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The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey
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Oct 21, 11

Read from October 11 to 20, 2011

This third installment was more philosophical in nature with most of the monster mayhem occurring in the beginning of the story, and the climax- two bookends propping up Will and Pellinore’s soul searching/trophy hunting trek around the globe. There’s less action overall, but the gore quotient is still high as evidenced in my favorite sentence in the book:

“The only thing in Mr. Kendall’s stomach was Mr. Kendall.”

At one point, it literally rains blood, which is always a great thing to have happen in any story.

Starting out as a quest for the holy grail of Monstrumology, Dr. Warthrop unintentionally finds the last vestiges of his humanity, and the moment feels honest and well-earned. His realization is a worthy motto everyone can aspire to:

“…but at least I stand upright in a fallen world.”

Young Will Henry, on the other hand, loses some of his humanity as he discovers his inner monster. There’s a lot of closure in the book, but it feels like there could be one more story to tell.

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