The Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

30339493The Isle of Blood and Stone
(Isle of Blood and Stone #1)
Available 4/10/18
By Makiia Lucier
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780544968578
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Fantasy


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 Thoughts

I am just going to start by stating that I really loved this book. I often try to find an equal balance of pros and cons to present in my reviews. I want readers to walk away with enough to make a sound decision. I am not in the habit of pushing my favorites simply because. However, I find it hard to compile a true list of anything that did not work for me in The Isle of Blood and Stone.

Years ago two young princes and Lord Antoni (a royal mapmaker) disappeared without a trace leaving heartache and deceit in the aftermath. Presumed dead, life has moved on until young mapmaker Elias (Lord Antoni’s surviving son) is presented with two maps that appear to have been created by the Royal Navigator Antoni and bearing a riddle. Is it possible that his father drew the maps and the answers lie within? Now with the help of del Mar’s King who lost his two brothers that fateful day and his closest ally Mercedes, Elias will embark on an adventure that could forever alter life as they have come to know it.

What I appreciated..

  • Maps! I love them and find nothing more exciting than discovering them within a book. Add a story that revolves around them and consider my interest piqued.
  • Lucier offers a slow and steady character development that progresses beautifully throughout the course of the story relying on revelations and answers. I enjoyed each for various reasons.
  • I found it refreshing to read from a male protagonist’s point of view. Isle of Blood and Stone reminded me that I need to do this more often.
  • Internal conflicts are a favorite of mine and here we are exposed to them through Elias’ understanding of potential ramifications of uncovering the truth.
  • A slow-burn love story contained within that did not overshadow the main plot.
  • Descriptions of the local life and social structure. I enjoyed the vivid portrayal of life inside and outside of the castle ranging from training to street vendors, cases of leprosy and even the sea serpents that posed a threat to men on ships.
  • A satisfying conclusion that still allows for further story expansions.

Challenges some may encounter..

  • This is a leisurely paced story. While in my case, I favored the slower approach, I know some will find it challenging.
  • The world building was limited to life around the castle at times. But I should mention, I felt this was managed well and expect to see the setting expanded in the sequel.

The Isle of Blood and Stone is a well-balanced story that is truly hard to classify as YA. It will easily appeal to a broad audience. It embodies all that I have come to love in a good story; fantasy, adventure, mystery and a hint of romance while forgoing unnecessary frivolities. Simply put, a fun read that is difficult to put down.

*I would like to thank the publisher for this advanced copy. The above review is my own, unbiased and honest opinion.

tea cup

Serves well with a nice herbal hibiscus blend and spoonful of honey.

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About The Author

Makiia Lucier has a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon and a master’s in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she studied literature for children. Visit her at

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27 thoughts on “The Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

  1. I saw this novel around just recently and is quite strange since usually many books get so hyped, but this one… Or maybe is just me never finding a tweet or a post talking about it.
    Anyway, I still don’t know if I’m up to it, even if many points you made can change my mind.
    I love books that even spend a bit too much on worldbuilding (even if about a specifc part), but also books with maps! I think that sometimes those kind of details are usally taken forgranted

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    1. I discovered this through the publisher and only recently saw it making rounds. Which is a shame really, because she is very talented. Books with maps are such a favorite of mine. This one might leave a bit to desire for you in terms of world building, but it did set the stage for some serious exploration in the sequel. I am excited about that 🙂

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  2. Great review, Dani! You sure do gove good pointers to take away helping to make a decision whether I should read this book or not. Honestly? For the world and culture alone it sounds like a wonderful read. I have to say, am not at all a fan of maps 😀 hahahah… I look at them, yes, but darn it- I am hardly a visual person like that so I feel like this book would go to waste on me? 😀

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  3. I’ve read about this book a couple of times but I enjoyed reading your review too! I’m so glad you and everyone I’ve read has enjoyed it so far… I love slow burn romances that act like they are part of life but NOT all that is going on! There is so much to life than just romance… like MAPS! Hhhhaha I love them too and so need to read this book!

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