Review: Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh

Posted November 21, 2017 by Minx

Review: Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh
Series: Ivory and Bone #2
Also in this series:Ivory and Bone
Also by this author: Ivory and Bone
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, young adult
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Pages: 368
Length: 9 Hours, 54 Minutes
ISBN: 0062399284
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Minx's Rating:

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 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.


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 first story, I was glad to read things from Mya’s side. The one-sided point of view did not bother me this time around. Mya had come back to make her intentions for marriage known to Kol and his tribe. Before this could even take place, tragedy struck and everything changed for both clans. In addition to this event, it was made known that Mya’s youngest sister, Lees, was to be wed to Morsk.

Morsk has been considered for husband to both Mya and her sisters at one point and Lees did not want to marry Morsk at all. Morsk felt the same way and his intention was that Mya should break her betrothal with Kol and marry him instead. Thank you so freaking much that this character did not hold this information back in some lame attempt to keep Kol from knowing. I appreciated that so much from this young adult character you have no idea. After stopping Lees and her beloved, Roon, from making a hasty elopement it was decided that Mya and Lees would run away in order to make it known that they did not accept the decision to wed Lees to Morsk. Mya and Lees left to go to a place that was a far journey from where the Manu clan was currently at. The journey was hard and once they arrived at their destination it quickly became apparent that there were more dangers than they had anticipated.

The idea was that Mya and Lees would flee to the secret island to show their defiance and when their brother was ready to actually discuss Lees future he would know where they were because Kol would tell him. Sounds about right for a bunch of teenagers who are reacted emotionally. Although the idea was simple enough what they did not expect was that they would be death and disaster at every turn. Once Mya and the others that joined her were at the island they realized that they were not as alone as they once had thought. They had been followed to this remote location by several people who were out for revenge and this secluded island was the perfect place where no one would ever know what really happened.

Wow, is all that I can say about Obsidian and Stars! I found the relationship between Kol and Mya to be pure enjoyment. I loved everything about them!! In addition to a sweet romance there were plot twists that just shocked me! Some of them even made me tear up, which was not cool because I was sitting in a waiting room at that point, lol. Mya’s character was so tough but she was also very vulnerable. I honestly thought that this series was a duology but I was excited to learn that there is more to come in this series and I absolutely can’t wait!!


About Julie Eshbaugh

Author Julie Eshbaugh

Julie Eshbaugh is the author of Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.

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