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.
This was a fun adventure read that would be great for young boys. It is full of adventure and monsters, features no romance, and has a young boy as the main character. Rossamund is gentle and likeable. Unlike most boy heroes, he is not brash, bold and confident. Instead, he is cautious, scared and nervous about his adventures. He is easy to believe, and even easier to cheer for.
I listened to the audiobook version, and would highly recommend it. The narrator, Humphrey Bower, was exciting and easy to listen to. His pronounciation of the intricate names and terms was smooth and way better than I would do reading the book.
I would definitely recommend this book to young boys, especially as an introduction to audiobooks. The intricate terms may be a bit difficult for young readers, but the adventure and fun story will appeal to then, I’m sure.
Challenges read for:
2012 Audio Book Challenge
Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012