Ulises asked, "How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers."Elias reached across the table and flicked aside two shells with a fingertip. The map curled into itself. "It's bound to be a goose chase. You know that?""Or a treasure hunt," Ulises countered, "and you've always been good at those."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 sidewhether he wants her there or notElias 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....
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Isle of Blood and Stone (Isle of Blood and Stone #1) Reviews
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How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers.
This book is WOW amazing. It looks like a fantasy, but it's actually a mystery/romance/court intrigue novel in disguise. If that doesn't grab your attention, think An Ember in the Ashes crossed with Eragon. I started reading this, unsure what to expect, and I was hooked. From beginning to end, you'll be guessing - what happene ...more
I had my problems with this book, but I also really enjoyed it. I liked the characters and the plot/mystery pulled me in. AND THE MAPS!! I love maps!!!
Elias was a pretty easy character to like, yeah he has a temper, but it wasn't horrible. I think the main thing that annoyed me about him was his need to "protect" Mercedes and Reyna. Especially Mercedes, who is basically a spy master! SHE DOESN'T NEED TO BE CODDLED ARGH. I love fantasy books so much, but it really frustrates me that a lot of them ...more
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"How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers."
The beginning was promising, it was intriguing and it made me want to keep reading to find out what happened to the brothers. But, as soon as I got to the now part, I was so confused that I found myself reading the same sentence more than once or twice.
Why did I get so confused? Well, the author was trying to add some world building by ...more
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I love anything with maps, exploring and adventure! It really brings me back to my childhood and everything I loved as a kid. The promise of those such things in the blurb for Isle of Blood and Stone grabbed my attention and I can honestly say I had a lot of fun reading this one!
The story revolves around the events that happened 18 years ago when there was an attack on a party of people that included two young princes, the Royal Navigator Anton ...more
This book is just what I needed.
I know I've mentioned I've had a pretty ehh fantasy year so far and Ace of Shades was one of the first books to pull me out of that slump. But this is a book that's actually similar to all those books I've been trying (princes and mapmakers and all sorts of mystery) that is slaying!
Besides just loving the writing style--it's simple yet descriptive and makes everything clear in third person--I found it to just be really enjoyable in general to read.
The sto ...more
This book was so fun! I really really liked it. It was so interesting to read about mapmakers and explorers. The setting was beautiful, the characters were great (mostly Mercedes and Reyna) and there were some plot twits that surprised me. It was not perfect but I highly recommend it, it is a fast paced read.
4.5!! To rate up or down? I don't know!
But still—WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK. Gosh I love it. Review to come!!!
What a fun read! I really enjoyed the setting and the characters in this novel. All of the maps were also a lot of fun and added an interesting mystery component. I really enjoyed the twists and turns that the characters faced, and I thought the setting for the novel was beautiful. I could perfectly picture the blue ocean and the jutting cliffs of the town!
Isle of Blood and Stone was a fast paced read, but I kept feeling like every time I got sucked into the story, a little of the fire would bu ...more