Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky Book Review

Title: Daughter of the Sea and the Sky
Author: David Litwack
Publication Date: May 2014
Genre: Speculative Fiction
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.  
Children of the Republic, Helena and Jason were inseparable in their youth, until fate sent them down different paths. Grief and duty sidetracked Helena's plans, and Jason came to detest the hollowness of his ambitions.

These two damaged souls are reunited when a tiny boat from the Blessed Lands crashes onto the rocks near Helena's home after an impossible journey across the forbidden ocean. On board is a single passenger, a nine-year-old girl named Kailani, who calls herself The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky. A new and perilous purpose binds Jason and Helena together again, as they vow to protect the lost innocent from the wrath of the authorities, no matter the risk to their future and freedom.

But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever... and perhaps their world as well.
My Thoughts:
This was an interesting book because it takes place in a made up land, not sure if it's another planet or an alternate Earth type situation, you will have to figure that one out on your own. I decided that it was an alternate Earth, not in the future or past, but somewhere else.
There are two completely different societies in this story, one is called the Blessed Lands and the other is called the Republic. I don't believe that either one is totally in the right, but they obviously think they are and so they are divided and have all these rules they follow to keep the two different populations separate. It almost borders on insanity how they treat each other, but in the end, they do make some changes on certain things.
It's a great young adult type book as there is no bad language, no violence and certainly no sexual situations. It's all about saving this one small girl who dared to brave the new world she lands on and thru her innocence, a lot of people are effected and for the good.
She brings two friends together who had lost sight of each other once they had grown and went their separate ways. She changes an official with the Republic and of course she does change one particular character for the worse. Not by anything she does but by his own twisted logic.
It's a great fantasy book that you can share with just about anyone because it's delightful and light reading!
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned. His novels include: There Comes a Prophet, Along the Watchtower, and the newly released The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.