Welcome to the August Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy (CSFF) blog tour! I’m jumping in for the first time this month and our feature will be not any one book, but a favorite book or author shared by each blogger, so be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the post for more CSFF goodness. The key word here is a favorite, since for an avid reader choosing just one favorite book might be akin to choosing one favorite child. So as I considered books from my list of favorites, Foundling by DM Cornish popped out as an excellent one to feature.
Rather than add a formal review to the abundant number already on the web (check the author’s blog sidebar or Amazon, if you are interested in a few), I thought I’d share a bit about what stands out to me now, several months after reading the book— Foundling provides a feast for the imagination in everything from the world to the quirky characters that inhabit it.
Half-Continent, the backdrop for the story, almost becomes a character in itself, it so lives and breathes. Thrust into the midst of this vast land is Rossamünd, a naïve, sheltered orphan who enters the wild and wonderful Half-Continent alongside the reader. Rossamünd dreams of becoming a vinegroon and sailing the Vinegar Seas, despite the risks of an occupation surrounded by liquid so acerbic that it erodes the skin. Instead, he ends up on a journey across land where he encounters monsters of all shapes and sizes, lahzars, who endure the transmogrification process and all its risks for the powers they will gain, leers, who use bio-chemical enhancements to alter their sensory abilities…and so much more.
Even the series name Monster Blood Tattoo hints at the nature of the world we find ourselves in, springing from the Half-Continent custom that those who kill monsters tattoo themselves with the blood of each one they slay. Which leads to one of the pivotal story questions: which are more monstrous, the beasts or humans that inhabit Rossamünd’s world? Journey with him and find out.
For the lavishly creature world alone, the book is worth the read, but it offers much more to provoke the imagination. This first book sets the backdrop for the series, richly painting the world and its inhabitants, inviting us to care for Rossamünd as he begins to experience unfamiliar challenges, and setting the stage for the next books. I’m now waiting impatiently for the release of Factotum (the concluding book of the trilogy), so I can enjoy the final two books back-to-back.
To learn more about the books, drop back in Tuesday for a look at the covers of the many different editions and what they say about the story and Wednesday for a discussion of various Monster Blood Tattoo topics, including what makes the book “Christian.”
Thomas Clayton Booher
Morgan L. Busse
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Rachel Starr Thomson
And one more note: if you’re a fan of Christian Speculative Fiction, you may want to drop by and vote in the Clive Staples Award for your favorites (a prerequisite for voting is that you have read at least two titles in the running).