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Lamplighter (Monster Blood Tattoo #2)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  3,590 Ratings  ·  241 Reviews
Continuing the absorbing, inventive saga started in Foundling, Lamplighter follows RossamYuml;nd Bookchild, now one of the Emperor's lamplighters, who is sworn to protect travelers from the ferocious bogles that live in the wild. Small and meek, he does not fit in. Then a haughty young female monster hunter is forced upon the lamplighters for training. As RossamYuml;nd beg ...more
ebook, 736 pages
Published September 16th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published May 27th 2007)
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Jan 10, 2008 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 (Back to the Books)
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
Apr 05, 2011 Sue Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2010 J.Elle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tama Wise
Jun 13, 2007 Tama Wise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2008 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
Jul 25, 2008 Eva Mitnick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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
biblionatic! (Tiffany Liu)
Perhaps 4.5
The plot in this book advances greatly, being exciting, intriguing, and startling at the same time. Questions are answered even as more arise.
Our main character Rossamünd may be shy and somewhat predictable, but it all comes from him being such a very honest and loyal fellow. Rarely do we see such a plucky and truly nice boy in a book.
Threnody is quite a mystery, with her mercurial temper and odd antics, but ultimately proves to be another loyal soul.
Europe, though, I absolutely loved
Oct 19, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-my-kids
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!)
Sep 11, 2009 K T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: would-read-again
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Nov 14, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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
Nov 28, 2009 Cherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 22, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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!
Mar 14, 2008 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, teens, series
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.
Oct 23, 2008 R.J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read, this time aloud to my kids. Review to come.
Jul 07, 2014 Morton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
more Cornish magic - love the way these characters are developing. What a great series. Has to be a movie made of this.
Leanne C
Nov 06, 2013 Leanne C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second read - so nice, I've read it twice.
Anne Hamilton
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Jun 01, 2017 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very descriptive, and sometimes confusing book because the author has created and employs new words for many nouns that we use commonly. Remember what is what is challenging, but Mr. Cornish has 1/8th of the book to maps, indexes, pictures and charts to dive deep into Half Continent. Character build and story is good and keeps you wanting to read more. Planning to read the last one to see what becomes of Rasmussen.
Feb 17, 2017 Hal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Lamplighter more then Foundling. I am still not a huge fan of Cornish's style but I am looking forward to the third book.
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
Ryan L
Jan 11, 2017 Ryan L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lamplighter is the second book in the monster blood tattoo trilogy by D.M. Cornish, published on May 1st 2008. It follows along Rossmümund as he trains as a lamplighter. While he was out on the Prentice watch horn-ed nickers attack a carriage, the lamplighters save this carriage and kill the horn-ed nickers. In this carriage is Threnody, the daughter of the lady Vey. Threnody will become the first female lamp lighter. in the book there are many conflicts, but i have narrowed the main conflict d ...more
Jul 27, 2009 Olgy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This book review of LAMPLIGHTER was originally posted to the CCF site. It's re-posted here with permission.
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
Sep 11, 2008 Juushika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: status-borrowed
Following his adventures in >Foundling, Rossamünd is now a lamplighter apprentice, accompanying his fellow Prentices and a new arrival, a haughty young woman, as they learn the tools of their new trade. But all is not well: the number of monster attacks is on the rise, and Rossamünd begins to suspect some nefarious scheming within Wintermill, home of the lamplighters. Unlike Foundling, this book does follow a quest or journey, and the plot is weaker for the lack of direction. A darker, gritti ...more
Mar 27, 2008 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Monster Blood Tattoo series continues with this next installment. Lamplighter is twice as thick as its preceding story, Foundling, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is twice as good.

For those of you who haven’t read the first in the series, main character Rossamünd is a foundling who embarks on an adventure to reach a city called High Vesting in order to begin training as a lamplighter. On this journey, he encounters a wide cast of characters including leers, massacars, lahzars, and even
The events of the second book start almost two months after the first one and, according to the starred review of the Library Journal:

“Book Two of the epic series Monster Blood Tattoo, Lamplighter, promises twice the action and the adventure, twice the fascinating characters and incredible creatures, twice the excitement and entertainment! Enter the world of the Half-Continent, and don’t forget your hat!”

My first thought was: ‘hey, wait, I rated 5 stars for Book One, how can this get any better?
Robin Wiley
This is a very, very special book.

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
(NOTE: Since I think of these books as a whole, I have posted the same review in both Foundling and Lamplighter)

I adore D.M. Cornish's The Foundling's Tale (formerly known as Monster's Blood Tattoo) series, which includes the books Foundling, Lamplighter and Factotum. It has oft-been described as Dickens-like tale of an orphan's through through an 18th-century-like, biopunk world...with monsters.

Biopunk? Think steampunk. But instead of gears, steam, and based on plants, vat-g
May 07, 2011 Shanoon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-the-best
I feel this book renewed my love for fables of adventure, and monsters. I must admit, its sheer size - though I am not one to run and hide from a book of over five hundred pages - taunted me. I admit to having read smaller books and becoming bored, yet with this series, it simply wouldn't allow it. I was captivated by the masterful storytelling (though as having read the first volume, I don't know how I doubted it would be less), and characters. I have to say above all my favourite to be Numps, ...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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Monster Blood Tattoo (3 books)
  • Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo, #1)
  • Factotum (Monster Blood Tattoo, #3)

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