[Review] Ivory & Bone: 4 out of 5 stars

27064385I listened to the Audible version of this book

Quick fire review

A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice. Sure, why not?

This is a very interesting idea that thankfully is executed very well. I really enjoyed the narrative style and thought Kol was a great leading man. Eshbaugh has crafted this beautiful world and a love story that is equal parts brutal and romantic. I can’t say I’ve read many books in this setting before and I think part of why I enjoyed this book so much is because it felt very refreshing – I was also digging the narrator’s voice.

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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.

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“Some people can see things with their hearts. Others need to see them with their eyes.”

 Basically I need to be a better note taker when I’m hitting up Audible so don’t expect too much of a comprehensive review – but definitely read this book!

I am not a fan of Pride & Prejudice (I know!) but if you are, there are some hidden gems in this book that will certainly make you happy.

This is a very interesting idea that thankfully is executed very well. I really enjoyed the narrative style and thought Kol was a great leading man. This is told through 2nd person narrative(?). Kol is constantly referencing Mya, the new girl on the scene, and manages to simultaneously talk about – and to – Mya throughout the entire book; constant references to ‘you’. It was very off putting to me in the beginning but once I adapted, which happened quickly, I fast became a fan of the way this story of love, family and deceit was told.

“You step out, leaving darkness and quiet and emptiness behind you. A void opens up in this room – opens up in my chest – from the lack of you.”

There are a lot of dynamic characters in this and for the most part, they’ve all got these dope names: Kol, Chev, Pek, Roon, Lo, Seeri, Mya and then some. I love when an author thinks outside of the box in terms of their characters names and personality traits.

The eldest son, Kol is a family man at heart but not as skilled at hunting as his younger brother, a point of contention in the beginning. Mya bursts on to the scene as this feisty ball of fire but she harbours this sweet sadness that made her all the more intriguing. The romance between Kol and Mya progresses and a nice pace and I didn’t for a second feel like these two characters had been thrown together for the sake of the story.

The world building in this is fan-fucking-tastic! I felt every raw landscape, could visualise every detail of Kol’s village and was completely captivated by the aesthetic of this world.

Eshbaugh has crafted this beautiful world and a love story that is equal parts brutal and romantic. I can’t say I’ve read many books in this setting before and I think part of why I enjoyed this book so much is because it felt very refreshing – I was also digging the narrator’s voice.

Have you read Ivory and Bone?

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2 thoughts on “[Review] Ivory & Bone: 4 out of 5 stars

  1. wordsandotherbeasts says:

    I’m so glad to hear you liked it! This is waiting on my wishlist but I’ve always been a little skeptical of it as I can imagine a Prehistoric setting would be quite difficult to write about. But I’m so happy that you thought the world-building was excellent!

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