Book Review: Ivory and Bone

Ivory and Bone  by Julie Eshbaugh

Series: Ivory and Bone 


Publication Date
: June 7 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

Rating: 4 stars

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. 

(I’m feeling a little off today, so this review is pretty short. It’s not my best work, but I tried)

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set in prehistoric times. I actually didn’t realize that it was until I looked at the synopsis again. 

The way the story was told was pretty interesting. 

“Why don’t you tell me a story?” 

― Julie Eshbaugh, Ivory and Bone

The majority (but not all) of it is told as a story to Mya by Kol, so it uses  words like you, and seems like it’s referring to the reader. It’s kinda nice because it’s like you’re part of the story. 

“But at this moment, this one word feels like the answer to every question:

You.” 

― Julie Eshbaugh, Ivory and Bone

The story itself is pretty interesting since the narrator doesn’t know who’s lying and who can be trusted. I can’t go too in detailed without spoiling some key details, so I’ll leave it at that. 
The writing is beautiful, and Julie Eshbaugh describes things so perfectly. She weaves magic into words. 

I liked Kol generally, but he’s not exactly one of my favorite characters. Mya is pretty badass, and definitely my favorite though she could use some loosening up.  There were times I really wanted to smack Peck. He has no tact. At all. 

I would reccomend this book to anyone looking for a good read, definitely if your a fan of Pride and Prejuidice. 

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