Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Lamplighter by D.M. Cornish

“Lamplighter” is the second book in the Monster Blood Tattoo series. It begins were the first book “Foundling” left off, with Rossamund beginning his training as an apprentice Lamplighter. “Foundling” tells of Rossamund’s life at Madam Opera’s Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls, until a strange man comes and recruits him into the service of the Emperor. The rest of the story tells of Rossamunds adventures journey to Winstermill to become an apprentice lamplighter.

Lamplighter is an adventure filled novel full of mystery and suspense with many unexpected twist and turns. Shortly after the start of the story we are launched into action as the apprentice lamplighters help to fight off a monster to save a group of calendars. After this fight Rossamund meets Threnody who is to become the first girl lamplighter apprentice and one of Rossamunds friends. Mysterious things to begin to happen in Winstermill and soon Rossamund goes off to his appointed place to be an official lamplighter.

Through out the story Cornish introduces new characters into Rossamunds life as well as keeping old characters/friends around. At some points as I was reading it was slightly hard to keep up with all of the characters and the different terminology that Cornish introduces in this book. However, Cornish did do a good job at describing everything in the story. This book is quiet large in size but I think that it is worth the read.

I really enjoyed this story as I read the book I felt as if I was part of this new world that Cornish has created. Rossamund is a such a likable character that you can’t help but be drawn to him and all that he says and believes. The illustration in this novel was amazing, I'm really glad that Cornish provided a picture for each character it helped me to identify with the character. “Lamplighter” reminded me of some very great books such as “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia,” anyone who enjoyed these novels are sure to enjoy the “Monster Blood Tattoo” series.

Lamplighter is to be released in April of 2008. I suggest that anyone who hasn’t already read “Foundling” go pick it up and prepare for the release of “Lamplighter”

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