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The Isle of Blood

(The Monstrumologist #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  4,711 ratings  ·  548 reviews

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 no
Hardcover, 538 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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The study of Aberrant Biological Specimens...aka...monsters...
Monster2 the purview of the Society for the Advancement of the Science of Monstrumology. Professor Pellinore Warthrop is the world’s foremost monstrumologist and, together with Will Henry, his teenage ward, the pair investigate the strange, mysterious and deadly biological phenomena of the 19th century.

A cross between Sherlock Holmes, the X-files, and the adventure tales of Jules Verne, with an added blanket of “lovecraftian” dread
I don't know if I can write a review that captures this book (always a problem for me with this amazing series) but it was a wholly absorbing, disturbing, meaningful experience, I can say that. This is one of the best stories out there, though I think it's struggled to find a (large enough) audience that gets its mix of literary/philosophical musing and outright gore and slow-building dread and shrieking horror. I think this series is becoming quite Lovecraftian, especially in its frame tale of ...more
Vanessa J.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone. People, please read this.

Review originally posted on Books With Chemistry (click to see it) on February 2015, but written on July 2014.

I wanted to tell you this is the very first book review I wrote. Aside from some corrections on obvious spelling and grammar mistakes, the review is the same. Basically, what I am telling you is that the impact this series caused on me was of such magnitude as to make me start my passion for reviewing. In other words, had I not read these books, you wouldn't probably even know about
"Everything is good in leaving the hands of the Creator of Things; everything degenerates in the hands of man." -Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 'Emile, or On Education'

God, this book gutted me. Absolutely gutted me. I'm not an emotional reader (or an emotional person), so I am incredibly surprised at how much this affected me. I didn't just cry over this, I wept- four times. Sobs and everything.

Usually I like to really analyse and pick apart the books I read- consider the book's plot, characters, setti
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
*Rick Yancey: Hey Tash, how are you after The Isle of Blood?

That is to say, I am not. Not fine at all.

Three months after the events of The Curse of the Wendigo, Warthrop and Will go back to their normal (or as normal as a Monstrumologist’s household goes) routine, until they receive a delivery from Jack/John Kearns. This package contains a nidus, a zombie plague bearing bowl made from human body parts, held together by mucous.

You are quite welcome for that visual.

Warthrop and Will embark on an e
Paige  Bookdragon
Rick Yancey:


I realized I have to write a review for this one because Tash and I are going to meet soon and we need something to talk fangirl.

The Isle of Blood is the 3rd book in the story and I think this one is the game changer. A lot of things happened in this book and I'm still feeling the aftermath of Yancey's madness.

This book is extreme. Loyalties were tested. Humanity was strained and emotions are rushing like a tsunami.

Will Henry's part in this book is equally heart breaking and horri
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY. Once you can handle lots of gore.
I don't know what to say right now, except that from start to finish, that was absolutely insane and absolutely incredible.

I'll do a full review when my heart stops feeling like it will explode. 😭
Caidyn (he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

CW: murder and graphic descriptions of gore

With this reread, this book drops off my favorites shelf on Goodreads. It’s obviously a very good book, but it wasn’t as good as my memory made it up to be.

Not much has changed for Will Henry. Dr. Warthrop still is the same man, doing the same odd things. One day, they get a knock on the door from a frantic man who says that he was poisoned and only Warthrop can give him the cure. He has with him a gift from anot
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, re-read, horror
Once again I absolutely loved this book, a great instalment in the series and an opening to themes and character developments that were not pursued in the first two books.

What I liked most about this novel is that it brought the focus away from the actual monsters that Pellinor and Will hunt and instead focused on the relationship between the two as well as showing the people they are without each other's influence. While Will is away from his mentor you really get to know him better and see the
Orrin Grey
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Rick Yancey's Monstrumologist books are some of the most impressive horror novels I've ever read. There, I said it. The second book wasn't quite as good as the first, but I think this one knocks it right back up to the top.

I've mentioned in my reviews of the previous volumes how incredibly gruesome, gory, and grim these books can be. Surprisingly, given the nature of the monster being hunted in this one, this may be the least gruesome (or maybe I'm just getting used to it), but it also pays off
Haley Nguyen
Update September 1st, 2015. (Or September 2nd where I live)

4.5 DISTURBING stars

*** BUDDY READ WITH THE LOVELIES TASH & VANE (Click for their fantastic and more well-constructed reviews).

Why disturbing, you may ask?

Well, apart from the gore, which, both thankfully and pitifully, doesn't occupy as much room in this third installment of the series as the previous two did, Will Henry's character development proves one of the most disturbing and enthralling characters ever created.


The Isle of B
Brigid ✩
I'm probably going to rush somewhat through this review. First of all, I have a much longer review to do and I want to get to that. Secondly, I've already reviewed the first two books and I don't have many different things to say about this one ... (Um, also I read the second and third ones so close together that I'm kind of getting them mixed up, but I'LL TRY NOT TO.)

Anyway. This book is fantastic, just like the two books before it. (I'm also quite surprised that this has less than 600 ratings
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
The monsters in this were more of the psychological kind. I only realized this halfway through the book and it explained why there wasn't much of a monster hunt. I couldn't really get behind how the relationship between Will Henry and Warthrop changed. It was all very strange. On top, I found the ending to be unsatisfying. All in all, very meh. ...more
Neal Shusterman
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Monstrumologist series continues strong, and continues to get darker. I love listening to these books, although I’m always relieved when I’m done, as it’s hard to be in such a dark place for so long! The characters are so well-drawn, I really have to hand it to Rick Yancey.
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-favorites
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers:

For two years, William James Henry has lived with and served the most preeminent Monstrumologists the world has ever known, Dr. Pellinore Xavier Warthrop. For two years, he has skittered around the abyss of ultimate darkness, narrowly averting the onslaught of Anthropophagi and the madness of the Outiko, all in service to the Monstrumologist, who is the only thing young Will has in the world. In The Isle of Blood,
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Love this entire series. Would make a great Netflix original. Great writing and the main characters are reminiscent of Watson and Holmes, not because they solve crimes but because of their complicated relationship.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wonderful
just like the first two books, it was wonderful.
the literature was exquisite and beautiful, the characters were also professionally created.
a perfect experience
Rayna  Del Rivas
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Yancey's most magnificent yet?

My devotion to the Monstrumologist series grows with each superbly crafted novel that Yancey writes. In drafting this review, I wrestle only with this query: is Isle of Blood equal to or greater than the previous installments? I may never figure the answer to that, just as I may never figure out how I will be able to wait for the next one - which appears to be another 9 months from now. Sigh. Simon and Schuster should really rethink their decision to end this uniqu
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it

I am going to miss reading about the Monstrumologist and his adventures.

I loved (almost all of) the characters. Steven Boyer is one of the most talented narrators I have ever heard. He does so many characters, both male and female, with several realistic accents. I always knew which character was speaking, and believed them to be actual individual people.

The story is interesting, humorous, and exciting.

I'm sad that I have only one more book to read in this tetralogy.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow. I read this and then the next book in the series back to back and that is all I have to say right now. Wow. Rick Yancey blew my mind. Let's focus on book #3 right now though.

Will Henry is now 13 (still small) and still serving the doctor. He starts to realize that a part of himself is becoming cold and hard due to the things he has seen and the things he has done. We once again get shifting perspectives of Will as the writer at 13 and Will as an old man looking back.

"The Isle of Blood" star
Wendy F
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, favorites
"There are only three real causes of death, Will Henry. The first is accidents-diseases, famines, wars, or like what befell your parents. The second is old age. And the third is ourselves-our slow suicides. Show me a man who cannot control his appetites, and I will show a man living under a death sentence."

This is another series where I spend so much time wavering between 4 stars and 5 stars. I'd definitely say it's 4.5, solidly. I'm just not sure how many stars should represent my thoughts
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
So far, my favourite entry in the series. Things went from humorous to dark, but, Dear Lord, Yancey knows how to write.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Like many fans of Rick Yancey's Monstrumologist series I was truly gutted when I read that his publisher had decided not to extend his contract beyond three books. From what I could make out, this decision came quite late, after Mr Yancey had completed the third book, thus not giving him the opportunity to finish telling the story of Will Henry. Of course, this rather low moment was followed several weeks later by a massive high when it was announced that Simon and Schuster had decided to extend ...more
Stephen the Librarian
"It is the magnificum. It lives in that space between spaces, in that spot one ten-thousandth of an inch outside your range of vision. You cannot see it. It sees you. And when it sees you, it does not see you. It has no conception of you. There is magnificum and nothing else.” (excerpt from The Isle of Blood)

Like the previous Monstrumologist books, The Isle of Blood is yet another satisfying entry in the spine-chilling series. Horrifically grotesque, eloquent written, and existentially complex,
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is just oh so good... I don't read many YA books but this series is my favorite so far.
I'm eager to know what happens in the fourth and final book but I hate for the series to end.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Soooo. The Curse of the Wendigo, the second book in the Monstrumologist series Blew. Me. Away. I was expecting this last instalment to blow me away, too, and I'm glad to say that in many ways, it definitely did.

I read The Isle of Blood on my laptop, and this eARC was 562 friggin' pages long. And lately I've discovered that reading humongous books on my laptop puts me in a really bad mood. However, I wanted to read this book badly enough that I decided to just give it a go. And surprisingly, the
That was just not very good. I'm not sure what happened between The Curse of the Wendigo and this one, but it wasn't anything good. I am disappoint.

2 stars, plus a full range of emotion towards the last book in the series, which I'm going to read, for better or for worse.


Oh, you sweet, summer child. I'm writing this review actually after I've just finished The Final Descent, and let me tell you, this series went straight down the toilet in that last entry. It was utterl
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gifts, 2012, fantasy, ya, horror
Original post from One More Page

I'm not a super-fast reader, but some friends tell me I have a pretty fast reading pace. I've been pretty slow lately, though, but for young adult books with a max of 500 pages, I know I can finish it in a week or two weeks, tops. Which is why I feel slightly terrible when I realized that it took me two months to finish one book from a series that I really like. In my defense, I was reading this together with The Historian while NaNoWriMo-ing, and then life an
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Cross posted to The BiblioSanctum

After having positive experiences with both the first two books in The Monstrumologist series, I eagerly anticipated getting my hands on the third book. This probably explains why I wasn't entirely prepared for my disappointed reaction when I finished. Don't get me wrong; on it's own and outside any biases or pre-conceived notions, this book is a solid horror novel for young adults. But compared to the The Monstrumologist
"We are hunters all. We are, all of us, monstrumologists."

Dear Mr. Yancey,

You are absolutely brilliant. If I could give this book a million stars, trust me, I would. Year after year, I think your genius has reached a limit, a new height it would be impossible to top, but then you come and deliver this novel and you have proved that each installment can only be, impossible as it seems, even better than the one that preceded it. I am fully aware I am fangirling, but your books deserve it and if I
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aka Richard Yancey.

Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Ex

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