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Obsidian and Stars

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Obsidian and Stars

OBSIDIAN AND STARS by Julie Eshbaugh continues the story of Mya and Kol, two rival clan-members who, against all odds, fall in love. In this installment of the Ivory and Bone series, it seems as though everything may work out for the two characters. Mya is on the way to finally see Kol and his clan, but this visit is not just for the two to catch up. Mya’s brother has intentions to offer Mya as Kol’s betrothed, and she could not be more thrilled. But just when Mya and Kol are truly happy, Mya’s brother unveils a plan that puts Mya and her youngest sister, Lees, at risk.

Kol and Mya both agree that the best course of action is for Mya to take her sister and hide on a hidden island. Although it pains them to be apart, Mya knows she can never be truly happy if her sister is not. But the island that was meant to be a safe haven turns out to be the opposite. Facing dangerous enemies, Mya must make a plan to protect both her family and her beloved, before she loses both.

"OBSIDIAN AND STARS delves deeper into the relationships and characters of IVORY AND BONE and proves that nothing is stronger than the love a family has for each other."

In OBSIDIAN AND STARS, Julie Eshbaugh delves deeper into the identities of the characters readers loved so much in IVORY AND BONE. In particular, readers get to know Mya, the spirited love interest of Kol. In IVORY AND BONE, Mya was reserved, serious and determined. In OBSIDIAN AND STARS, Mya is as determined as ever, but something has softened. She is allowing herself to feel emotions, particularly when it comes to her feelings for Kol.

That said, the relationship between them is not without drama. Mya knows she loves Kol, but expressing her emotions still proves difficult for her. What is not difficult for Mya, however, is the decisions she makes to protect her family. Family lies at the heart of the plot line in OBSIDIAN AND STARS. Mya and her sisters will do anything for each other, even if it means sacrificing happiness.

Although it was exciting to get to know Mya’s character and see her more thoroughly developed, other parts of the novel lacked excitement. The plot seemed a bit forced at some parts, and the story did not flow very well. Regardless, fans of Julie Eshbaugh’s first novel will definitely enjoy the continuation of Kol and Mya’s story. OBSIDIAN AND STARS delves deeper into the relationships and characters of IVORY AND BONE and proves that nothing is stronger than the love a family has for each other.

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board Member on July 27, 2017

Obsidian and Stars
(Ivory and Bone #2)
by Julie Eshbaugh