*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 expedition to find the whereabouts of the maker of the nidus
, Typhoeus magnificum
aka “The Holy Grail of Monstrumology”
, which takes them across four continents, and culminating in The Isle of Blood
. In their journey, they meet literary personages, Arthur Conan Doyle and Arthur Rimbaud.
As with the previous books in the series, The Isle of Blood explores the nature of monsters and humans, and human monsters, but whereas the previous two explored this looking out, The Isle of Blood does this looking in. In The Monstrumologist, we have the Anthropapagi wreaking havoc in New Jerusalem, but were they truly evil for following their base instincts, or was it human avarice that’s truly to blame? In The Curse of the Wendigo, we have the Wendigo, a monster of the more supernatural bent, that lets us examine the dark side of love and the monsters it creates. In The Isle of Blood we read about what Will Henry calls das ungeheuer
,or the monster we keep tightly leashed inside; the things we’re capable of if we unleash that monster and retaining our humanity once that monster is unleashed.
Yes, our little Will Henry is not so little anymore. This is his coming of age book complete with the first stirrings of love. If this is Will Henry’s coming of age, then this is Warthrop’s book of reckoning. Yes, very dramatic but I can’t find a more appropriate term, he is after all after The Holy Grail of Monstrumology. Warthrop’s massive ego also gives him Athazagoraphobia
, a fancy sciency name for fear of being forgotten and this is Warthrop’s monster, but how does he, a monstrumologist dispel this fear when his profession necessitates it that he labor in darkness that the rest might live in the light
The Isle of Blood is breathtakingly atmospheric, Yancey takes us to four continents but the stand-outs are really the Aden Governorate and the island of Socotra, both in Yemen. I am astounded by the amount of research that Rick Yancey did for the setting, it was just perfect.I felt the undulating, dusty dry heat reeking of decomposing flesh and sweat of the Aden Governate, the isolation and strangeness of Socotra. The setting gets all the stars and some more.
It sounds awesome so far yes? It is very much so, but for distinction’s sake, I gave it 4.5, rounded down to 4 stars. I maybe the black sheep here, seeing that this is the fan favorite, but it’s my least favorite of the three I’ve read so far. There were parts that I thought, although necessary to provide comparison, made my eyes glaze over and there was that death. I’m not gonna say much because he had to die but dear Jesus it hurt. It hurt. I also did not like the way his death was carried out because well, he’s a hardened killer with instincts honed to never trust anyone, and then kablam.
Yes, yes, Martin Freeman I know that, but I am chest deep into Rick Yancey’s Monstrumologist world and it’s bringing forth the melodrama and some rage.
I’ve already mentioned this in my review for The Curse of the Wendigo, but I cannot say this enough. Only Rick Yancey can pull off this brand of prose, a bit purple with a touch of deadpan humor, and completely charming.
I’ll end this review right here because I’m starting The Final Descent, but I wanted to review The Isle of Blood minus the biases of whatever I find out in the culmination of the series, and I am frightened to find out how this ends. Or to be completely accurate, for this to end.
*P.S. Didn't really happen, but a girl can wish.***Monster Buddy Read with Vane & Haley*** Reply