Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh | Review

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Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh | ReviewIvory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Series: Ivory and Bone #1
Published by HarperTeen on June 7, 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 371
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Two clans. Only one will survive.

The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future.

Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival.

Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in the tangle of their pasts.

When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along.

(Last Updated On: May 31, 2022)
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Ivory and Bone was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 and I definitely was not disappointed!

The novel takes place way back in the prehistoric age of clans. Kol is part of one of these clans, though he is wondering if perhaps it’s time to start moving because they are running low on food.  His mother is also pushing him to find a wife. However, one day Kol meets Mya, and the story really picks up from there, even though Mya starts off hating Kol!

I thought I’d begin with why I really wanted to check this book out. Well, the main reason was that it took place in an era that I never really read about! I’ve never walked into a bookstore and found a fictional novel that takes place during the prehistoric age with clans that also featured romance. I mean, come on! It’s such a unique and intriguing premise, isn’t it?!

I loved Kol and Mya as characters and definitely got the Pride and Prejudice vibes, which was awesome, especially having just learned so much about Pride and Prejudice in one of my classes at school. I feel like most of the story revolves only around their relationship though, so it was kind of like a prehistoric romance. If you’ve not read Pride and Prejudice, that’s completely okay! I think this story will be enjoyable for everyone.

One of the coolest things about this book is that its part of a duology. I’ve never actually read a duology, though I know for sure that I’ll be checking out the second book after that ending!

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About Julie Esbaugh, the author of Ivory and Bone:

Julie Eshbaugh is a YA writer and former filmmaker. She made two short films and then spent several years producing an online video series for teens which received several honors from the Webby Awards. Her YA fantasy standalone, CROWN OF OBLIVION, was released by HarperTeen in November 2019. She is also the author of IVORY AND BONE (HarperTeen 2016) and OBSIDIAN AND STARS (HarperTeen 2017).

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