Lamplighter by D.M. Cornish
(Monster Blood Tattoo, Book 2)

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Rossamünd Bookchild is finally becoming a lamplighter. Sworn into the Emperor's service, his duty is to light the lamps along the Emperor's highways, and protect all 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 ever has - always too small and too meek, his loneliness continues no matter how hard he tries to succeed. But when a haughty young girl, a member of a suspiciously-regarded society of all-women teratologists is forced upon the lamplighters for training, Rossamünd might no longer be the most despised soul around.

About D.M. Cornish

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D. M. Cornish began the work for Monster Blood Tattoo in 1993 while an art student. He filled nearly two dozen notebooks with sketches and notes before he began writing. The author lives in Adelaide, Australia.
Published May 1, 2008 by Putnam Juvenile. 736 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Cornish again buries a likable protagonist and perfectly viable plot under a mountain of obscure words and pretentious prose in this overweight sequel (Foundling, 2006).

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As he is not a very good shot, Rossamund must rely heavily on his supply of potives (chemical creations for both defensive and offense purposes) to help him and his companions survive the dangerous life of lamplighters.

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The Bookbag

Don't read Lamplighter first though - it spends a lot of time referring back to events in the first book and you'll become hopelessly lost.

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Even the surprise revelation at the end of the book was easy to see by anyone who was paying attention during the first book.

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