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Product Details

  • Series: The Monstrumologist (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416984526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416984528
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* "The relationship between Will and his master has never been more complex...Yancey’s skill as a stylist cannot be denied."--Booklist, starred review

* "Articulately literary, horrifically grotesque and mind-bendingly complex, Yancey’s trilogy conclusion might be the best of the Monstrumologist trilogy. His 19th-century dialogue and descriptions run even smoother than the previous two titles, and his characters have grown deeply complex. He deftly blurs lines between science and the supernatural, and what results is a long, dark-night-of-the-soul journey for both Will Henry and Pellinore that is certain to turn the hearts and the stomachs of every reader who dares open its pages."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A wonderful mix of period fiction and gothic horror"--The Horn Book

"An excellent addition to an amazing series. The language is perfect, era-appropriate, and wryly humorous. The details are gruesome and horrific and not for the squeamish. The action is exciting and well-paced. The characters, their relationships, and the moral dilemmas they face, however, are the true hub of the story. Warthrop is gorgeously complex—at turns petulant and enthusiastic, selfish and giving, frighteningly intelligent, then blinded by ambition. But it is Will Henry who grows in this story, as he starts truly becoming a man...This is a wonderful book, and readers will yearn for the next in the series."—VOYA

About the Author

Rick Yancey is the author of The Monstrumologist, The Curse of the Wendigo, The Isle of Blood, and The Final Descent. He is also the author of The Fifth Wave series. Rick lives with his wife Sandy and two sons in Gainesville, Florida. Visit him at RickYancey.com.

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Beautifully written, and a wonderfully horrific story.
Bibliophile
In Rick Yancey's The Isle of Blood, the third book in the Monstrumologist series, you get to see just how far Warthrop will take his young apprentice, Will Henry.
OpheliasOwn
If you've read the other Monstrumologist books, Isle of Blood is another satisfying entry into the series.
Amanda

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mollip on September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Forget the "Young Adult" categorization; Rick Yancey's Monstrumologist series is one of the masterpieces of the genre, and should appeal to anyone who loves great storytelling of any sort. Thrilling plot, endearing characters, and quite simply *gorgeous* prose that outshines not only anything being published in YA, but most novels, period. When writing combines fun, edge-of-your-seat storytelling with deep insights into human nature and lush prose that sometimes borders on poetry, the effect is simply breathtaking.

I'm not going to make a "So and so meets so and so" author comparison, because Yancey populates his own league, and often the authors people compare Yancey to are inferior. If you've gotten this far (this is the third installment in a series, though each story is self-contained), you know what I'm talking about. If somehow you came across this book before The Monstrumologist, I actually envy you. Start there, and thank me later.

For those already familiar with the series looking to see if they should pick this one up as well...frankly I doubt anyone like that exists, because you probably had this on pre-order months ago. But yes, Rick is in top form. Get excited for the UPS truck to arrive (or click that download button, post haste).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on September 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was so sad when I read that Isle of Blood was going to be the last in Rick Yancey's bone chillingly awesome Monstrumologist series. Turns out that the series didn't do as well as the publisher hoped, so after three books, they're calling it quites. I really hate to see such a unique, well-constructed and downright scary series end this way. Not only does it seem like there is so much more life left in Will Henry's story, but the story ends on a mild cliffhanger than hints at there being something more. However, after fan outcry -the publisher agreed to a fourth monstromologist book -so Will Henry lives!

Isle of Blood, just like the other Monstrumologist novels, begins with the frame of Yancey editing a collection of folios written by the real Will Henry about his adventures. But this time, fingers go even further, as our tenacious narrator digs deeper into Will Henry's life and tries to figure out exactly who he was. As part of the investigation, he dives back into more of Will Henry's folios. This time, the folios tell the story of Will Henry being left behind as the eccentric Monstrumologist goes off to hunt the "Holy Grail" of Monstrumology. When Akwright returns, claiming that Will Henry's mentor is dead, Will Henry is thrown into an exciting new adventure that will take him to the Isle of Blood and beyond.

If you've read the other Monstrumologist books, Isle of Blood is another satisfying entry into the series. Filled with edge-of-your-seat action, spine-chilling horror and great characters, Isle of Blood is a satisfying book, even though fans are left wanting more.

As for those who haven't read the previous novels, you'd be really lost if you started out here, so I'd recommend starting with The Monstrumologist. Trust, with all the exciting horror and incredibly well-written action and characters, these books are absolutely worth your time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By aaa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It cheers me greatly that Simon and Schuster have come to their senses and that we call now all look forward to a fourth volume.

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That said, let's talk about "The Isle of Blood'.

I thought Yancy made some dramatic and sweeping changes with this book. Gone is the child-William Henry and his perspective. In this book William Henry is more of a person who initiates actions, instead of just reacts to the events as they unfold. We also get more details of Pellinore's life before he lost James, and became a guardian.

Even the nature of the horror involved is different. It is no longer the simple gruesome action of "The Monstrumologist". Instead we are offered material with more philosophical depth.

I enjoyed this book and I enjoyed the points that Yancy was making. I will say though that this book creeps somewhat out of what I might consider normal 'YA' territory with it's mature take on the nature of universe.

Very well written. Yancy has converted me to a lifelong fan.

Pam T~
mom/#kidlit blogger
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By Audrey Anderson on February 6, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This tale was about the search for The magnificum - the monster of monsters - the faceless one. It begins when Dr. Warthrop receives a package to to preserve and protect. Inside is a Nidus - a nest made of human parts which cannot touch the skin or else the person doing so begins to degenerate in mind and body and becomes something like a zombie. The man bringing it got curious. Will Henry is left to watch him when he tears away his restraints and comes after Will Henry. He is dispatched with a gun but not before Will Henry has been touched - another way to pass on this horrible transformation. The Dr. quickly sizes the situation up and chops off the finger that has touched the zombie-like creature. Then they are off to chase the magnificum, which make the nests. The writer's characters were more philosophical in this book than I remember any of them being. Also, there was a kind of theme of - you've been punked. It starts with the man bringing the package and then happens more than a couple more times. There is also a struggle for Will Henry who loves and hates the doctor at once sometimes, for the Dr. leaves him with his mentor and takes another. Will Henry feels betrayed and knows something is not right and realizes that the Dr. had been punked. Will Henry hooks back up with him but is untrusting that he will not be left again. In their relationship the reader can see that although the doctor's treatment of him is disdainful in some ways and thoughtless in many ways, he truly cares for Will in his own way. We also see Will move from assistant into the dark side of being a monstrumologist. They get to the Isle where they believe it is hold up and sure enough they witness some of the lore surrounding it for themselves - red rain (blood and body parts) for one. I cannot tell the end or I would ruin it because you will find you've been punked as well - but not in a bad way - just different from previous books.
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