Review: The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack

Daughter3DThe Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack has launched! This fabulous title is available now on all online retailers and in your local book stores. You aren’t going to want to miss this new literary journey exploring the clash between reason and faith, and the power of hope and love.

The Book

After centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith, while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light—two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean.

Summary: A mysterious nine-year-old from the Blessed Lands sails into the lives of a couple in the Republic, claiming to be the Daughter of the Sea and the Sky. Is she a troubled child longing to return home, or a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of the Republic? The answer will change the lives of all she meets… and perhaps their world as well.

Author: David Litwack
Genre: Fantasy/Speculative Literary Fiction
Publisher: Evolved Publishing

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My Review

This was one of my favorite books so far of 2014 – it sucked me in from the outset.  I absolutely adored the relationships, the characterisation and the deeper themes and tropes, but I’m not going to talk about that.  Instead, I’m just going to recommend that you go, now and read it.

Familiar in a deja-vu kind of way, the storyline was well paced, though in places a bit bogged down and overly dreamy and vague (which actually felt like it lent it self even more to the feeling of unreality and connected disconnect (by which I mean you can’t help but feel you’ve been here, you’ve done this, but you’re reading it for the first time, so you’re just experiencing it as you read – you’re completely immersed, but there’s a part of you that’s aware enough to know that this is a story that you know, deep down).

Kailani, the Daughter of the Sea and the Sky and namesake of the book is an excellent character, but I especially felt for Helena, and enjoyed watching her story arc develop.  There’s narrative consequence and strong story control in their story, and a rightness that makes the book perfect for me.  I’ll read this one again, but I have found a new favorite author.

 RATING: ***** (Five exuberant stars!)

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