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Obsidian and Stars

(Ivory and Bone #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  554 ratings  ·  100 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by HarperTeen
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Luke Taylor
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: hall-of-fame
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 Wow! WOW!

Then you end up wondering if you like the first or second book better, because they’re so
Trina (Between Chapters)
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
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[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…

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Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Crazy fast-pace happenings in this installment! I am actually really enjoying this series. Now to wait another year for the next installment. Sigh....
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-request
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
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, ya
See my full review and much more on my blog KissinBlueKaren

I 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
Sep 09, 2016 marked it as to-read
Justin Turczak
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 reading
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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 will serve
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

Following the first book, Ivory and Bone, I knew I needed to get a hold of this book, and boy was I glad when a copy dropped through my letterbox from the publisher. Now that Mya and Kol are betrothed, and coming to terms with the attack by the neighbouring tribes, they think life is back on track. However, Chev, the new leader of their tribe, has announced that their youngest sister, Lees, is to marry Morsk
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
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)
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-arcs
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
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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 th ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 fir
Colleen Houck
This one had as much danger and intrigue as the first. Just when you think everything's going to work out the way it should nothing goes as planned and you wonder if our heroes will even survive let alone end up together. If you're like me and love pre-historic settings, pick this duology up and give it a try. ...more
Sage Knightly
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Kaitlin (Next Page Please!)
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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 was shal
Josh Atkins
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this duology! Unlike any other series I’ve read. It ended well too. Considering all the clan rivalries and different clans wanting their place of power. Great action throughout and was not disappointed!
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
Saruuh Kelsey
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
Lelia Nebeker
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Jenny Q
I have some issues with the plot, but I just love this world and these characters!
Geoff Hansell
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ashley Tidwell
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Rosemary Angelique
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interest in YA or complexity
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 stars

As complex and attention-grabbing as Julie Eshbaugh's debut novel
Ivory 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

Mandy Webb
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
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 ...more
kelly {BookCrushin}

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 a
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Julie Eshbaugh is a YA writer and former filmmaker. She made two short films and then spent several years producing an online video series for teens which received several honors from the Webby Awards. Her new YA fantasy standalone, CROWN OF OBLIVION, was released by HarperTeen in November 2019. She is also the author of IVORY AND BONE (HarperTeen 2016) and OBSIDIAN AND STARS (HarperTeen 2017). Yo ...more

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