5 Things About Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

May 26, 2018 Review 10 ★★★★★

5 Things About Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier
Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier
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Publisher: Houghton Miffin Books
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 400
Release Date: April 10th 2018
Series: Isle of Blood and Stone #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, New Adult
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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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 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 over the plot, and a rich fantasy world is everything I love.

Incredibly atmospheric

Obviously I loved a lot of things in ISLE OF BLOOD AND STONE, but what really made it a great fantasy was the atmosphere. The writing in this is fantastic. The descriptions are incredibly well written and really paint a brilliant picture of what’s going on. It was nice to read after finishing a book that had pretty mediocre writing.

NA fantasy with intriguing politics

While there is a mystery and quest central to the plot, the politics of the world are just as fleshed out as they should be in any decent fantasy. And because the characters were older (19 year olds) and higher up the social ranks, they had big parts of play in the society.

I couldn’t get enough of these characters

Like I said before, the characters were one of my favourite parts of ISLE OF BLOOD AND STONE. The dynamics were so beautiful. I had so many character feels. It’s a shame we didn’t get see all that much of Ulises and Mercedes and their complicated lives.

What is left for a sequel?

According to Goodreads, there is a sequel to ISLE OF BLOOD AND STONE coming next year. Which I am not mad about at all, but… I don’t know where the story will go. Everything central to these characters has pretty much wrapped up and I’m scared it might drag the story on. Unless it’s set 5-7 years in the future and features one of the kids in this book as an adult… HELL YEAH I’D SIGN UP FOR THAT.

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ISLE OF BLOOD AND STONE is my third 5 star read of the year. It had everything I love in a fantasy: great characters, a quest plot line, interesting politics, and beautiful writing. Everything wraps up so well that I’m surprised it has a sequel in the works. I highly recommend ISLE OF BLOOD AND STONE to any fans of fantasy.

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Overall: 4.7

10 Responses to “5 Things About Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier”

  1. Ethan

    I love being surprised by how good a book is! It sounds like this one is the complete package. I only worry about the sequel living up to the high level of this one!
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  2. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    I think I saw this one ONCE and then it flopped off the face of the reading world.

    Character dynamics are a HUGE deal for me, so I’m glad to see there are amazing dynamics and feels that will be presented in Isle of Blood and Stone. ^_^

    Plus I think I saw something about the romance not taking over the plot of the story? I completely approve of this.

    *stacks it on TBR pile*
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    • Bec

      It really didn’t get all that much hype :/

      The romance definitely does not take over! It’s a side plot and is a bit of a part of the characters growth/ motivations, but its balanced so well.

  3. Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    YAY! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I loved it as well but don’t see many reviews for it. I’d love for the sequel to be on the one girl only a few years older too!

    • Bec

      They really are!! There are quite a few fantasy novels with NA age (18-20) characters coming out. I wish they got more hype!

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