In the beginning of Monster Blood Tattoo, by D. M. Cornish, a foundling boy who has a girl’s name, Rossamünd, is selected to be a lamplighter, a special soldier who lights and dowses lamps in the hours that monsters and thieves are on the prowl, in a town called High Vesting. However, when Rossamünd boards what he believes to be the ship that will take him to High Vesting, he discovers that he has instead mistakenly boarded a ship that deals in the dark trades! Rossamünd eventually escapes the ship by jumping overboard. When he pulls himself to land, he meets two people in a horse-drawn carriage: Europe, a female fulger (a person who has surgery done to his or her body in order to cast bolts of lightning and wields this power to fight monsters), and Licurius, who is a leer (a person with super-enhanced senses). Rossamünd notices that Europe has a series of X’s tattooed on her arm, inked in the blood of each of the monsters she’s killed. Europe and Licurius agree to take Rossamünd to High Vesting. On the way to High Vesting, Rossamünd watches Europe kill a monster that hadn’t even harmed them. This makes Rossamünd feel bad for the monster, which is illegal because monsters and humans are at war. Later on in the journey, when Europe, Rossamünd, and Licurius are ready to rest for the night, they are awakened by a sound in a nearby thicket. Licurius goes to investigate and monsters leap from the bush and kill him. Europe tries to fight them but her body spasms and she cannot summon her bolts of electricity. Rossamünd barely manages to save her by throwing some monster repellant at the creatures. Now that their driver, Licurius, is dead, how will Europe and Rossamünd reach High Vesting? Read Monster Blood Tattoo to find out!
I LOVED Monster Blood Tattoo! The whole time I was reading it, I was wishing I could write a book just like it! The author used really good details and described things well. The book also has an “explicarium,” which includes a helpful glossary of terms and appendices that have maps, drawings, and other useful things that help the reader understand details of the story. I’m sure this book will be a best seller. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy books. I would also recommend it to anyone who has read The Edge Chronicles.
Rating (0 - 10 scale): 10
Reviewer Age: 12
Reviewer City, State and Country: Saugerties, NY