Isle of Blood and Stone

Isle of Blood and Stone

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When two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, nineteen-year-old Elias, a royal mapmaker, sets sail with King Ulises to uncover long-held secrets behind the mysterious disappearance of the king's two young brothers eighteen years earlier.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
ISBN: 9780544968578
0544968573
Characteristics: 390 pages : map ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Isle of blood & stone

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PimaLib_ChristineR Oct 28, 2019

Often the terms "Young Adult" and "Teen" get used interchangeably to describe a genre of books; however, Isle of Blood and Stone fits firmly in the Teen genre. Romance is minimal, so no descriptive scenes à la Throne of Glass. I'd feel comfortable giving this to anyone with the reading skills to understand it. And while it's a "Teen" book, it has descriptive writing and a plot to please nearly any reader.

I really feel like the publisher dropped the ball on this one--from the meaningless title and ho-hum cover to the lack of publicity surrounding its release. Anyone who enjoys a little bit of fantasy, a lot of adventure, with a healthy dollop of mystery will likely enjoy this book. And it's not just the plot and setting that hold up this novel. Makiia Lucier is a masterful writer. Rather than explain everything, Lucier writes scene after scene that develops the multi-faceted characters. We've already seen Mercedes, part of the protagonist trio, show a stiff upper lip, but also make mistakes. When showing how she works to make everyone feel comfortable, Lucier writes about Mercedes entering the premise of a surgeon/barber. Lucier writes, "Mercedes looked perfectly comfortable, she might have spent every morning surrounded by teeth carpeting the floor and chatting with men covered in blood," which tells us more about Mercedes' character than pages of exposition.

One thing I do want to note: this is not an inclusive story in many ways. But I think that has more to do with a lack of focus on romance rather than the author purposely leaving out representation.

OPL_KrisC Feb 28, 2018

This book is one of my more recent favorites. I loved reading this young adult fantasy book and am excited that it is slated to be a series. The author does a good job of building a unique fantasy world with a main character that girls will swoon for. The only thing I would say could be improved is the cover of the book. I feel that it falls a little flat and doesn't do the actual story justice.

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OPL_KrisC Mar 31, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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CRRL_MaryB Aug 27, 2018

Years after two young princes and and a lord are kidnapped, a pair of maps show up with cryptic clues to their disappearance.

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