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Obsidian and Stars Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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From the Back Cover
In this sequel to Ivory and Bone told from Mya’s point of view, the battle against Lo and the Bosha clan is over, and Mya is looking ahead to a life with Kol.
However, when Mya arrives at Kol’s camp to begin the betrothal festivities, Mya’s brother, Chev, announces his plan to marry his youngest sister, Lees, to his friend Morsk. After losing Mya to Kol’s clan, Chev hopes that marrying Lees to a fellow Olen member will help ensure the future strength of their tribe. Mya is horrified, and to protect her sister from a life of unhappiness, Mya runs away with Lees to a secret island. They can run, but they can’t hide for long—Chev and Kol arrive soon after. Morsk is in tow.
Just when it seems things couldn’t get worse, lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are coconspirators of Lo, looking to avenge her death and the deaths of all the fallen Bosha people. They want Mya dead—and they’ll kill anyone who gets in their way.
With her family and her betrothed’s lives on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.
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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. 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.
Effortlessly resonanting with timeless themes and harrowing action cinematics sure to freeze the blood and jelly the spine against the backdrop of an imagantively ancient, magnificently beautiful and immutably deadly stage, Obsidian and Stars from Julie Eshbaugh is a sequel so incredible it’s like getting your favorite band’s follow up album and going...wow. Wow! WOW!
Then you end up wondering if you like the first or second book better, because they’re so good...so different...but still...so harmonious. Two halves of one whole. The sun and the moon. The right and left hand...
Wait, am I talking about the books?
Or am I talking about Kol and Mya?
From the first word, the narrative belongs to Mya. Strong, dynamic, self-contained, tragically conflicted Mya. Lightining in a bottle Mya. Beautiful, passionate, perfectly flawed Mya, ready to begin a brand new life with the one she loves, only to find, all too soon, it is that very life-changing desicion she has made which will ignite the fuse of destiny and push her down a dark and dangerous path, fraught with enough life and death drama to steal the sleep of every reader who dares tread alongside Mya and her many tests and trials under the thumb of The Divine and the frozen cauldron of prehistoric betrothal and familial betrayal.
Bridezillas, eat your heart out.
This is drama.
Mya shocked me in all the best ways, because in Ivory and Bone, she is a puzzle of near mystical locks and keys. I didn’t know who she was as much as I knew how much Kol loved her. The nebulous beauty of her soul was like a swathe of stars in the sky, but...obscured by clouds. Covered. Hidden. But listening to her talk, and walking her walk, and feeling the immense burden placed upon her and sifting through her emotions and her senses, seeing with her eyes, I was struck with how much I could relate to her, and how much I knew her down to the depths of her darkest night.
How much she was a lot like me.
And maybe even a lot like you.
Whoever you may be, it’s very easy to like Obsidian and Stars. Especially if you’ve spent the time with Ivory and Bone, as Julie Eshbaugh’s skillfully sense-driven prose is as sure-handed, perfectly balanced and as razor sharp as a hunting spear, with act two of Mya and Kol and the Clans thrilling and satisfying and romantic to the very end.
My deepest gratitude and heart-felt thanks to Julie Eshbaugh and HarperTeen for this fantastic signed paperback ARC which makes me feel like...well, like a member of the family, pulling up a mat under the rippling bigtop of the communal mammoth-hide tent to share the marvelous magic of an amazing story.
Recommended for everyone.