Isle of Blood and Stone (Isle of Blood and Stone, #1) by Makiia Lucier

Isle of Blood and Stone (Isle of Blood and Stone, #1)

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 explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar's oldest friend. Soon he...

Details Isle of Blood and Stone (Isle of Blood and Stone, #1)

TitleIsle of Blood and Stone (Isle of Blood and Stone, #1)
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Isle of Blood and Stone (Isle of Blood and Stone, #1)

  • may ➹
    for the first time in ever, I liked a book more than I thought I would. I am thoroughly, completely shockedI will fully admit that this book has lots of flaws, but GOD if I wasn’t entertained!!! I swear I got heart palpitations any time I sensed something Frightening would happen, which was basically every other chapter, but it was just so much FUNreview to come soon!thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Teen for sending me this!!
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    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 ...
  • Katerina Kondrenko
    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.
  • Carrie
    Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier is the first book in the Isle of Blood and Stone duology. This series is a young adult historical fantasy with a touch of romance involved.The story starts with the royal navigator Lord Antoni out on and excursion with a group including two of the young princes. As everyone in the group is setting down to eat and rest Antoni is gathering supplies to show the boys how to make a compass. After the wine is pa...
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  • Beatrice (beatriceinbookland)
    *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, th...
  • mith
    4.5!! To rate up or down? I don't know!But still—WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK. Gosh I love it. Review to come!!!
  • Sara (sarabara081)
    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 inc...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “Adventurer, two princes lost but not gone. Follow the path of the ancient mariners, Tramontana to Ostro. Look not to what is there, but to what is not.” Yeah, I didn’t love this as much as I wanted which really seems to be the story of my life lately. I just know this is going to be a completely forgettable read for me. For so much of this story I just didn’t care, and I feel like a lot of it was because I wasn’t invested in the worl...
  • Aila
    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 re...
  • Sabrina
    Checkout more of my reviews on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot.comThis book is full of mystery and adventure. Isle of Blood and Stone is so unique and I was ensnared from beginning to end!
  • Chantal
    *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.
  • Megan
    I was sent this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers. This book is WOW amazing. It looks like a fantasy, but it's actually a mystery/romance/court intrigue novel in disguise. If that doesn't grab your attention, think An Ember in the Ashes crossed with Eragon. I started reading this, unsure what to expect, and I was hooked. From be...
  • Camillea
    Makiia Lucier’s intoxicating prose drew me deep into the book, Isle of Blood and Stone. From its first pages Lucier was generous in detailing the world, from its architecture to the cuisine to various traditions making it feel as though I was walking through the streets of del Mar. I had collecting the snippets of details that made up the various islands.The author’s ability to pay attention to both her main characters and secondary character...
  • Jackie
    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
    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!
  • Lauren
    What a fun story. Mystery and danger and adventure and secret clues in a map. Plus compelling characters and a sweet romance. I enjoyed this so much!
  • Caitlin Christensen
    5 stars RTC
  • Alanna
    In Isle of Blood and Stone, Makiia Lucier explores the repercussions of a story eighteen years in the making, that began when two princes vanished. Now, eighteen years later, a riddle hidden on a recently uncovered mysterious map could chart a course towards the truth and the missing royals. Set to be released in North America on April 10, 2018, this historical fantasy that's perfect for fans of Rachel Hartman and Tamora Pierce! (I would like...
  • Ashley
    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 Anto...
  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    You may also find this review on Books, Vertigo & Tea.My ThoughtsI am just going to start by stating that I really loved this book. I often try to find an equal balance of pros and cons to present in my reviews. I want readers to walk away with enough to make a sound decision. I am not in the habit of pushing my favorites simply because. However, I find it hard to compile a true list of anything that did not work for me in The Isle of Blood and S...
  • Jenni
    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.T...
  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    Actual Rating 3.5 StarsAS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. It’s been a while since I read anything an adventure/ mystery type of book that didn’t focus so much on a rebellion but more on a quest and a riddle, which is also why I was so excited about this book going in! In all honesty, it took me forever to con...
  • Darcie Caswell
    In the first few pages of this book, the first and second in line to the throne of Del Mar are kidnapped and their retinue of guards is left murdered. The story then jumps ahead 18 years, and we learn the two kidnapped princes died while being abducted and their younger brother, Ulises, has ascended the throne. New to the throne and still learning how to be a king, he is aided by his cousin, Mercedes, and his friend, Elias. When a map with a myst...
  • Katherine Moore
    **Note: My full BLOG TOUR post with give away info is here: I read ‘Blood & Stone’ I felt like I was drawn onto an Mediterranean island and suddenly in the era of the great Leonardo da Vinci, when maps and exploration were paramount, and here, sea-dwelling creatures such as serpents are both feared as well as revered. There is such great imagery that is colorful and vivid; old-fashioned customs are ...
  • M.
    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 M...
  • Claire Salmon
    I was Bastian-hiding-in-the-attic-nose-deep-in-the-never-ending-story level reading this epic. You must read this magnificent tale. It's classic wonder, magic. You become a child then grow up again reading this. It's akin to being transported to Earthsea, stepping into Narnia, or, as mentioned earlier, hiding from Gmork. This is a full world, full of characters, full of relationships that will keep you reading--and guessing on the edge of your se...