[Review] Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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.


This book. THIS BOOK. Wow. From the first sentence I was amazed. How can you not be amazed by Ivory and Bone. This is the first book that I have ever known to be set in PREHISTORIC times. DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG I HAVE WAITED TO READ SOMETHING THAT IS PREHISTORIC YA!?! Honestly my wish has been answered. I wonder why more authors don't dive in to the area of prehistoric fantasy. (Note to self: Well if you complain about the lack of prehistoric fantasy then go write one). 

(Note to self self: I want to write a historic fantasy but not a prehistoric, yet)

From the prologue I knew this was going to be a fantastic read. Do you know why? This might be a bit spoilerly, but you'll understand after reading the prologue; Ivory and Bone is told through the eyes of the main character, Kol. But what makes it unique is that he is telling a story, that has happened in the past, to another another character. It is evident in the use of "you" and "your" and I just find this so unique. It is like Kol is telling you the story, but it is actually to one of the other main character. I'm awed at how the author could pull it off. 

I actually adored each character, especially Kol. He is brave and selfless and even though Mya keeps pushing him away, he is determined to prove his loyalty and worth to her. I can definitely see the Pride and Prejudice vibes through Ivory and Bone. 

Ivory and Bone's plot is character driven. Each character is trying to discover the truth of who they are and adapt to the ever changing environment around them. I love the depth and research that has been done to create Ivory and Bone. And after that ending, I need book 2 now. 

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