03 April, 2018

{ ARC Review } Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

about the book }

Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier
Isle of Blood and Stone, book 1
Publishes April 10, 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
e-ARC received via netgalley
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.


my review }

♫ ♫ ♫  

I want to think of this book as a gift, because that is what this book is to me: a gift. (Not, like, literally. You guys know what I mean, right? I hope?)

It’s just. It’s so good. It’s a high fantasy novel where the main character isn’t a royal or a peasant getting embroiled in royal politics. There’s no overthrowing the king and his rule or anything like that. It’s full of adventure and and great characters, with a hint of romance and undercurrents of humour, and all of that make this book fantastic.

So what is it about? It’s about the son of a mapmaker, whose father, along with two royal sons, went missing about 18 years ago. Elias’ father was a well known man, both for being wonderful and being a great mapmaker, and with the missing royal heirs, that tragedy caused a lot of heartache for their people. When his old maps resurface, hinting possibly that they might still be alive, Elias is hesitant to search. To hope that his father is somewhere still out there.

I adored Elias. He was such a well thought out and brilliantly written character and I rooted for him from the very start. He was easy to like and his narration was both amusing and funny (very different things, if you ask me). He was also a complex character and following his story was just an incredibly fun journey.

Speaking of adventure, this one doesn’t disappoint! It’s a treasure hunt, essentially, but! Also a mystery and that’s what kept me reading so late into the night. Plus, I found the world to be really well developed and loved the importance of maps (and mapmakers) in this book.

The romance was wonderful and understated. It was sloooow burn and I loved every second of it, whenever there was a scene between him and Mercedes--who, by the way, is just fantastic. They’re both so adorable and I love them so much and I cannot wait for book 2.

Mercedes had a few chapters from her point of view in this book! Most of it was Elias, but I loved the parts where we saw from her eyes. I wish there were more! She’s such an interesting character and I have so much respect for her.

Overall, Isle of Blood and Stone is just fantastic. I’d highly recommend it and I kind of want to reread it again now!


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