Obsidian and Stars (Ivory and Bone #2)

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Obsidian and Stars
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June 13, 2017
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978-0062399281
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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.

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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 the clan's inner workings, their hierarchy and touch choices for survival. Heartening bonds of friendship and love, through protection and sacrifice, we journey with the characters as they all learn many important, inspirational lessons. Obsidian and Stars aches with desire. It is a very real journey that appeals to the hearts of all, and keeps you flipping pages even as you cry for the loss and pain the characters must face.

Heartache is not all that they must war with however. Previous clans that have presented issues with them are now plotting against them, behind them. Kill the leaders and take over the clan, make it good again, is what they aspire. But with darkness in their hearts and greed fueling them, everyone is a pawn and no one is safe from being next. Not only that, Mya and her sister meet a young girl on an abandoned island, and she is in need of protecting from some bad people. Mya is courageous and brave, compassionate and honest, and so she takes the girl under her wing and will fight for her. Survival for oneself is important, but it is utterly selfless for one to put another's well being above their own when they are a stranger and not of your clan.

Overall, Obsidian and Stars is another amazing novel full of high rising emotions and engrossing tales that keep you wanting more. Another haunting encounter of loss and pain that stays with you well after the pages can no longer be flipped for more.
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