Published by HarperCollins on June 7th 2016
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Series: Ivory and Bone
Source: Publisher Provided
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I received this book/movie for free from the above-listed publisher/studio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book/movie or the content of my review.Narrator: Michael Curran-Dorsano
The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future.
Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival.
Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in the tangle of their pasts.
When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along.
I didn’t know much about Ivory and Bone going into it other than it had a hint of a Pride and Prejudice (P&P) and it was set in a prehistoric timeframe. So I was like okay, we’ll see how this goes, and I really enjoyed the story. It has the heart of P&P and the weight the time period deserves.
Ivory and Bone is set in the time of mammoths and saber-toothed tigers when humans were nomad hunter and gatherers. The story Kol, the next in line to lead his clan, through the point of his life where he’s starting to look for a wife, and things don’t go as smoothly as I think he would have liked. The girl he starts to fall for is a bit stand-offish and does not return his affections and their’s tensions between their two clans. Things really don’t look good for Kol. But, if you’re familiar with P&P, you know things will work out somehow.
Thinks start getting more complicated when another tribe comes into the story and the histories between all three come out. I liked how the story kept the gravity of the harsh environment and had the story move forward with a plot line that fit the setting, that was more life or death than just a slight at a ball and social graces.
I liked the Pride and Prejudice aspects of the story. It was fun to have it gender bent, Kol is our Elizabeth, and to see how the same insecurities and prejudices impact everyone as they are looking for love.
I experienced this story through an audiobook. Narrator Michael Curran-Dorsano did a fantastic job, but I think because I did it as an audio I got lost a little more than I would have if I were reading it. I’m not sure if it’s because of the narration or just the nature of the story not working in an audio format for me, but it wasn’t the best audio experience for me. I like a narration with a lot of inflection and some way of being able to discern the different characters.
But overall, I enjoyed the story and was able to continue listing without rewinding a ton. So this may not be one of those audiobooks you want to listen to while you doing other things that require you to really split your attention, but it was an enjoyable audio.