Saturday, May 30, 2009

Review: Foundling

Foundling coverTitle: Foundling
Author: D. M. Cornish
Genre: Fiction, YA, Fantasy
Pub Date: September 2007, Penguin Group
Trade paperback, 313 pages


Set in the world of the Half-Continent-a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols-the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy is 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 just 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.

My Thoughts

This was another book I happened upon in a bargain display at Books-A-Million, for a whopping $4. I'm glad I decided to pick it up, since it was a fun read and it turns out it had received great ratings at both and

I'm always a huge fan of books that create a new world and go into it in great detail. D.M. Cornish's world is incredibly imaginative and developed--a great addition to the book is the extensive appendix complete with glossary, diagrams, maps and more. The story is jam-packed with adventure; poor Rossamund found himself in so many dangerous situations throughout the book it was amazing he escaped relatively unscathed. I have to admit, he was at times a little annoyingly naive and innocent, but I know there's a purpose to this characterization, as I'm sure we will see him do a complete transformation in this series.

Cornish's characters are also a work of art--colorful and well-developed, thanks in part to the fact that this story is also very well-written. From Rossamund's friends he meets along his journey to become a lamplighter, to the wide assortment of monsters found on the Half-Continent, the reader gets a vivid picture of what these characters are really like. This truly is an amazing debut novel, and I am looking forward to getting my hands on the second book, Lamplighter.

Another bonus: assorted sketches of characters and monsters sprinkled throughout.

My rating: 5 stars

Other reviews of Foundling:

The Book Muncher ~ Graeme's Fantasy Book Review ~ Neth Space
My Favourite Books ~ Old Bat's Belfry

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  1. Nice review. I'm going to read this this summer so I'm glad a fellow blogger enjoyed it. :)

  2. I'll have to check it out :o) Thanks for the review!!

  3. Grerat review. Love the cover.

  4. Sounds like a fun and adventurous read. What a great cover -- thanks for the review.

  5. Hope you all end up giving it a try, it's a nice debut book! I'm just glad I happened to stumble across it. Well, really my mom did and she was going to put it back but I grabbed it from her to read the back cover, since I really liked the front cover :-)


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