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.
If I could use one word to describe this book, I’d say it’s captivating. The book is so captivating, it was really hard to put it down once you’ve started reading. This book had a great effect on me and I barely read historical YAs. It’s unique and I think it might actually be the first pre-historical YA I’ve ever encountered.
The book is told from Kol’s POV, but with a mix of a second person point-of-view, where the reader is referred to as Mya’s character. It’s weirdly interesting and well, I do admit it made me swoon a couple of times. Kol’s narration is intensely poetic at times, it’ll leave butterflies in your stomach.
“Some people need to see things to understand them.”
The plot is okay, the pacing is great, but really it’s the characters that stood out. The character development of Kol, Mya and the others is delightful to follow. Although, I sort of had a problem following the characters and their names because they’re pretty unusual and they’re really many. I felt like I was reading Game of Thrones because of the number of characters.
I also like the chemistry between Kol and Mya and how Kol is this awkward guy pining for a girl, and Mya is this strong, composed girl who always keeps her emotions in check. It was pretty cool to see their story unfold and I’m glad it wasn’t the center of the story.
“I can’t change the pain you suffered in the past, but I can do everything possible to prevent the pain you might suffer in the future.”
Overall, this book is a great start for a series, although I really wouldn’t mind if it’s a standalone because I loved the ending. It’s a mix of action, drama and romance. It’s refreshing to read because of Eshbaugh’s writing style. I definitely recommend it!
ABOUT JULIE ESHBAUGH
Julie Eshbaugh is the author of the upcoming Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.