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Foundling by D.M. Cornish
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This book is phenomenal. The writing is deep and perhaps ridiculously detailed. The characters are fresh and fascinating. And most interestingly, at the center of the series, the lore is extraordinarily detailed. The creation of this fictional world was a massive undertaking, and its author had began to create far before he ever started writing about it through the eyes of the protagonist, the young boy Rossamund, in a cohesive story. Rossamund grows up in an orphanage, with no real known parents. He is bullied and made fun of for his love of reading and lack of athletic ability. These are all typical themes in books and such a summary would appear to set up for a dull cookie-cutter coming of age fantasy Harry Potter repeat. But this is not the case. Rossamund's tale weaves and spins through drastic and fascinating cultures and places, and he meets a variety of bizarre people along the way. This book is very steampunk. If this is a genre of interest for you, I would highly suggest it. Much of the battle is this book is based on odd chemicals. There are ships run by animal organs.

Not only is Cornish a talented writer, but also an illustrator. This book is filled with sketches of characters and places, all of which greatly enhance the experience and add to the oddity and uniqueness of the book. At the back of the book is a massive appendix, for Cornish's own made-up terms, jobs, and weapons, a massive amount of information, the likes of which I haven't seen since the appendices of The Lord of the Rings.
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