Series: Monster Blood Tattoo
Auther: D.M Cornish
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 433 (including appendix and glossary)
from the blurb
The vast lands of the Half-Continent bear the scars of centuries of conflict between humans and monsters. Only the hardiest souls now travel the inland ways: merchants, Imperial messengers and - bravest of all - the monster-hunters. To be a hunter takes great cunning and extraordinary skill, for the creatures are as deadly as they are varied. Bogles, rever-men, grinnlings and nickers - any one can kill a human quicker than thought.
Not that Rossamund Bookchild should worry. The orphan boy with the girl's name lives safe within the walls of the Madam Opera's Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls. Safe, at least, until the da he is recruited into the service of the Empire by a strange man with blood-red yes. This is his story.