Ivory and Bone

Hardcover | June 7, 2016

byJulie Eshbaugh

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“Exquisitely written, ferocious, and haunting. Don’t miss this one!” —Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series

“Julie Eshbaugh is a unique new voice with talent enough for a whole team of writers. I’m still under the spell of her storytelling.”—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae and These Broken Stars

Loosely inspired by Pride and Prejudice, Ivory and Bone is an enthralling tale of high-stakes survival, blinding betrayal, and star-crossed love.

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 trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. What Kol doesn’t know is that underneath Mya’s cool disdain is 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 grows closer to 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.

With riveting action and illustrative prose that leaps from the page, Julie Eshbaugh will have readers mesmerized and thirsty for more…So don’t miss the sequel, Obsidian and Stars.

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“Exquisitely written, ferocious, and haunting. Don’t miss this one!” —Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series“Julie Eshbaugh is a unique new voice with talent enough for a whole team of writers. I’m still under the spell of her storytelling.”—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling co-author of I...

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The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future.Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.21 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006239925X

ISBN - 13:9780062399250

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Giselle at Book Nerd Canada Honestly, I requested this based on the cover and the title alone. Didn't even read the description because I love going into a book blind! And I was mildly surprised at how much I liked it. Some parts are told in second point of view and I didn't have a problem because I've read books with that viewpoint and loved it. Set in the prehistoric era I already knew I was going to finish this one, just from the setting alone. Julie Eshbaugh does a wonderful job of detailing the locations and setting up the minor story lines. Which isn't too much since it's all about the clans and how our main character needs to find a wife because naturally you need one in this age. It was funny reading about how a lack of girls was the main problem..Loved reading how a day in their lives were about because it is a lot of hard work. One is alway busy just trying to stay alive and to keep their family alive which is no easy task! The characters are a bit too one dimensional and I kind of wished there was more to each of them especially Lo who I pitied. I love the parallels of Pride and Prejudice in the entire book. It was quite fun finding out that the male character this time had the prejudice and the female character had all the pride. Even Kol's mother had similarities to Mrs. Bennett. I wanted to feel like the clan were in dire need of other clans and that their way of life would soon be over, but it wasn't the case. I also really loved his younger brothers. They were sweet and I wanted to see more of their relationships. Even Mya's younger sister was a joy to read. The romance is slow-burn so if you like that sort of thing, you'll probably like this. I love slow-burn romances and Kol and Mya were great. Overall, it's a finely written story and it made me grateful that I live in such a pampered and technology advanced era. RATING 3/5
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Giselle at Book Nerd Canada Honestly, I requested this based on the cover and the title alone. Didn't even read the description because I love going into a book blind! And I was mildly surprised at how much I liked it. Some parts are told in second point of view and I didn't have a problem because I've read books with that viewpoint and loved it. Set in the prehistoric era I already knew I was going to finish this one, just from the setting alone. Julie Eshbaugh does a wonderful job of detailing the locations and setting up the minor story lines. Which isn't too much since it's all about the clans and how our main character needs to find a wife because naturally you need one in this age. It was funny reading about how a lack of girls was the main problem..Loved reading how a day in their lives were about because it is a lot of hard work. One is alway busy just trying to stay alive and to keep their family alive which is no easy task! The characters are a bit too one dimensional and I kind of wished there was more to each of them especially Lo who I pitied. I love the parallels of Pride and Prejudice in the entire book. It was quite fun finding out that the male character this time had the prejudice and the female character had all the pride. Even Kol's mother had similarities to Mrs. Bennett. I wanted to feel like the clan were in dire need of other clans and that their way of life would soon be over, but it wasn't the case. I also really loved his younger brothers. They were sweet and I wanted to see more of their relationships. Even Mya's younger sister was a joy to read. The romance is slow-burn so if you like that sort of thing, you'll probably like this. I love slow-burn romances and Kol and Mya were great. Overall, it's a finely written story and it made me grateful that I live in such a pampered and technology advanced era. Though it also makes me feel like an incredibly lazy bum lol. RATING 3/5
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Keep Your Expectations Low What intrigued me about this book, above all else, was its role as a Pride and Prejudice retelling set in the Neolithic era (the later part of the Stone Age, or around 10,200-4,500 BC) with genders reversed. I was excited to read this book, to see how Eshbaugh interpreted the tale. While I certainly got the Pride and Prejudice vibe from the book, it just felt more like a ploy to draw attention to the story rather than a proper use of a good piece of literature. Anyone looking for a true Austen retelling won’t find it here, except in the very basic sense that there’s a romance and a silly misunderstanding. “Retelling” is clearly just a marketing buzzword when it comes to Ivory and Bone – simply a way to garner more attention and draw in readers. In conclusion, this book simply failed to inspire – either love or hate – in me as a reader. It was mostly boring, dull and tedious. While the narration was unique and intriguing, it quickly became confusing and irritating. At best, it’s a dry, awkward narrative and makes the storytelling difficult to understand in parts. Furthermore, the “romance”, and it’s inevitable problems and dramas, all felt very forced. Truly, nothing about this book seemed to flow. Overall, I really wouldn’t recommend this read, but if you must, be sure to keep your expectations low.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book has absolutely beautiful writing. Little details, broad descriptions, the beauty of the landscape, the personality of the characters; all of it comes through in the telling. It feels real, and very believable, as if you were sitting by the fire listening to Kol yourself. It has a gentle kind of suspense that doesn't stress you out but also keeps you reading. I loved this book, and absolutely loved Kol as a main character. He felt real. His interactions with other characters felt real. It was beautiful, and subtle, and interesting. It wasn't exactly a fantasy, but it also wasn't exactly historical fiction, either. It crossed genres. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to really feel what they're reading.
Date published: 2016-10-10

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