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

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

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

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

  • may ➹
    3.5 starsAfter reading the first few chapters of this, I was really sure that it would end up to be your “average”, meh fantasy, with nothing horrible but nothing outstanding either. But I was surprised to find that it was actually even better than I thought!Let me be real here: This has a lot of flaws. It is definitely not a perfect book. But the thing is:IT WAS SO ENTERTAINING.At first it was slow and kind of boring, and I couldn’t really...
  • 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...
  • Yusra ✨
    that was the MOST satisfying epilogue ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!rtc
  • Bitchin' Reads
    Update 4/8/2018: After loving Makiia Lucier's A Death-Struck Year, I knew I would have to read any future books by her. And how fortunate for me, and what a wonderful surprise, when I picked up an ARC of this book at Yallfest and realized it was by the same insta-fave author who had me falling for Edmund in A Death-Struck Year. (It was clearly fate.) She has such an easy way with words, creating a world and characters rife with life I want more o...
  • Kayla
    This review was originally posted on GracelingAccountant. Review on 11/5/2018 The first thing I wanted to talk about was the world building and writing. The writing was amazing and lyrical, and it was one of those books that just sucked you in from the get-go. She set us up a really amazing world, with a sort of beachy setting. I believe the main characters lived on an island called Del Mar, and the focus of most of the people there was related t...
  • Beatrice in Bookland
    *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...
  • Alaina
    I absolutely loved this book! I am also really happy that buddy wasn't mad at me for being so slow for starting this book with her. Thank you so much Andrea for making me buddy read books with you! I love your little updates and how you make me laugh.. even if the book we are reading is terrible and making you mad. Luckily for us, this book was really good! I feel like we zoomed right through it.Isle of Blood and Stone was so freaking good! I lov...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I know I usually start with the positives of a book, but today, I am starting with the negative. The reason is, there really only was one negative: I really just didn't feel a ton about this book either way. Objectively, it was good and the plot was pretty interesting. But it didn't leave any kind of huge impression on me, and I feel lik...
  • 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!!!
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I'm so disappointed with myself because despite Isle of Blood and Stone being a well-written, interesting YA fantasy. . . I don't feel anything for it. Did it excite me? Eh, not really. Did I hate it? No, it was a good book.This fantasy isn't a super action-packed adventure, taking a slower pace as the characters attempt to uncover a...
  • 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...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars*I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange of an honest review*Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders TW: Death, gore, xenophobia, street harrassement, epidemic disease.To be absolutely honest, when I first requested this book I hadn’t heard much about it (and I still don’t which is weird because I think it’s 10/10 worth the read) but the synopsis intrigued me, dead princes? Maps?...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly AngusA story filled with betrayal, suspense and lies, Isle of Blood and Stone is a new release you cannot pass up. This new young adult fantasy novel is set on the island of del Mar, where 18 years ago two young princes destined for the throne and many royal servants were killed in the forest of Javelin. A neighbouring island, Mondrago, was blamed for the murders, their king killed and their h...
  • 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...
  • Edna L. (thebooknymph)
    3.5 Listen, island fantasy books are what I LIVE for. While I did enjoy this book quite a bit, the pacing fell flat for me. Certain parts of the book dragged on too much and I felt like this story could have been a lot more exciting than it really was. The mc was fun at the beginning, but after a while he became pretty basic. The side characters (mainly Mercedes and Reyna) were amazing and I would love to see more of them. I enjoyed the plot twis...
  • Andrea
    I had my problems with this book, but I also really enjoyed it. I liked the characters and the plot/mystery pulled me in. AND THE MAPS!! I love maps!!!Elias was a pretty easy character to like, yeah he has a temper, but it wasn't horrible. I think the main thing that annoyed me about him was his need to "protect" Mercedes and Reyna. Especially Mercedes, who is basically a spy master! SHE DOESN'T NEED TO BE CODDLED ARGH. I love fantasy books so mu...
  • Katherine Moore
    **Note: My full BLOG TOUR post can be found 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 used, such...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Georgie
    This book was such a satisfying read. It's so refreshing having a YA not solidly based on the romance between it's main characters.
  • Jess Crafts
    Um this book is amazing?!? Why is no one talking about it?!!I want to start this review by saying that there is no way I am going to be able to capture just how much I loved this book. I’m going to try. Obviously. But just know that this book was even better than whatever I say, okay? Okay.So 19 year old Elias is a mapmaker and royal Explorer and when two maps that seem to be made by his dead father appear with a riddle about the two princes wh...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4.5 starsThis book is just what I needed.I know I've mentioned I've had a pretty ehh fantasy year so far and Ace of Shades was one of the first books to pull me out of that slump. But this is a book that's actually similar to all those books I've been trying (princes and mapmakers and all sorts of mystery) that is slaying!Besides just loving the writing style--it's simple yet descriptive and makes everything clear in third person--I found it to j...
  • Becky Carr
    In this third person epic fantasy novel, Isle of Blood and Stone, Lucier speaks to a reader’s sense of wanderlust and curiosity. It’s unique in that while Elias is an adventurer, geographer, and mapmaker, the actual story takes place in his home, St. John del Mar. Elias returns from a months long journey to find himself thrust into a mystery with personal and political repercussions. The author sticks to Elias in her narration which is perfec...
  • Bec
    This review first appeared on Readers in WonderlandINITIAL REACTIONThese characters and their dynamics were SO GOOD!!5 THINGS ABOUT ISLE OF BLOOD AND STONE HELL YEAH SURPRISE 5 STAR The best 5 star reads are the ones that take you by surprise. I don’t know why I expected to have mixed feelings on this, I hadn’t even seen any reviews for it. It’s a real diamond in the rough. Great characters, a quest, side plot romance that doesn’t take o...