Foundling by D. M. Cornish
1.5 Star , Reviews / December 27, 2013

There are some books that don’t work for me, but I still appreciate why others enjoy them. Then there are other books that I don’t enjoy that I just can’t grasp why people review them favorably or recommend them. Foundling by D. M. Cornish is unfortunately the latter for me. There’s no secret here. This is one of my least favorite reads of 2013. Actually, most likely it is my least favorite. But, this was a book club read, so I persevered and read it through to the end.  My reward for doing so was being able to set it down and never read it again. Here’s a short blurb for the book: Meet Rossamünd–a foundling, a boy with a girl’s name who is about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor of the Half-Continent. What starts as a simple journey becomes a dangerous and complicated set of battles and decisions. Humans, monsters, unearthly creatures . . . who among these can Rossamünd trust? D. M. Cornish has created an entirely original world, grounded in his own deft, classically influenced illustrations. Foundling is a magic-laced, Dickensian adventure that will transport the reader The blurb actually sounds…

The Daylight War – slight rant. Contains spoilers.
3 Stars , Reviews , Spoilers / September 9, 2013

Earlier this year, I read The Daylight War immediately after it was released. It was a book that I was looking forward to and unfortunately, I was really disappointed. I was over half way through the book before I even felt interested in most of it. The first two books, while maybe not ground breaking works of fantasy, were fun to read, books that kept me turning pages until I realized I was suddenly at the end. So, I was a bit surprised and frustrated at my lack of engagement with this one. After giving it some thought, I decided to list out some of the things that didn’t work for me: