Review: “Isle of Blood” by Rick Yancey (Novel)

Rick Yancey - The Isle of Blood - The Monstrumologist - Book 3 - Review


  • Title: “Isle of Blood”
  • Series: “The Monstrumologist
  • Author: Rick Yancey
  • Genre: Gothic, Horror, Mystery, Young Adult
  • Format: Hardback Novel
  • Description:
      • “When Dr. Warthrop goes hunting the “Holy Grail of Monstrumology” with his eager new assistant, Arkwright, he leaves Will Henry in New York. Finally, Will can enjoy something that always seemed out of reach: a normal life with a real family. But part of Will can’t let go of Dr. Warthrop, and when Arkwright returns claiming that the doctor is dead, Will is devastated–and not convinced.

Determined to discover the truth, Will travels to London, knowing that if he succeeds, he will be plunging into depths of horror worse than anything he has experienced so far. His journey will take him to Socotra, the Isle of Blood, where human beings are used to make nests and blood rains from the sky–and will put Will Henry’s loyalty to the ultimate test.”  – Amazon

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • MSRP: $18.99
  • Purchase: “Isle of Blood” by Rick Yancey (Amazon)
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Review:
      • “Isle of Blood” is a macabre adventure that ditches much of the series trademark gothic horror elements in favor of a globe-trotting mystery with a focus on character development.  Perhaps the change is merely a reflection of the ephemeral nature of the creature at the heart of the story, a mysterious beast whose only proof of existence is the poisonous “nests” and zombie-like wretches that it leaves in its wake.  Regardless of the reason, “Isle of the Blood’s” departure from the tried and true formula of the previous volumes ends up creating a tale that’s entertaining, but lacking much of the visceral punch of its predecessors.
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