Title: Obsidian and Stars (Ivory and Bone #2)
Author: Julie Eshbaugh
Published: 13 June 2017 | Harper Teen
Date Read: 11 June 2017
In the sequel to Ivory and Bone—the prehistoric fantasy novel that New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman described as a “richly crafted world of life-and-death stakes”—the story shifts to Mya’s viewpoint as vengeful adversaries force her to flee the life she once knew.
After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.
Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.
With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.
*ARC Kindly provided by Harper Teen thru Edelweiss and FFBC for review*
Ivory and Bone is one of the YA books that I’ve read last year that left its mark on me what with its prehistoric setting and all the tribes and clans. I loved that first installment to this series that’s why I’m so ecstatic to be given a chance to read Obsidian and Stars a bit earlier that its release date and you guys and girls, its definitely worth the wait!!!
I’m going to start this off by giving my kudos to the author Julie Eshbaugh for keeping me at the edge of my seat for most the time that I am reading Obsidian and Stars. Not even into 20% of the story, my adrenaline is already pumped-up! It was non-stop heart stopping adventures and fight-scenes.
Obsidian and Stars was told in a new POV that is of Mya’s. If you can still remember, the first book was told in Kol’s POV. Mya’s POV was so much different than of Kol’s but I do enjoy getting to know her – how she values her family more than anything and how strong-willed she is to fight for what’s right and of justice. Reading on Mya’s perspective also gives us a different view on her and Kol’s relationship – their chemistry is still undeniably there! *wink*
The story was supposed to focus on Mya and Kol’s wedding until an unexpected thing happened and Mya needs to save her younger sister. And from there, more trouble seems to come their way. The plot twists and the unexpected things that happened are what really makes me love this book.
As much as the 1st book Ivory and Bone intrigued me, I enjoyed reading Obsidian and Stars so much more. I also love how the vividness of the author’s description and her prose is still present on this story. As I’ve mentioned already, the actions kept me at the edge of my seat most of the time. Obsidian and Star was fast-paced and really an enjoyable read.
The story wrapped-up nicely though there are still questions in me that are left unanswered, nevertheless, it was a bitter sweet ending for me. I’ve read that this will be the last book for this series – making it a duology instead of a trilogy – but I’m excited to see what’s more that is instore for us from Julie Eshbaugh.
Julie Eshbaugh is the author of Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.