Thank you so much for visiting by Bibliophilia, Please for my second date of the 2016 Debut Author Bash! Today, I'll be featuring Julie Eshbaugh and her exciting debut novel, Ivory and Bone.
Title: Ivory and Bone
Author: Julie Eshbaugh
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Release Date: June 7, 2016
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.
Praise for Ivory and Bone
“Exquisitely written, ferocious, and haunting—what a breath of fresh air. Ivory and Bone is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Don’t miss this one.” — Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series
“Julie Eshbaugh is a unique new voice with talent enough for a whole team of writers. Ivory and Bone transported me to a richly crafted world of life-and-death stakes, and I’m still under the spell of her storytelling.” — Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae and These Broken Stars
I’m so excited to be the guest of the blog today! If you’re not familiar with my debut, Ivory and Bone, it’s set in prehistory, at the end of the last Ice Age. The world the characters inhabit is beautiful but dangerous, and their survival is never guaranteed. In fact, I’m pretty certain that if I were transported to the setting of the book right now, I wouldn’t last long!
The main character of Ivory and Bone is a seventeen year old boy named Kol. He spends a lot of his time focusing on survival, and in helping his family and clan to thrive. Still, he’s not immune to danger, and he can’t always prevent bad things from happening. So with Kol in mind, I brainstormed five tips we would need to survive in his Ice Age world.
1.) Never go anywhere without a spear.
Kol would definitely tell you to carry a spear everywhere you go. You never know when you might encounter a saber-toothed cat, a dire wolf, or a short faced bear.
2.) Learn all the basic skills--fire starting, hunting, cleaning and cooking a kill, tanning a hide.
Starting a fire using only primitive tools isn’t easy, but in a cold world with unpredictable weather, you never know when you may need to get a fire going. And if you get separated from your clan, you may need to hunt and kill your own food. Also, in clan society, everyone is expected to help in many ways. If you want clothes to wear or a hut to live in, you may want to learn how to tan hides to be used as basic materials.
3.) Don’t get caught without the proper tools.
If you’re traveling, even just into the hills to hunt or the meadow to gather honey, make sure you take the tools you might need. You’ll never regret having a sharp knife, a firestarter, and a waterskin with you. If you get lost, hurt, or separated from the group, these things could save your life.
4.) Perfect your social skills.
In the world of IVORY AND BONE, cooperation and teamwork are essential to survival. Knowing how to work together with all different kinds of people--young and old, men and women, friends and strangers--will help keep you alive.
5.) Always consider the good of the group.
This is something Kol is taught by his parents from a young age--the welfare of the clan comes first. If the clan thrives, its members thrive. In a harsh, unforgiving world, individuals may need to sacrifice so that the group can endure.
So there you have five tips to help us survive in the Ice Age world of Ivory and Bone. Of course, I’d like to believe that if we suddenly found ourselves lost and stranded in Kol’s time, all we’d need to do is find him and his clan, and they’d take us in and help us survive.
It’s been such a pleasure to be a guest of the blog today. Thanks so much for having me!
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About the Author
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Julie is a member of the group writing blog Pub(lishing) Crawl, where she posts regularly. You can also add Julie on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.
2016 Debut Author Bash
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