The South Australian author and illustrator D. M. Cornish deserves a bit of recognition. Similar to J. R. R. Tolkien, he creates his own world complete with language and culture. Although his books are marketed towards younger readers, you will find that his Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy is a well-written, expertly crafted read for almost any age. While you must wait until next year for the debut of the third book (Factotum), you can check your local bookstore for Foundling and Lamplighter (that is the proper order in which you should read the books). Below, you will see an advertisement for Foundling. For more information about Cornish and his works, refer to his blog.