The Isle of Blood

William James Henry

Yancey, Richard

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Isle of Blood
When Dr. Warthrop goes hunting for the "Holy Grail of Monstrumology" in 1888, twelve-year-old orphan Will Henry follows him to Socotra, plunging into depths of horror worse than anything he has experienced so far.

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Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2011
ISBN: 0857070177
Branch Call Number: y YANCEY 2011
Characteristics: 538 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm


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Sep 11, 2014
  • Kyanite rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'll admit it took me a little while to get into the first book in this series, though it did eventually hook me. The second book was good as well, but this volume is something else entirely. It has a depth of characterization that is somewhat rare in YA fiction, and is also uncharacteristically thought-provoking for the genre. I was very impressed.

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Like "Curse of the Wendigo," "Isle of Blood" takes a cerebral turn. Despite gore aplenty -- skinless monsters, nests made of human flesh, etc. -- the main thrust of the book is to explore the darkness within. I actually prefer the more visceral -- "chased by monsters" style of the first book. Don't judge me! Also, while Will Henry's character grows and develops over the course of the series, any character development on Dr. Warthrop's part seems to be completely erased by the time the next book rolls around. What the heck?

Apr 01, 2013
  • JACK_FROST rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Finished reading this novel and I'm still taken by it. "The Isle of Blood" to me seemed to have more humor than the previous two novels, but still retained some gory moments. This part of the series focused more on Will Henry's darker side which was very refreshing after what had happened in the second book with Warthop. Currently I am waiting for the next book to be on the self.

*Readers keep your eyes peeled for the fourth and final book "The Final Descent" planned to be released on September 10, 2013

Sep 11, 2012
  • yd12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Practically the best book on the planet! It was quirky, funny, and the action scenes were really believable. The character development is spectacular. It's also really... deep as if it able to convey different parts of life. The language and writing style were intricate and amazing. Everyone in the world should read it and so should, well...aliens. If martians read it, I'm pretty sure they'd have a very good opinion of Earth people. Read it.

Feb 29, 2012
  • mary1rocks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

OMG! i loved every bit of this book and all its twists and turns.This is better than all the other books in the series put together. So well written and so well done i really want another book to be as amazing as this one. If your looking for the perfect book to read over and over again here it is!!!!


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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The modern master of Gothic horror returns...and there was much rejoicing. In this volume, Dr. Warthrop actually leaves his assistant Will Henry behind with his former teacher as he embarks on the most dangerous mission of his career -- to find Typhoes Magnificum, the Questing Beast of monstrumology, which has never been seen. Will finally gets to experience normal family life, and leaves it behind to save the doctor when he is reported to have died in action. Along the way, Will confronts the growing darkness in his own heart.


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