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.
- Mya is a great perspective to read from. I loved her internal conflicts and thought processes, and I could really relate to her
- The plot. There was way more action in this book than the first, and it definitely kept the story flowing.
- I read this in just two sittings. It was so fast-paced and the pacing was super consistent throughout.
- A really thorough conclusion to the duology. I loved the ending.
- It explores responsibility/duty, friendship, love and family in a great way.
- The world-building was really good, and I could picture the landscapes and villages easily.
What I Disliked:
- I really struggled to picture the characters in my head. It’s probably due to the fact I read the first book over a year ago, but I found it difficult to see what each character looked like.
- That’s it. That’s all that I disliked.
All in all, this was a fantastic conclusion to the Ivory and Bone duology, with just the right mix of action, adventure and super cute romance. I gave this book 4 stars.