A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.
Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.
As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.
Kol is the first born son of highest elder in their clan, the clan leader. But despite him being an heir to his father’s post, he has to face the hindrances that are getting on his way including a visitor with a terrible misunderstanding and a neighboring clan with a viscous plan.
- It has an enticing writing style. Written like a storyteller’s tale, Ivory and Bone captures the romantic side of the story into a brand new level. It is so alluring that, it is as if the reader himself is the one who is listening to the story.
- The setting is very unique. It is very rare to have a novel set in the prehistorical period. However, despite that, the author still described the era perfectly. A well researched novel indeed.
- The ending is not a cliffhanger. Good for those who never liked cliffhangers. This book’s ending is concrete which makes me wonder what the next two books are about.
- The pacing of this novel is slow. If you are looking for a novel that has so many twists and turns every chapter, well, this is not the book for you.
- The blurb is quite misleading, or is it only me? For the time that I have been reading the book, the blurb has been one of the things that guided me through it all and I guess the blurb is the one that got me confussed while reading. Maybe I was just expecting for a major twist like a huge chunk of betrayal going on or something. (Laughs)
- There is something lacking in this book especially in the plot. As I have mentioned above, this book has so much potential yet, the author somehow failed to bring out the best of it. I won’t say that it’s lame. I like the book. I swear! But there is something lacking. I hope the rest of the trillogy fills that in. (Smiles)
All in all, this book one unique read. Though this novel has it’s own flaws, I really did enjoyed reading it. I recommend it to everyone who wants to read something that is set in a unique timeline.
Till my next review guys!
Julie Eshbaugh is the author of the upcoming 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.
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