The Foundling's Tale, Part Three: Factotum [NOOK Book]

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Rossamund is now the personal servant - the factotum - of the Branden Rose, the most renowned monster-hunter in all of the Half-Continent. But despite the Rose's power and influence as a Peer of the Empire, powerful forces move against them both, intent on capturing Rossamund and destroying Europe in the process. This final volume of The Foundling's Tale is full of the suspense and lush world building that have made D. M. Cornish one of the ...
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The Foundling's Tale, Part Three: Factotum

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Overview

Rossamund is now the personal servant - the factotum - of the Branden Rose, the most renowned monster-hunter in all of the Half-Continent. But despite the Rose's power and influence as a Peer of the Empire, powerful forces move against them both, intent on capturing Rossamund and destroying Europe in the process. This final volume of The Foundling's Tale is full of the suspense and lush world building that have made D. M. Cornish one of the most avidly watched modern fantasists.

"Riveting . . . The author laces his rococo but fluent narrative with moral and ethical conundrums, twists both terrible and tongue in cheek, startling revelations about humans and monsters alike and sturdy themes of loyalty, courage and selfrealization" - Kirkus Reviews, starred review


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101462423
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/11/2010
  • Series: Foundling's Tale , #3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 185,411
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author


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 own were possible, and he failed to eat his popcorn. Experiences with C.S. Lewis, and later J.R.R. Tolkien, completely convinced him that other worlds existed, and that writers had a key to these worlds. But words were not yet his earliest tools for storytelling. Drawings were.



He spent most of his childhood drawing, as well as most of his teenage and adult years as well. And by age eleven he had made his first book, called "Attack from Mars." It featured Jupitans and lots and lots of drawings of space battles. (It has never been published and world rights are still available.)



He studied illustration at the University of South Australia, where he began to compile a series of notebooks, beginning with #1 in 1993. He had read Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels, The Iliad, and Paul Gallico's Love of Seven Dolls. Classical ideas as well as the great desire to continue what Mervyn Peake had begun but not finished led him to delineate his own world. Hermann Hesse, Kafka and other writers convinced him there were ways to be fantastical without conforming to the generally accepted notions of fantasy. Over the next ten years he filled 23 journals with his pictures, definitions, ideas and histories of his world, the Half-Continent.



It was not until 2003 that a chance encounter with a children's publisher gave him an opportunity to develop these ideas further. Learning of his journals, she bullied him into writing a story from his world. Cornish was sent away with the task of delivering 1,000 words the following week and each week thereafter. Abandoning all other paid work, he spent the next two years propped up with one small advance after the other as his publisher tried desperately to keep him from eating his furniture.



And so Rossamund's story was born - a labor of love over twelve years in the making.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

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    The third Foundling's Tale is a great finale to a fantastic fantasy saga

    A Foundling, Rossamund Bookchild wants to know something about his roots as currently his knowledge about his parents is zero. He leaves behind his home and in many ways his youth as he sets forth on an adventure to find out just who he is.

    As he treks the Half-Continent, he faces danger but never quits his quest. As he continues his march, he faces frightening truths; of which the worst remains not knowing anything about who he is. Naimes Duchess in Waiting, Europe the monster hunter, "adopts" Rossamund as her Factotum and friend while teaching her protégé that evil comes in all shapes and forms including human packaging, but his quest for his identity has already aroused the long time dormant Monster Lords.

    The third Foundling's Tale (see Foundling and Lamplighter) is a great final fantasy as Rossamund learns more truth than he would prefer. Fast-paced with a sort of ancient feel to the vernacular and enhanced by drawings and maps, teen readers will want to join the Foundling and they aristocrat as they hunt monsters including people and seek clues to who Rossamund is especially since his search has awakened the most hideous lethal Monster Lords.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    Good...But Begs for a Forth

    I finished the book today and was shocked that Cornish did not deliver on his promises. He said that we would see Sinster in this book and all of Rossamund's old friends would show back up. Instead Rossamund made new friends and only a couple actually appears, though the rest took part in another part of the story not involving Rossamund at all. Lack of a central enemy for most of the book was odd as well since I could not tell where the plot was going. Toward the end of the book it almost felt like Europe was more the central character and Rossamund was just following her instead of playing a part in his own destiny. I definitely give this book four stars because everything is actually great about the book, it just didn't quite live up to my expectations given what Cornish said this book was supposed to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    I adore this series!

    From the very beginning of young Rossamind's tale until the end I have completely enchanted. As the final book in this trilogy I find myself in the position of thoroughly enjoying the full circle of it and yet mourning the end.

    Forget the typical "if other young adult books were like this" and let's just go with if all other books in general were as well-written and thought out as this.

    I look forward to seeing more from this talented writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2011

    Great but ....

    It definately needs a fourth book!!!

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Not as good as the first two

    Disappointed in Factotum after loving the first two. Too much M.Peake and too slowly paced.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    A thought provoking trilogy.

    What started as nothing more than an interesting book turned into a thought provoking read. which one of us dies not feel ad though we have something monstrous inside of us that might not make us an outcast if others were to know that secret. A trilogy for any age. A fourth book would be most welcomed.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

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    Not disappointed...

    this book was well written and well delivered. It is long winded though, with all the new words sometimes you get lost just trying to figure out what these mean and how they fit in the overall story, i also kinda felt a little lost at the beginning since its been so long since the second book was released but this is pretty much the norm for this series. on a whole i loved it, ending was a little sad but i understood ....

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