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Ulises asked, "How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers."Elias reached across the table and flicked aside two shells with a fingertip. The map curled into itself. "It's bound to be a goose chase. You know that?""Or a treasure hunt," Ulises countered, "and you've always been good at those."Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal exploreUlises asked, "How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers."Elias reached across the table and flicked aside two shells with a fingertip. The map curled into itself. "It's bound to be a goose chase. You know that?""Or a treasure hunt," Ulises countered, "and you've always been good at those."Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar's oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way...until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.The people of St. John del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes, kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias's father, who vanished on that same fateful day? With the king's beautiful cousin by his side-whether he wants her there or not-Elias will race to solve the riddle of the princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some truths are better left buried...and an unknown enemy stalks his every turn....

Title : Isle of Blood and Stone
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ISBN : 9780544968578
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Isle of Blood and Stone Reviews

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-01-13 01:13

    There were a lot of elements in this story I enjoyed and I'm interested enough to check out the next book! The setting was strong, I loved the maps, and the characters were all great. I'm not super enthusiastic about anything BUT I still liked it.I think this one will appeal to readers who get into stories that are more peaceful... it felt like a cup of tea that was going to take its time to steep. There wasn't a ton of adventure and nothing was particularly gripping, but that doesn't mean it was boring or slow! There was a sense of mystery and some decent character development. I do wish I would've connected more with the writing style, though. It felt like it was sort of holding me at a distance and I wanted to get into everything more. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Katerina Kondrenko
    2019-01-06 00:08

    8 out of 10 Finally! Finally a good YA fantasy with a hint of a romance, a lot of adventures, mysteries and a nice pacing. People, just wait. I think you would love it too.

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    2018-12-31 22:08


  • Beatrice (beatriceinbookland)
    2019-01-19 01:15

    *I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*"How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers."DNF @32% The beginning was promising, it was intriguing and it made me want to keep reading to find out what happened to the brothers. But, as soon as I got to the now part, I was so confused that I found myself reading the same sentence more than once or twice.Why did I get so confused? Well, the author was trying to add some world building by just telling and not showing and the more I kept reading the more I was like where the hell are the protagonists right now?? There were just too many names and characters that the protagonists already know and that we're introduced to without a single explanation.At least the protagonist - Elias - isn't bad. He's a traveler and his scenes with his family were adorable, I loved his relationship with his stepfather and stepbrothers. Actually, I think that the scenes where he was interacting with his family were the only ones I enjoyed.So all in all, Isle of blood and stone isn't a bad book, it's just a bit boring and incredibly confusing and I don't want to waste time to read something I'm not enjoying.

  • mith
    2018-12-25 00:15

    4.5!! To rate up or down? I don't know!But still—WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK. Gosh I love it. Review to come!!!

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    2019-01-18 02:26

    The cover is a huge bore, but the synopsis sounds fantastic and I love me a good mystery adventure so let's hope this is a good one!

  • anna (readingpeaches)
    2018-12-26 19:09

    book: how can i do nothing? they are my brothersme: SOLD™

  • Sara (sarabara081)
    2019-01-18 02:12

    You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.I love anything with maps, exploring and adventure! It really brings me back to my childhood and everything I loved as a kid. The promise of those such things in the blurb for Isle of Blood and Stone grabbed my attention and I can honestly say I had a lot of fun reading this one!The story revolves around the events that happened 18 years ago when there was an attack on a party of people that included two young princes, the Royal Navigator Antoni, and so many others. Most everyone that day was poisoned and those who weren’t disappeared and were believed dead, murdered by another kingdom and then subsequently started a war. That is until maps are found made with a skill and likeness of a certain presumed dead navigator that could only have been made more recently than the previous tragic event. Determined to find answers, King Ulises, Elias, and Mercedes embark on a secret mission to find out what happened to the family they lost that day.As these three discovered clues hidden in the map, they find themselves on a adventure through spooky woods haunted with spirits, dangerous waters infested with sea serpents, and more! The more answers they uncovered the more they realized the real dangers lurked much closer than they could have expected. I loved uncovering all the little secrets and clues along the way and even though I tried to piece together everything myself, there was quite a bit that surprised me!I really enjoyed the characters and the relationships they had with each other. They were all so selfless and compassionate. I especially enjoyed Mercedes as a strong and smart heroine. There is a touch of romance that brews between her and Elias in that perfect slow burn I love. There is also the spunky Reyna, a 9 year old future mapmaker and explorer who doesn’t let being a girl stop her from her dreams, despite what others may say. She was my very own hidden gem of the story and probably my favorite of them all.All in all, I found myself completely swept away by this story! It’s not particularly fast paced or filled with action like I thought it might be but I found myself completely okay with that. It kept my attention with all of its mysteries to unravel and was never boring. I had a lot of fun reading this book and I think many others will also find a great adventure to partake in!

  • Aila
    2019-01-10 20:26

    3.5 starsIsle of Blood and Stone comes off to me as one of those quieter YA fantasies that are hidden gems. It’s not fast-paced, nor does it have tons of thrilling action. But the characterizations fuel the story as we follow on an 18-year old mystery that needs to be solved. Despite the sedate pace, I enjoyed the emphasis in the story on maps and following the political intrigue within St. John del Mar. There’s a marked focus on character relationships and heading into danger, as well as fantastical elements that add flavor to the story. I’d recommend Isle of Blood and Stone to fantasy readers who don’t mind less action in favor of characterization and solving mysteries. It’s for sure a deviation from the princes and princesses route that YA fantasies like to take.Review to come!

  • Chantal
    2019-01-21 01:59

    *I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*I arrived at 22% but I could not finish it!As far as I arrived, the book was boring and practically nothing happened, what a pity.

  • J.A. Ironside
    2019-01-15 20:58

    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewDNF at 50%I'm not going to rate this one. I think it might be a strong case of it's not you, it's me. I hate DNFing books especially ARCs but this is just doing nothing for me. I don't dislike it nor do I like it. I am not engaged with the plot or the characters or the world building. I don't think this is the author's fault exactly, it's just a complete miss where I'm concerned. Others have rated this book highly and I feel like I must be reading a different book to them. There is just nothing for me to get hold of. At halfway through I still feel like I'm waiting for the story to start. I don't mind quiet fantasy but this is too slow even for me.This is fantasy in the sense that it's set in an alternate world but don't expect magic or fantastical creatures. Or a lot of action tbh. This one just wasn't for me.

  • Jackie
    2019-01-10 02:08

    I needed a good read and when my friend recommended this, I was happy to take her advice. I sure am glad I did! I enjoyed this very much. I look forward to the companion!*Disclosure: I work for HMH, but I do not review HMH titles unless I feel extremely strongly about them as a reader. They have to be something special if I'm going to review them. This is one of those very special ones.

  • Staci Vought
    2019-01-02 22:14

    I really liked this one, and am grateful to Netgalley for the ARC. It was a good adventure story with likable characters, a plot that was easy enough to follow, and a male protagonist! I am eager for it to be released!

  • Ashley
    2018-12-21 23:16

    Read the full review, and my weirdly specific look at leprosy here!Isle of Blood and Stone is fantastic. Sorry, I had more to say about leprosy before, but yes, the book is very very good. Leprosy plays a vital role in the novel, which made me love it more as it enabled me to go on the above tirade. Eighteen years ago, Bartolome and Teodor, two young princes of the Kingdom of St. John del Mar were kidnapped, along with famous navigator, Lord Antoni. It was assumed that the princes and Lord Antoni were to be held for ransom, but instead they were killed when their ship sank. The neighboring Island of Mondrago got the blame, and after a Mondrogan soldier was tortured into a confession, del Mar invaded Mondrago and razed it to the ground. Ever since, the people of del Mar have hated Mondrago, to the extent that they will even spit at people who are half Mondragan.Anyway, Isle of Blood and Stone starts off eighteen years after the event. Ulises, the youngest prince who was just a baby when his brothers disappeared, has become king. Lord Antoni’s son, Elias, has become a Navigator/Explorer/Mapmaker/Sailor in his own right. Elias is definitely in love with the king’s cousin, the expert spy Mercedes, who has the misfortune to be half Mondrogan on del Mar. Mercedes, with the help of Reyna, granddaughter of master navigator Lord Silva, has discovered a strange map. It is a map that could only have been painted by Lord Antoni - but it features landmarks that didn’t exist until ten years prior. Meaning Lord Antoni was around ten years ago. Meaning he might be alive. And if he’s alive, there’s a chance Bartolome and Teodor are alive, too.Well, shit.Ulises asks Elias for his help in solving the riddles embedded in the map. This all must be handled delicately - Ulises is in a precarious position if it turns out his two older brother are still alive, and Elias’s mother has since happily remarried, having three other children with her second husband. And in the world of del Mar, bigamy is a serious crime, and if it turns out Antoni is still alive, Elias’s younger sisters and brother will be forever shamed as bastards. So rather than going with a traditional fantasy scenario of “holy shit, [insert person here] is still alive, that’s awesome!” the reaction is more realistic: it’s been nearly two decades, everyone has already moved on, if two princes and a lord were to suddenly reappear, it would be great at first, but would mean bad news for a lot of people.Oh, yeah, and remember that whole “they razed Mondrago to the ground because they supposedly murdered the princes and Lord Antoni” thing? Yeah, that, too.So Elias, with the help of Mercedes, set off to do their best to solve this puzzle without starting a war, ruining their lives, or creating political chaos. Good luck!This book is awesome. It’s exciting, the characters are great,and the world is lush and beautiful. It reminds me of a more tropical, technically advanced version of Earthsea. There’s some subtle magic in there, too, that I really really want to see more of. I believe this is the first in a series - why do I keep getting attached to serieses? - but I will definitely be looking out for the next books. I have one criticism of this book, but to mention it would be to spoil the end, so I will keep that to myself for now. Still, it’s a great story.Also, shout out to Makiia Lucier who wrote A Death-Struck Year - one of the few YA historical fiction books set in early 20th Century Portland. There’s not a lot of Portland-set historical fiction out there…or maybe there is and I just can’t find it. If you know some, let me know, please.

  • Jenni
    2018-12-30 18:56

    I discovered this book online last month and I read the blurb and just knew I wanted to read this book! I started reading it one evening and I just didn't want to stop, it instantly captured my attention. It was fantastic from the first page. Though I am a little sad that I have finished the book already. However, the ending of the book left some wonderful possibilities open and I have a feeling that the next book is going to be amazing as well.The Isle of Blood and Stone doesn't have any magic in it, which makes it an unusual read for me, however, what it lacks in magic it really makes up for with well written characters, incredible world-building and a good old fashioned mystery. I was left guessing right up until the big reveal - though you will get no spoilers from me. I found the suspense really helped pull the pace of the book along without making me want to read so fast that I skipped over descriptions.Talking of descriptions; the world-building in The Isle of Blood and Stone is incredible, Lucier creates a vivid world with a strong focus on sailing and exploration, which I found really interesting. Everything in the kingdom of St John del Mar is focused around the sea from their laws to their food, even their currency, with silver shells and gold squids! The world created in the book is so vivid, and I loved that there were so many unique experiences we could enjoy with the protagonist Elias, from cockfighting to a trip to the Barber-Surgeon. I loved the main three characters, Elias the explorer, Ulises the king of St John del Mar and Mercedes the king's cousin, who is a strong and very independent female character, it's always nice to read about one of those! They were all so different and all so well written. I enjoyed reading the banter between the three of them. The friendship between these three character was lovely to read. At the start of the book you could feel that the dynamic had recently changed. Ulises had recently become king at the start of the book, and as a result everything was off kilter, and yet their friendship and loyalty to each other held them together, and only grew stronger throughout the book.Besides the main trio I have to say that Reyna, a girl of nine, was a character that really stood out in The Isle of Blood Stone - I love the way she was written. It was nice to have two strong female characters in a book, characters that were changing the rules instead of living by them! The main thread of the plot is a mystery to be solved which starts off with a riddle on a map, and I have to admit from the very beginning I was hooked. I needed to know the answer, and for me when the answer came it was not one I expected at all! I also really enjoyed the fact that the mystery was not the only thing drawing the book along, we still had time for rich and fabulous descriptions, we still got to meet a wide range of vivid and unique characters. I really enjoyed The Isle of Blood and Stone, and I would definitely recommend it to any fantasy fans. I have already convinced my husband that he needs to read it once he has finished with his current re-read of Robin Hobb's books.

  • M.
    2019-01-12 22:22

    Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.Eighteen years ago, two boy princes were out on a picnic with some of their guards/servants, their maid, and Lord Antoni, a royal mapmaker and explorer. What was supposed to be an ordinary picnic soon turned into a tragedy – all servants and guards were poisoned while the princes, Lord Antoni, and the maid disappeared. This brought about a war with a neighboring kingdom that ended with Del Mar’s victory. But the missing were never found.Elias is the son of Lord Antoni as well as a royal mapmaker and explorer himself. His best friends are Ulises, the recently appointed king of Del Mar, and Mercedes, the cousin of the king. When they discover two maps that have supposedly been drawn by Lord Antoni and contain clues about the mysterious disappearance eighteen years ago, Elias, Ulises, and Mercedes vow to do whatever it takes to uncover the hidden secrets.I quite enjoyed Isle of Blood and Stone. The pacing of the story was good and constantly had me wondering what clues/secrets our characters would discover next. I’m not sure if would have been obvious to other people but I honestly had no idea who the villain was until the big reveal.I felt the reasoning behind the princes’ disappearances was just a bit anticlimactic and irrational. Especially since the events from the day sparked a war and ended in the opposing country’s defeat. I would have personally liked a bit more on how the villain managed to pull this off successfully. How did he manage to bribe the soldier who confessed falsely and the other people who were involved in the disappearance of the princes? Why was a certain country targeted? And above all, (view spoiler)[if all this happened because the villain wanted to punish the late king and Lord Antoni, why didn't the villain get rid of Elias instead? (hide spoiler)]The characters themselves were likeable. I loved Ulises and Elias’ friendship and how they would trust each other and always have each other’s backs. Mercedes was such a strong heroine who always handled held any unfavorable situations well. The slow burn romance between her and Elias was perfect as well. Also, notable mention to Reyna, the nine-year-old girl who strives to become a royal mapmaker even when everyone tells her girls shouldn’t become one. The ending surprised me. I didn’t expect Ulises to do certain things but for some reason I wholly supported his decisions. I can only imagine the sequel would have some kind of falling-out between him and Elias once Elias discovers what happens. Isle of Blood and Stone was a fun read and I am eagerly anticipating the sequel.

  • Sara
    2019-01-09 19:15

    This book was everything I wanted and more.While it seemed like the plot of Isle of Blood and Stone was inspired by a wide array of historical events, Lucier took what we thought we knew and made it into her own. While reading I felt like I was in a place that was a cross between Greece, Florin and Guilder, which is a compliment given that any book that gives me Princess Bride vibes is a good book in my opinion.The pacing of Isle of Blood and Stone was also a surprising plus. Sometimes I go into first books in a series and you can tell the author, whether intentional or not, is trying to cram as much lore into the novel as possible so they can focus on character development in the sequel. While there was lore sprinkled into the narrative of Isle of Blood and Stone, it didn’t overpower the mystery that was unraveling in its pages, making me not be able to wait for the next book.If I had to pick one thing that made this book worth reading, over all of the other positives, is Lucier’s attention to her characters. Yes the world was fleshed out, but the characters were on a whole other level. I usually don’t read YA with a male first person narrative, but I couldn’t imagine reading Isle of Blood and Stone through anyone but Elias. It was so unique to already have him as a cartography mentor that when he principles of map making came up through out the narrative I didn’t have to second guess whether or not I was being fed the truth because he was a reliable source. I also appreciated how he reacted to the various twists and turns Lucier threw his way, so much so in fact that I wasn’t disappointed with his choice of an apprentice at the book’s conclusion.Also, Mercedes is now one of my favourite heroines. Yes, I saw her slow burning romance coming, but she wasn’t just thought up to be the romantic interest. Lucier made Mercedes interesting in her own right, apart from both Elias and Ulises, making her an emissary for the king, and a strong one at that. She generally handled her situation with grace but if she needed to be tough she became ten times tougher, even putting some of the boys exploits to shame. I cannot wait to see where she goes as a character, especially after that ending.

  • Kat
    2018-12-25 21:22

    Thank you to #Netgalley and the publisher for the E-Arc copy of this novel.#IsleofBloodandStoneThe novel is unlike anything I have read recently, which is a good thing I enjoy finding new settings and plots. Elias, the main character, is a kind and interesting character. I know this will be a series just on the way it ended, but the author spends a great deal of this novel world building. I didn't mind it, but it does take away from the flow of the novel. It is told from multiple points of view, which I also thought caused it to be slower paced. I think that the second novel will be much better just with the fact that there was so much world building, plot setting, and story-line to add in.

  • Liesl
    2018-12-23 21:10

    On the face of it, this is your classic adventure/mystery story in a fantasy setting. A clue turns up after several decades hinting that two kidnapped princes, presumed dead, are actually alive. Some really amazing worldbuilding (I loved the details about the serpents which breathed fire and roamed the kingdom's seas) with lots of small details becoming relevant later on to the overall mystery. But to leave it at that would be simplifying so much of what I loved about this story. The full repercussions of the princes' disappearance is explored, both in Mercedes' family history with people's reactions against her mixed heritage and how their return would threaten all the main characters' statuses: the current king would be deposed; marriages would be rendered invalid; children would become illegitimate. But the real thing that made me fall in love with the story was the maps. All the small details about how important maps were and about the Mapmakers' guild drew me in. I couldn't stop reading this book, finished it in a day. Would wholeheartedly recommend.

  • Grace
    2018-12-23 22:17

    This was straight up awesome. A mystery, a treasure hunt, royal intrigue, a young king and his friends doing the best they can. It gets dark, but that only makes things more wrenching and interesting. The relationships are good, and the worldbuilding is compellingly detailed without being overwhelming. I honestly don't even know what to say. This was so good.I'm withholding the last full star just because this book didn't rearrange my entire life and change me as a person, but honestly I would give it 4.5 if I could, or even a higher fraction. I'm adding Isle of Blood and Stone to my list of books that inspire me to write. I can't wait until I can add it to my physical bookshelf as well.

  • gem
    2019-01-06 21:59

    Thank you to netgalley for the chance to read this book.It seemed like the plot was inspired by several true life mysteries, such as the Princes in the Tower, and then given a fantastical YA spin and I loved that!It was full of adventure, secrets, and royal intrigue and the characters and the descriptions jumped off the pages and into my head. I felt like I was there, I wanted to know how it would end and I raced all the way through it. I think it's a book that would benefit from being read multiple times so I could pick up on all the little hints as to what was going on.I'd recommend it for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sara Raasch.

  • Abby
    2019-01-02 00:23

    Completely surpassed all my expectations ... So I was looking forward to this as a quick fantasy read. And I did read it quick, in one sitting (with a break for dinner) but I found the world to be completely immersive and the characters easy to fall in love with despite their human flaws. The plot is dark, fast paced, political and unpredictable (though I did guess the villain a few chapters before the main character did). The author steers away from the picture perfect ending and I love that not all the ends are perfectly tied up.

  • K
    2019-01-14 22:26

    I enjoyed this book a lot. I think more could have been done to develop the relationship between Mercedes and Ulises because Elias and Ulises' relationship was very deep and Mercedes and Elias' relationship was given a lot of attention, but most of Ulises' and Mercedes' moments took place off-screen even though Mercedes had several POV chapters. Aside from that, I liked the story and the worldbuilding!

  • Toni
    2018-12-27 20:24

    I really enjoyed this book. Lots of action, main characters I enjoyed getting to know, and some surprising plot twists. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. Once this book is published, I will definitely be purchasing it for my library. I already have a student I plan to give it to first.

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    2018-12-24 03:09


  • Bethany
    2018-12-24 20:23

    Not the nail-biting thriller I thought it was going to be. It was more like a political intrigue mystery but I'm here for it.