainly because I was young when I read it, and I hadn't had read a large range of books, but nevertheless the book was extremely hard to understand and there were too many different things you had to know to keep up with it all. Very confusing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Nembhard | 12/3/2013

    " It is a really good read. I recommend this for people of all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ema | 11/29/2013

    " Starts off a bit slow, very long winded. Not that into it yet.... I hope it gets better as it progresses or I'll just return it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Abernathy | 11/27/2013

    " Young Adult fantasy/horror, with plenty of violence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deana | 11/17/2013

    " The illustrations are wonderfully done, this would have made an excellent graphic novel. The author/ illustrator clearly spent a great deal of time world building. It is extraordinary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Keyes | 11/12/2013

    " If you like Harry Potter, give this a try. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorrie | 5/15/2013

    " It was tolerable, though the diction was a bit overblown, if you ask me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia | 3/15/2013

    " Monster Blood Tattoo creates an interesting world that still suffers a bit from "first-book" syndrome: not enough happens in this first installment! However, it's great to see such an original fantastic realm--home to monsters that are more of the under the bed variety than dragons and elves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/5/2012

    " wonderful narrator! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/4/2012

    " Recommended to me by a local YA editor and bookseller. Story of Rossamund Bookchild, an orphan struggling to reach his new post as a lamplighter through a world lousy with monsters and monster-fighters. The level of detail devoted to the creatures, occupations, objects, and lexicon is delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 7/26/2012

    " Pitched more at the younger crowd, nevertheless I enjoyed the story and will continue on with the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 2/11/2012

    " Formulaic but fun kid's adventure story. Well imagined alternate universe. complete with maps & dictionary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 CharlieBell515 | 10/25/2011

    " I wasn't a big fan of this book, just ask Kelly Cotton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam B. | 6/8/2011

    " I'm very interested to see where this series goes. It's a cool world with complex, believable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 4/30/2011

    " First in a remarkable new series set in the "half continent". While in some ways this reads very much like juvenile fiction, the world-making is remarkably complex and the story pulls you in. A real page-turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KJ | 4/25/2011

    " A fun fantasy read for insomnia nights but Cornish way overexplains the world s/he's created. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 4/6/2011

    " I thought it was great i liked it more for the world that the author created than for the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/6/2011

    " it was okay. Not as much action as the cover would make you believe. It wasn't a book that I couldn't put down, and I love those types of books best. But, it was a well written book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/24/2011

    " I liked this book because it had a lot of unexpected twists and turns. The story ended suddenly with lots of pages left. When I checked the extra pages, I realized the author had put in a dictionary of the new words in her book. That probably would have been helpful as I was reading the story... "

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About the Author

D. M. Cornish is from Adelaide, South Australia. He is the author of the Monster Blood Tattoo series for young adults.

About the Narrator

Humphrey Bower, winner of multiple Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, is a writer, actor, and director. He earned his BA in English literature from Oxford University and has worked extensively in theater, and television. He was a founding member of the Melbourne collective Whistling in the Theatre and the Perth independent company Last Seen Imagining. He is the artistic director of Night Train Productions.