Lamplighter (Monster Blood Tattoo #2)
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...more
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 ...more
The main character has about as much personality as soggy white toast, but fortunatel ...more
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!) ...more
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 ...more
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!
This is one of the most satisfying spec-fic series I've ever read - the level of detail is astronomical, mind-boggling and amazing.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I think it's great that Cornish has given enough thought to ...more
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 ...more
However aside from that you again had a large wonderful world and secrets unfolding only to make ...more
For those of you always looking for something to fill the Harry Potter hole, this blows everything else away - completely.
Our hero, Rossamund, is now a Lamplighter in training. Lamplighters are a branch of the military whose job it is to light the Emperor's highways, and help keep traveler's safe.
The fortress where he lives and trains, is as large and mysterious as Hogwarts ever was. Although there is no magic, there is Alchemy EVERYWHERE, large and small, help ...more
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 ...more