Cornish, D. M.

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl's name, Rossamünd sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought. Includes glossaries and maps.

Publisher: New York : Speak, 2007
ISBN: 0142409138
Branch Call Number: YA CORNISH
Characteristics: xii, 434 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm


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Nov 22, 2013

Monster Blood Tattoo, book 1

Jul 02, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

My only criticism of this book is that the Explicarium might have been better off as a separate companion book to each installation of the trilogy since it makes for an even longer read. That being said, there are several humourous entries that may have been missed were it published apart from the novel. Very imaginative world, great characters, good pacing and plot elements. Highly enjoyable and entertaining. Would recommend this to anyone who also liked Chronicles of Narnia, Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, Lord of the Rings, etc.

Dec 21, 2012
  • anthroprof rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't get it. This series is incredible. I started to read to my children then had to keep going on my own...faster. Rosamund...a boy is such a good character innocent and brave, his nature endears him to other strong characters though not so "good". There are three books in the series and this library has two books and one audio. The story line takes place in what is very similar to 19th century per industrial England, however, clothes and monsters are not so English. A truly enjoyable series and I really really wish it went on, and on, and on...

Aug 09, 2012

I found this book super enjoyable, but decided not to read the second in hopes of pursing novels more 'my style'.

Jun 23, 2012

very intresting for a first book. i liked the concepts of this new world he sets his story in. this book is trilogy, first was the best second was okay and i did not like the third. this book by far was the best book in the trilogy

Mar 27, 2012

Excellent Book although the words used might be confusing to some, there is always the appendix in the back.

Oct 13, 2011
  • old_aggie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the first book in a delightful trilogy - very creative! The other reviewer is correct: it is not a horror book ... it actually reminds me of The Lord of the Rings, but much shorter. It's on the Young Adult shelves, but anyone from middle school up who likes fantasy will enjoy the book. The author is actually a graphic artist, and his illustrations are an extra treat. But be careful when reading the appendix (called an "Explicarium") as it contains spoilers for the whole series. Highly recommended!

Feb 11, 2011
  • Triple_M rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A must read. Very original, very interesting. From the title you might think it's a scary book, but it's not that at all. It's an adventure book, and boy does it deliver.


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Jun 02, 2012
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Feb 11, 2011
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