This series is one of my favorites. Forget the fact that this is a sweet love story, it is set in prehistoric times with so much action.
In IVORY AND BONE Kol told his story about meeting Mya for the first time and falling in love. In OBSIDIAN AND STARS we get Mya’s point of view.
Mya travels to Kol’s clan to make her marriage intentions known. While she is there, her big brother Chev takes over and announces that little sister, Lees, will be marrying Morsk. Morsk is not a good choice for Lees to marry, especially since she is in love with someone else. In a desperate move, Lees and Mya run off to make Chev understand that Lees will not be married off. They end up on an island no one knows exists. It seems to be a good place to wait until they are faced with rival clans and so much danger. Will Mya and Kol ever get their happily ever after?
“That’s why I like the blackest nights-the darkest, obsidian skies of winter. When the world is coldest and darkest, the stars shine brightest.”
I have to give my hats off to Julie Eshbaugh for writing such tense fight scenes wrapped into such beautiful prose. This story is almost non-stop adventure right from the beginning. Every battle has authentic touches that never let me forget when we were. That thing I said in my review of IVORY AND BONE about the “dress”, forget I said that. Right away Mya is talking about her wedding dress and how she makes it. In fact, the dress and the tools are major factors in this story. Also, the world is vividly described so it’s as if I was right there.
Mya was such a mystery for me going into this story. I saw her the way Kol saw her and described her in IVORY AND BONE. She is a strong girl who values family above all else. Mya’s voiced proved her loyalty time and again. Mya wants to do the right things and will fight for justice. I am sad to say that this book is not written as if Mya is telling the story like the first book was. I loved that writing but this is a pretty good follow up.
The beautiful descriptive writing is still there, but in Mya’s POV. There was the introduction of a few new characters in this story which added to the story, and the clans. The big question after all the battles is how to remain true to their individual clans, aka family, while still becoming a couple. It doesn’t seem possible for these two distinct clans, with different traditions and customs to become one. I think the author solved this dilemma in the best way possible.
From what I understand, this will be the last book, so it ends up being a duo-logy instead of a trilogy. The ending in this book leaves no doubt that everything is as it should be for these characters. I really enjoyed these books. I felt they were wholly original and action packed.
Ivory and Bone series
1 copy of OBSIDIAN AND STARS by Julie Eshbaugh. US only, Ends 6/17/17. This giveaway is sponsored by the publisher.
Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh
Series: Ivory and Bone #2
Also in this series: Ivory and Bone
Published by HarperCollins on June 13th 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Historical, Prehistory, Family, General
Also by this author: Ivory and Bone
eARC provided by HarperCollins
In the riveting sequel to Ivory and Bone—the YA fantasy novel that New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman described as having 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 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 to her 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 their 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.
Rejecting Morsk’s offer, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya whisks Lees away to a secret island until things back home blow over. Mya soon realizes she’s been followed, however. Even worse, 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 resting on her shoulders, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.