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.
About the Author
Julie Eshbaugh lives in Philadelphia after having called Utah, France, and New York City home. Early on, Julie focused her artistic energies on filmmaking and online video. 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. Creating videos for teens led to writing novels for teens, and Julie has never looked back. Obsidian and Stars is the sequel to her debut novel, Ivory and Bone. You can learn more about her writing escapades on Twitter @JulieEshbaugh and on her website, www.julieeshbaugh.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am completely captivated by the setting of these books. It is so original. I’ve never read, or even heard of, another book set during this time period, and I am so impressed by the level of creativity that Julie displays not only in the premise of the story, but in the execution of it as well. When I first reviewed Ivory and Bone, the first book in the series, I gave it a four-star rating. After finishing Obsidian and Stars though, I went back and bumped it up to a five-star, because in reading this book, I feel like I was better able to grasp the real brilliance of the first book as well. Julie has such different approaches to the telling of each story. In Ivory and Bone, Kol narrates the story using second-person pronouns. This isn’t something you see done often in literature, and it is something that has to be done with such skill in order to pull readers in, but in that book it truly feels like Kol is telling us a story, bringing it to life and making readers feel as if they are Mya. It’s absolutely beautiful and so impressive. In Obsidian and Stars, the POV switches, and we get to see this story from Mya’s point of view. I very much enjoyed reading from her perspective. Mya is so intelligent, and she exhibits such strength of body, mind, and soul throughout the story. She is just a phenomenal female lead. And while Julie did not use the second-person pronouns in Obsidian and Stars that I so enjoyed in Ivory and Bone, she has taken a more plot-driven approach to this novel that I enjoyed just as much. This book is action-packed. There is blood, and tragedy, and romance, and it moves at a much faster pace than the first book did. I truly love them both for different reasons. One of the really neat things about these books is that they’re set in a prehistoric time period, and there are so many elements that do feel so true to the era. But at the same time, there is this overarching tone to them that very much reads like a Regency romance and is just so much fun. Julie exhibits such skill in these books. I love to see the different writing techniques she employs to craft these stories, and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us in the future!
Obsidian and Stars was another brilliant story in this duology. I am sad to leave this fantastical world behind, but I am in love with how both stories were a perfect balance to each other. "The stars in the obsidian sky may be beautiful, but they show the past, not the future." In Ivory and Bone we are told the story from Kol’s perspective, and the fascinating part is we are listening to him tell the story of how he first met Mya to her for the majority of the timeline. In Obsidian and Stars, we are moved forward in the timeline and now experience a new story from Mya’s POV. Mya isn’t telling us the story like Kol did, which I loved, but I still devoured every page. This is just one part of what makes these books so original, but also that it is technically prehistoric fiction but written in the most poetic, contemporary voice. Mya had a very mysterious and closed off attitude in book one, so I was so curious to see how I would feel about her now. From the very beginning you can still feel her struggle of reconciling her grudges while knowing she was in love with Kol. Mya is determined and selfless. She would do anything for her family and her clan. She has put them above herself all her life, and now when she finally wants something for her, she again puts it all on the line in hopes of bettering her family. I absolutely love Kol, he is passionate and smart. My heart was so heavy for him. He knew Mya was the one for him, but he never expected to deal with all this intensity at the start of their budding relationship. Kol wears his emotions on his sleeve and is the complete foil to a closed-off Mya. I hate that he has been dealing with so much love and loss, but it seems this is the way of life for these clans. Without giving away too much, I can tell you that this book is bloody. There are epic battles with mammoths, with clans, with the elements, and within themselves. I couldn’t stop reading, the exciting plot combined with the most beautiful prose. As much as I am sad to let these characters go, I feel complete after finishing Obsidian and Stars. This is truly an epic romance, set in prehistoric times, where life and death is the core component, but you have to remember that love conquers all. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves an alluring world filled with elegant writing.