Book Review: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

ivory and bone

Ivory and Bone

Release date: June 7th 2016

3.5 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 was very intrigued by this premise since I haven’t read a lot of books set in prehistoric time. I love historical settings but this was a lot earlier than I was used to reading. It did a little getting used to, especially with the way the narration was, but once I got into the book, it flew by. I thought the clans, their politics, their beliefs, were interesting, especially when those beliefs differed between the clans.

Kol was not only an interesting character, he was one I felt a surprising connection with. Maybe it was him being the oldest child in his family, like I am. He was one of his clans main hunters but not the best one, he had no marriage prospects, so when a few people from another clan appeared, there was pressure on him to match with one of their girls. I really enjoyed his relationship with his brothers and his parents. The whole clan had a wonderful family feel to it. It was a world where you needed a strong clan to survive and Kol’s clan, while they did have struggles, were a tightly formed group.

Mya was a harder character to get to know, partly because the book was told in Kol’s POV and partly because Mya was a very private person. She was fiercely independent in a time when those traits made it almost impossible for her to be matched with someone. Lo was more of an open book but there were times when it felt like she wasn’t telling the whole story. It worked well between them to keep Kol guessing as to who was telling the truth about their interactions in the past.

The plot was a little more slow moving than I’m used to but I enjoyed the fact that it meant really setting the world and the clans’ politics. The last quarter or so of the book was very action-packed and tense. If I had had fingernails at the start of it, I wouldn’t have after I was finished.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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