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.

Complete with appendices, maps, illustrations, and a glossary, Monster Blood Tattoo grabs readers from the first sentence and immerses them in an entirely original fantasy world with its own language and lore.


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-Booklist, Starred Review


"I felt constantly at the edge of a gasp."

-Tamora Pierce, author of the quartets Song of the Lioness and Circle of Magic


"Meticulously plotted, prodigiously imagined, and richly realized."

-Michael Cart, writer, professor, expert in children's and YA literature


"...A remarkable new world, complete in every detail, totally convincing."

-Lloyd Alexander, Newbery-winning author of The Chronicles of Prydain


"...A delightful, refreshing standout in a sea of cookie-cutter fantasy worlds."

School Library Journal, starred review


"From the pre-industrial English feel to the sprawling setting and backstory, this book feels every bit as substantial as its heft implies."

Publishers Weekly, starred review