Obsidian and Stars

Obsidian and Stars In the sequel to Ivory and Bone the prehistoric fantasy novel that New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman described as a richly crafted world of life and death stakes the story shifts to Mya s

  • Title: Obsidian and Stars
  • Author: Julie Eshbaugh
  • ISBN: 9780062399281
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the sequel to Ivory and Bone the prehistoric fantasy novel that New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman described as a richly crafted world of life and death stakes the story shifts to Mya s viewpoint as vengeful adversaries force her to flee the life she once knew.After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya isIn the sequel to Ivory and Bone the prehistoric fantasy novel that New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman described as a richly crafted world of life and death stakes the story shifts to Mya s viewpoint as vengeful adversaries force her to flee the life she once knew.After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place But the same night as Kol and Mya s betrothal announcement, Mya s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees place and marry him herself Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she s been followed Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.

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    1. So what is Obsidian and Stars?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 goingwow. Wow! WOW! Then you end up wondering if you like the first or second book better, because they’re so good d [...]

    2. I listened to this on audio and I really don't think that format suited it. Or at least the narrator didn't do it any favors. It was narrated by Suzanne Elise Freeman and while her dialogue was fine, she read the long stretches of descriptions in a pretty lifeless way that didn't engage me at all, particularly during action scenes. I zoned out very easily and know that I did not absorb this story as much as I did the first book, which I read in print.It's hard to tell whether all of my issues wi [...]

    3. [2.5 stars] If you caught my recent review of Ivory and Bone, you’ll remember me saying I really enjoyed the book, but had a few issues with the logistics feeling a bit forced. Eshbaugh was modeling the story after Pride and Prejudice, trying to follow the same basic storyline. My hope going into Obsidian and Stars was that it would feel a little more organic and free-flowing – which it actually did. The trouble is, I found a different set of issues to complain about long the way…Obsidian [...]

    4. Crazy fast-pace happenings in this installment! I am actually really enjoying this series. Now to wait another year for the next installment. Sigh.

    5. This book 😍😍 loved it. sooo many times it brings you thru the feels, the roller coaster ride of emotion. I enjoyed book 1 but really loved book 2 story has action thru the whole book things I love. And this book shows even more friends stick together no matter what.

    6. I am so fortunate to have received an ARC of this amazing book ahead of the presses! Eshbaugh completely floored me with the first installment of this series, and I knew I had a lot to look forward to with the second book. I award this book 4.5 stars.Because the first book ended so perfectly and without a cliffhanger, I was wondering (and I'll admit a little worried) about how Eshbaugh would continue the story in the sequel. I shouldn't have worried--she got me to love a prehistoric fantasy afte [...]

    7. See my full review and much more on my blog KissinBlueKarenI have to give my hats off to Julie Eshbaugh for writing such tense fight scenes wrapped into such beautiful prose. This story is almost non-stop adventure right from the beginning. Every battle has authentic touches that never let me forget when we were. That thing I said in my review of IVORY AND BONE about the “dress”, forget I said that. Right away Mya is talking about her wedding dress and how she makes it. In fact, the dress an [...]

    8. Ever since Luke Taylor introduced me to Ivory and Bone #1, I've been waiting for the second to be published. And I saw it for sale here in Halifax, so I was really excited! Mya's adventures take a turn for the dramatic and gripping when she discovers that she might have to marry someone she doesn't love in order to spare her sister the burden. The story has changed slightly but it's still the same style Eshbaugh used prior that made me love her first novel. If you love fantasy, this is certainly [...]

    9. I am completely captivated by the setting of these books. It is so original. I've never read, or even heard of, another book set during this time period, and I am so impressed by the level of creativity that Julie displays not only in the premise of the story, but in the execution of it as well.When I first reviewed Ivory and Bone, the first book in the series, I gave it a four-star rating. After finishing Obsidian and Stars though, I went back and bumped it up to a five-star, because in read [...]

    10. No spoilers in this review! I give it 4 stars. I love re-visiting characters in which I’ve witnessed growth and development. It’s why I love to read series, and this is definitely the case with Kol and Mya, our two mains in this book. They have more growing to do in Obsidian and Stars, but as I read I realized just how far they’ve come since the beginning of Ivory and Bone.The book opens with Mya sailing for the Manu camp. She’s wearing an intricately made piece of clothing she hopes wil [...]

    11. I really liked Ivory and Bone so I was really excited to read the next book and find out what happened in the next installment. And this was just a good a piece of historical fiction, full of drama and adventure.My favorite thing about this book was my favorite thing about the the first book, the setting. This is a book set in prehistoric times. It such a fascinating period and makes a brilliant location for a book. Julie Eshbaugh has definitely done a heck of a lot of research when it comes to [...]

    12. My biggest issue with this book was: it was completely unnecessary. It felt like the author just added to Ivory And Bone because she wasn't ready to say goodbye to the world and the characters. However, in choosing to keep writing the series, she created problems that were too flimsy, that didn't really hold up.So (view spoiler)[ having a war between clans because of a girl that was met on an island to where the main character and her sister flee to so that the sister doesn't have to marry a guy [...]

    13. I'd like to start off by saying that I loved the first book of this series. The second book was also very well written, but some of the subplots were a bit lack luster for me. The second book took on a slightly more "Pride & Prejudice" tone than the first one did and I felt as though the author just didn't retain the same writing style I fell in love with in the first book. Maybe it was due to the change in point of view, or maybe it was due to the direction of the plot regardless, I still t [...]

    14. True Rating 4.5 stars!Obsidian and Stars is the second book in the Ivory and Bone series. I did enjoy the first book, Ivory and Bone, but this book was much more enjoyable to me. The way the story is written is beautiful and detailed. The pacing is of a slower nature but I was okay with that because this story followed around a prehistoric clan and it just felt natural to me. From the start, I was captivated and loved that the story was written from Mya’s point of view. Having met Kol in the f [...]

    15. Obsidian and Stars follows Mya as she begins a hopeful journey to Kol's clan as a means of introducing an engagement. Problems arise and suddenly she has to make a choice, lose her sister forever, or lose Kol in one way but not another. Hopeful she can still have them both, she runs away with her sister to show her brother a lesson, to let him know that her sister deserves to marry her love as well. Nothing goes as planned, however.Much like Ivory and Bone, this sequel shares a lot of insight to [...]

    16. I got this book via Edelweiss from the publisher for review. My thoughts are not affected by this First of all, I am so glad that this is not the end of this trilogy. Sure the ending was beautiful but I WANT MORE. One of the things that totally drew me into the first book was the world. I talked about this in my review of Ivory and Bone but this world that Eshbaugh writes in isn't the most common. I don't see a lot of books taking place in the prehistoric era where spears and bones are still use [...]

    17. The definition of the word ‘understanding’ on every dictionary I find was not as I was expecting and so as I understood the meaning of it. There are different explanations on how a person understands simple or complex things and it gives different interpretation from another person. And this… is how I misunderstood Mya in Ivory and Bone.As I’ve mentioned on my review of Ivory and Bone, I hated her for being obstinate and I understood for she has her reasons. My understanding on her part [...]

    18. Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.*Obsidian and Stars definitely was an interesting conclusion to this series, one that I definitely enjoyed. You can read my review of book 1: Ivory and Bone, here.After the betrayal and the fight with the Bosha clan ended, everything finally seemed at place. Mya is ready to be betrothed to Kol but then the unthinkable happens, Chev, the High Elder of h [...]

    19. Did I love this as much as book one? Yes. Actually I did.I didn't think this could stand up to the tense, romantic, historically-rich Ivory and Bone, but this book is every bit as wonderful. One of my favourite things is how different the action scenes are to any other book I've read, because they're fighting with era-appropriate weapons like spears and darts, and I LOVE IT. It makes every fight stand out when sometimes fight scenes can be flat and dull. In the same way, these details make even [...]

    20. I absolutely love Mya and how awesomely independent and fierce and badass she is, but still learning to be vulnerable through her love for Kol (whom she is constantly having to save from imminent peril). The characters made this book for me.

    21. As a sequel to ivory and bone, obsidian and Stars keeps the same pace, emotion, and action. Julie Eshbaugh definitely has a new fan! I highly recommend both of these books to anyone who wants to read a genre that might not be their usual taste I assure you this author will be.

    22. It's not often I say this but this sequel was way way way better than the first book. It's based in Mya's pov and it made literally all the difference. There was so much more character depth in this one than in the first, found myself understanding why the characters were acting a certain way and why it mattered. I loved the relationships between Mya and her sisters, and brother and felt it was more fleshed out. Though I liked the relationship I didn't like her brother Chev, he kept talking of p [...]

    23. I received an ARC (giveaway), but I feel ever so obliged to submit my review for this excellent read! (spoiler free unless marked)Obsidian and Stars, rating: 4.5 starsAs complex and attention-grabbing as Julie Eshbaugh's debut novelIvory and Bone --but improved with experience! The first book, told from Kol's storytelling perspective, recounts a tale of convoluted motives and a twisted past. Its sequel, Obsidian and Stars, only differs in the maturity of the telling.The story is told from Mya's [...]

    24. I was so excited to return to the world Julie Eshbaugh set up in Ivory and Bone, it's so different, an absolute breath of fresh air. My review will avoid spoilers so i won't say too much about the plot, except that the action is intense, the imagery is vivid and makes your heart pound, and the sense of wonder/fear tinged adventure is with you from start to finish. Mostly I just want to make this review a love letter to Mya. Seeing her through Kol's eyes in book one was an experience in and of it [...]

    25. The stars in the obsidian sky may be beautiful, but they show the past, not the future.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 [...]

    26. I totally loved the first book and i not one to really enjoy books that are set in an ice age clan type of setting.  I like more fantasy driven stories but this one is unique in that you have great characters who are striving to survive and against all odds be with those they love regardless of duties to clan and family.  It reminds me a lot of a historical fantasy where queens and kings make decision for the good of their country and their line of family lineage. I was worried this story wou [...]

    27. I still really like this series. It feels authentic and, now that the romance is already established, the relationships were more refined. A good chunk of the story surrounded the clans and their varying traditions; in particular I loved the idea of the campfires in the sky. The stars are all the ancestors creating camps together. With the amount of death portrayed in this installment, it seemed a comforting thought to hold onto. I’m still surprised that a book basically about the first humans [...]

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