Monster Blood Tattoo #1. Author: D. M. Cornish.
Set in the world of the Half-Continent—a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols—the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy is a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girl’s name, who is just about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monsters—and people, who may be worse. Learning who to trust and who to fear is neither easy nor without its perils, and Rossamund must choose his path carefully. (Published summary.)
Sexual content: None.
Violence: Bully beats up younger boy. Giant is killed by woman. Man is killed by small monsters, woman nearly killed but ends by killing most of them. Boy is kidnapped and tied up.