Publisher: Houghton Miffin Books
Release Date: April 10th 2018
Series: Isle of Blood and Stone #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, New Adult
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.
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.
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.
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.