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Lamplighter (Monster Blood Tattoo #2)

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The eagerly awaited second book of the critically acclaimed trilogy!

Orphan Rossamund Bookchild has been sworn into the Emperor's service his duty is to light the lamps along the Emperor's highways and protect travelers from the ferocious bogles that live in the wild. But he's found it no easier to fit in with the lamplighters than he did with the foundlings always too sma

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Hardcover, 702 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by G. P. Putnam's Sons (first published May 27th 2007)
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Betsy
You can like the first book in a new fantasy series. You can love a first book in a new fantasy series. You can compare that book to the works and worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien or Philip Pullman, if you’ve half a mind to do so. But no matter how much you love a book, when you see that its sequel is a whopping 711 pages long you may find yourself somewhat reluctant to pick it up. I’m a busy reviewer. I get sent a lot of books to read and I’m only able to review a tiny portion of them. If a book is 7 ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This took a long time to finish because I was listening to this at night before bed and I would often fall asleep and have to rewind it the next night! I finally finished it early this morning. While I didn't like this one quite as much as the first book or the last (I had to read book 3 a few months ago for review), it was still a good read, and I was drawn into the world of our intrepid young hero. I just love Rossamünd. He's like my honorary little boy. Just a sweet kid. When he hurt, I hurt, ...more
Sue Smith
What a great story! This book is the second in the series 'Monster Blood Tattoo' and it brings us into the second phase of the lead character's life - Rosamund Bookchild - as he begins his apprenticeship into the life of a lamplighter. It really does help if you haven't put too much time inbetween the first book and this, as the world that D. M. Cornish has created -although tantilizingly familiar - is completely topsie turvey and he writes it with such conviction that it exists that you really ...more
Tama Wise
Heck, what can I say about a book that has made me excited about reading again? Waiting eagerly for the next installment like a young child? There's just something very magical about this series, and this book has only continued that, broadening the world and making the story only more deep and disturbing.

Following orphan Rossamund as he becomes a Lamplighter in the Most Serene Emperors service, it quickly becomes more apparent than the first book that something is truly rotten in the world. The
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Miffy
It is hard to describe just how wonderful the Monster Blood Tattoo series is. To say that the writing is meticulous, the world-building immaculate, the prose beautiful, the language sublime, is to damn it with faint praise.
This is one of the most satisfying spec-fic series I've ever read - the level of detail is astronomical, mind-boggling and amazing.
Eva Mitnick
Lamplighter by D.M. Cornish (Putnam, 2008) is, like its predecessor Foundling (Putnam, 2007), a dark and dense pleasure indeed. Young Rossamund has begun his prenticeship as an Emperor’s Lamplighter at the labyrinthine stronghold Winstermill and begins to adapt to the rigorous schedule. Rossamund has a remarkable talent for finding and befriending the gems among some truly rough characters, and these friends come in very handy as a sinister hidden plot results in Winstermill being controlled by ...more
Jen
The concept and overall story are quite good, but the continual barrage of made-up words is tiresome. The glossary at the end is nearly 1/5 of the hefty-sized novel, and that's not even comprehensive - all the words I looked up were not included. It feels like reading a book in a foreign language that you only took a few years of back in high school; you're left to guess at most noun's meanings by context alone.

The main character has about as much personality as soggy white toast, but fortunatel
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J.Elle
When a book has somewhere close to 100 pages of an appendix with definitions and explanations of terms and things found in the book, I draw the line. Thumbs-up D.M. Cornish for creating an amazing new world. Thumbs-down for making it nearly impossible to understand unless I devote serious, and I mean SERIOUS, time to reading that cumbersome appendix (which I refuse to do). Which then means, I am half confused for a good three-quarters of the book. (And COME ON, is anyone DYING to know all about ...more
Michelle
The sequel does not disappoint and in fact tops aspect of the first Monster Blood Tattoo book as it develops a rich cast of characters and builds a sturdier world and intriguing plot in which to inhabit than the first. (Although you can see from my comments on the Book 1, I was enthralled with the depth of the Half-Continent!)

Skipping the summary/any spoilers of the book, I will say that the action in the book (theroscades!), intrigue (the plot thickens!), colorful characters (black-eyed wits!)
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K T
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April
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as I did the first but still a solid tale.

The story takes up directly where the first book leaves off and gives us some new characters to be interested in with a couple of the old ones still around. Again, each chapter begins with the definition of a new word. One of the things I like about this story is the careful consideration Cornish has put into worldbuilding. The clothes and buildings and characters are all very evocative and are helped along by the au
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Amy
I really like this series so far; this book in particular was full of wonder and wonderful characters. Highly recommended--and I'm saving my full five stars to see how book three ends.

This series would be of particular interest to those of you fascinated with world- and lore-building. He's all about the details, as you will see in the appendices!
Theresa
Had to read the first book again to remember the story. I didn't really get into this one until after I had read about 100 pages. After the first 100 pages I couldn't put it down. The only thing that is a little distracting is that the last 200 pages are a glossary that keeps referring you to the first book's glossary.
Cherry
This books is the second in the Monster Blood Tattoo series which takes place in an intricately created world. How many books have you read that include an "Explicarium, Being a Glossary of Terms & Explanations Including Appendices" of over 100 pages. The characters are extremely interesting, too.
Stephanie
The first book in this series, Foundling, left me bemused but intrigued. It was terrifying and rather dark but ostensibly for middle-grade aged children. I wasn’t particularly anxious to jump into book two in the series but while it was still fresh in my mind I picked it up at the library and I’m so glad I did. Somewhere in the middle of Lamplighter my vague interest in this series turned into true love. I feel like now I get it. I get the Half Continent and the world D.M. Cornish has created in ...more
Jesse Lehrer
Very different from the first book in structure. My complaint with the first was that it was too short and there wasn't enough down time in the plot. This one was too long and not enough action! Agh. It's more of a 3.5, but that's cuz the ending really starts to pick up.

Great characters still, interesting plot, fun read. I think the first book is better, but this one is so different it's hard to compare. I just hope there are less fictional words in the next book because, I know, I get it, autho
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay, this is a good series. This one took a little while to get going but does get a second breath and take off.

I think maybe "back in the day" ...when a lengthy series was a trilogy... we might have said it was suffering from "second book syndrome". I don't know how many of you recall that term but it meant that in a trilogy often the second volume would have a long period of plot exposition and story building this becoming much slower than the first of final (climactic) volume. Here our story
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Francesco
Vote: 4,00
Class: L-A3

(second book of the Monster Blood Tattoo Trilogy. The story goes on in the next book)

I've enjoyed this first book while finding it too much of a children book (and sometimes outright... childish!): this second book is more dark and adult, the characters grow and the story becomes more powerful and intriguing. Let's wait till the final book but I'm becoming more and more a fan of this series.

The magical world (3,75) is well built and the author has spent great effort in build
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Anne Hamilton
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Ollie
Rossamund finally begins his apprenticeship as a lamplighter. His job requires that the lamplighters venture out daily to light and extinguish highway lamps. Tension mount as monster attacks begin to occur more frequently, the admittance of the first female lamplighter apprentice, the increase of strange events and the discovery of mysterious secrets. There are monsters everywhere, lamplighters are also fighters, killing every bugaboo, bogle and nicker in sight. Rossamund secretly challenges soc ...more
Shari  Mulluane
There is plenty to love about this book and the series so far. Aside a vivid world, even pacing, and an easy to follow single PoV there are great illustrations, done by D.M. Cornish, sprinkled throughout the book and an extensive glossary (110 pages) in the back in case you lose track of all the unusual terminology. There are also some things that concern me given the recommended reading age of 12+. Some readers (by no means all) are going to be put off by the extensive world building. Most of t ...more
Olgy
This book review of LAMPLIGHTER was originally posted to the CCF site. It's re-posted here with permission.
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The second book in D.M. Cornish's Monster Blood Tattoo series, Lamplighter, is as engrossing as book one and should grab middle grade students' attention just as much. [ISBN: 978-0399246395; Putnam Juvenile; May 1, 2008; Ages 9-12]

Lamplighter has enough adventure-filled pages to keep boys interested in reading it. With the addition of Threnody to the cast, girls will also f
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Bonanza Jellybn
These two books (Foundling & Lamplighter) have been the most fulfilling, unfulfilling stories I've consumed in quite some time! (That being written with sincerest of compliment intended.)

These may be dark for small children, and most assuredly too imaginatively detailed for those little ones. In the sense that it takes place in parallel, aged world similar to our own in history, but not... and the author introduces each chapter with definitions of words/things that exist only in this place.
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Jim
Wow. This sequel starts out a bit more violent.

I liked this second book in this trilogy better than the first ( Foundling ). I don't know if it's because the writer had more experience, or I was more invested in the characters, but I was more into it.

One of the things I like about the main character is that he shows good qualities like bravery, persistence, and kindness - similar to characters in other popular series, for example, Katniss or Harry Potter. But unlike many other current characters
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Janette
I loved the first book in this series, Monster Blood Tattoo, so I was eager to read Lamplighter and see if my theories about the main character were right. (I'm pretty sure they were--but I still don't know yet. I guess I'll have to read book three to see for certain.)

Rossamund is a very likable character as is Europe, the monster slayer. I enjoyed seeing these two characters again and spending more time with them. I didn't like the other main character/sidekick in this book, Threnody, but I don
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Kendrawesome
I have to say, I really enjoy the world that Cornish has created--a dark fantasy land sorta merged with 18th-century contrivances (guns, lamps, etc.). It's most akin to the Abhorsen series (Garth Nix), except set 200 years earlier--what with the constant threat of monsters (instead of the undead) but replete with magic. Except in this tale, the magic is pretty much all a surgical enhancement--sorta gives it a steampunk or cyberpunk vibe.

I think it's great that Cornish has given enough thought to
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Iowa City Public Library
I’m love-love-loving this Young Adult fantasy series even though this second book was gigantic (715 pages). A great high-fantasy tale with a gripping plot and characters that are more than just Harry Potter -slash- Tolkien spinoffs. Lamplighter two finds bookish Rossamund beginning his apprenticeship lighting the lamps that keep the Emperor’s highways somewhat safe from roaming bands of monsters (bogles). He’s joined in this new book by a headstrong girl and meets up with old friends from the fi ...more
Midelin Stare
Incredible... Before I begin spouting nonsense words of praise destined to undercut the marvel (see it's already begun), allow me to frame it. I am fed up with worldliness. I am in the middle of exams and still couldn't put the (weighty) tome down. I'm seeking gore and unenthused by simple relations between characters. My, was it satisfying.

Cornish is as complex as his characters. The final plot led me to reminisce of detective novels, despite this he flourished. The description of his fabricate
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Michelle
So, from the first book right to the second I jumped in expecting wonders; and got something I was not all together pleased about. The fun added words in the first book grew and though it was not hard to pick them up it came at times; bothersome as you needed to look into the pages to recall what something meant. It got to the point I felt it was breaking on another language all together then English.

However aside from that you again had a large wonderful world and secrets unfolding only to make
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Caleb
This book was amazing. In many ways slightly superior to its predecessor, Lamplighter boasts a vast of array of fascinating character and twisting and turning plot that refuses to stop even up until the last page. Unfortunately, many of the book's own questions are left unanswered, but young Rossamund's confusing journey through 602 pages is fascinating nonetheless. The author is both an extremely talented writer and artist. His book is filled with nonstop descriptions, especially those of his o ...more
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D. M. Cornish (born 1972) is a fantasy author and illustrator from Adelaide, South Australia. His first book is Foundling, the first part of the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy. The second book named Lamplighter was released in May 2008. The third in the series is yet to be named.

D.M. Cornish was born in time to see the first Star Wars movie. He was five. It made him realize that worlds beyond his ow
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More about D.M. Cornish...
Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo, #1) Factotum (Monster Blood Tattoo, #3) Tales from the Half-Continent (Monster Blood Tattoo, #3.5) Orfanul (Tatuaj cu sange de monstru, #1) Monsterblood Tattoo #1: Foundling

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