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Julie Eshbaugh

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Værker af Julie Eshbaugh

Ivory and Bone (2016) 279 eksemplarer
Crown of Oblivion (2019) 115 eksemplarer
Obsidian and Stars (2017) 80 eksemplarer

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Welcome Home: An Anthology on Love and Adoption (2017) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer

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Astrid is Princess Renya's surrogate, so if the Princess does anything wrong Astrid gets punished. She's from a class of people who are normally inoculated against magic at birth but she wasn't and when she takes part in the annual oblivion race to save her father and brother she discovers that all is not as it seems and that winning could break her heart.
It's not bad but at the same time there were moments where I felt that I was dropped into a mid-series story. I did like the characters but the romance felt a little empty to me.
It's another dystopian slave rebellion story that seem to crop up with regularity.
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wyvernfriend | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jul 17, 2023 |
Well, I wasn't expecting a dawn-of-time adventure, and I was delighted to discover that's what this is -- prehistory, set about the time that the ice is receding and Mammoth herds are migrating north and dying out. So that's fascinating.

The part where it is absolutely and agonizingly teen love triangles -- not so much.

Also, I hated, hated, hated that the voice in the story is the voice of a young man telling a young woman the story of their relationship entirely from his point of view -- including and not limited to what she was feeling, how she was acting, how he interpreted everything that she did, without benefit of her input. The story eventually circled back and had that make more sense, but it was a loooooong circle. Also, I really dislike that these prehistorical bands do not take the wishes of the women into account at all. They are allowed to hunt, and seem to rock at that, but they are not allowed to decide who they will marry? There is a gay couple leading one of the tribes, so yay for that, but honestly, why set up such a misogynistic story?

Finally, I had a really hard time with the time spans in the book. For instance, Pek wants to court Seeri, and she liked their sealskins, so he decides to bring her sealskins as a courting gift -- ok, great! He and Kol go hunting and it goes badly, but they come back with 1 seal that trip. 2 days later, Pek leaves for the southern tribe with a kayak full of sealskins -- wait, what now? First you have to hunt them, then skin them, then scrape the hides and tan the hides and that is just not a 2 day process, even if your entire tribe can drop all the survival oriented things they are doing in order to make this happen. Similarly, Mya makes a parka for Kol in 2 days, from a new skin. Even if we assume that he perfectly prepared it and it was ready to go overnight (which he apparently did), sewing in prehistory involves using an awl to punch holes, using sinew and a bone needle to sew the thing together, after cutting the pieces out. That is not a quick process. Things like this bothered me.

Oh, look, and the next book in the series is another marriage against her will plot. No, thank you.

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jennybeast | 8 andre anmeldelser | Apr 14, 2022 |
A dandy fantasy adventure with a solid cast of characters. I particularly like how the returning memories add to the intrigue and suspense as the competitors get closer to the final stop. Great world building and classes. Definitely a good choice for any library where teens like edgy fantasy.
 
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sennebec | 2 andre anmeldelser | May 20, 2020 |
Another stand-alone young adult novel! Although this may be one story where I did want more because I love Astrid and how flawed she is. She is not that intelligent. She is not the most powerful character. But what she lacks in either she makes up for with grit and determination and sheer stubbornness. The idea of punishing a surrogate is horrifying, but the idea of losing all your memories with the chance to relearn about your life is fascinating. I found the whole thing well-written and exciting, giving you another way to look at the haves and the have-nots and the biases that are in every one of us.… (mere)
 
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jmchshannon | 2 andre anmeldelser | Dec 30, 2019 |

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