Release Date: June 7th 2016
Series: Ivory and Bone #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Family, General, Historical, Love & Romance, Prehistory, Romance, Survival Stories, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.
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 like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…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 gets to know 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.
“There is strong danger in a person who can create such powerful deceit
they can no longer distinguish their own lies from the truth.”
The idea behind IVORY AND BONE hooked me pretty quick: “A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.” Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite stories of all time so, clearly, I was excited for this one. Unfortunately, the aspects that were filled with potential fizzled out under the weight of an awkward narrative and sluggish pacing.
A second-person narrative is unique, and I’m always game for something refreshing. However, there is a huge challenge with such a narrative, and that is deciding how you want to tell the story. In IVORY AND BONE, this style ends up making the writing more of a factual “this happened then this happened” style, so rather than showing it was telling. I do have to say there were some good quotes in there though.
If you like descriptions of seal pelts, morning meals, midday meals, evening meals, searching for honey, and repetitive saber-toothed cat attacks, you probably won’t find fault in the pacing. I, however, did. I became pretty frustrated and struggled through a good portion of this book.
This was made worse by the fact that, until around 70% in, I had no idea where the story was going. It didn’t seem driven by anything but petty squabbles that happened in the past and the day to day life of the characters. Thankfully, it did pick up after that, but getting there was a serious challenge for me.
I also never thought that we really got to know any of the characters or what they were thinking due to the style of the narrative. I felt disconnected from most of them. As for the romance – what romance? There was barely any development or focus placed on that aspect.
Overall, I struggled through IVORY AND BONE. The pacing was uneven and the narrative, while ambitious, fell short of what it could have been.