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The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky Kindle Edition
"... an enthralling look at an alternative world... thought-provoking, beautifully written and highly entertaining." - Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The characters in this story... warmed my heart, wet my eyes, and - in the case of Benjamin - made me shudder. It was,,, a thought-provoking look at the line between faith and fantasy, fanatics and followers, and religion and reason. It's also just a really good read. - Lisa Senftleben
"David Litwack's sweeping novel The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky is a powerful story that follows the journey of a mysterious but charming little girl whose mere presence seems to have changed the lives of those people around her... Superbly imagined with a tense plot which makes it difficult to put down..." - the GreatReads!
"... keeps you on the edge from one page to the next as you wait to discover the reason behind [Kailani's] sudden appearance in the land of the soulless... in the end, the truth is very awe-inspiring and most deserving." - Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
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The Daughter of the Seaand the Sky is a literary journey exploring the clash between reason and faith,and the power of hope and love.
- ASIN : B00K434HRU
- Publisher : Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (May 3, 2014)
- Publication date : May 3, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2216 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 301 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,132 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book had me hooked from the first sentence and I found myself lost in the world that David has created. I fell in love with the main characters from the beginning but they weren't the only aspects that made this book spectacular. David obviously put a lot of thought and work into each character and each of their personality traits. He managed to portray the struggle within that each person carried and how that affected the way they reacted and interacted with each other. Benjamin was so well written, with his intense desire to do the right thing at any cost but being misguided as far as what that right thing would be. He was such a conflicted person and I felt so sorry for him. Jason and Helene had so much to struggle with as they tried to find the best way to help Kailani without getting into trouble themselves and the difficulties between Helena and her mother. The story line was seamless, and everything progressed in a way that didn't drag out too long or try to hurry you to the ending. I enjoyed every moment of reading this book and was a little sad to see it end because I wanted to find out what would happen to Jason and Helena, Kailani, and her parents, really all involved. This wasn't the first book I've read by this author and I dearly hope that it's not going to be the last.
Without giving the plot away this is not a simple good versus bad story, rather a conflict between two contrasting ideologies. The author cleverly takes some fairly predictable scenarios and puts a nice twist to them.
I have read all of David Litwack’s books and this one is in the same vein as his first, There Comes a Prophet.
I would recommend this book particularly to young people. It provides an excellent forum for the constant struggle between the rational and visceral, as well as the contrasting deductive and inductive thought processes.
I enjoyed reading the book.
Charles F. Sterling 7/15/14
***I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review.***
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Kailani's character is quite endearing, but there is an impression she is of importance, even she herself believes she has been 'sent' to improve relations between the two islands. However, this is never truly realised. By the end the truce between sides is given little more credence than a few lines that everything is fine. The mystery surrounding the little girl who calls herself the Daughter of the sea and sky and her almost prophet like status on the farm turns out to be of little significance.
I did enjoy this book overall, it's a light read delving into the debate between reason and religion, though I'd say the spiritual side comes off more favourably. It does have some nice moments with the three protagonists, but I found it quite slow going in parts. I had to make myself go on a couple of times. I was also left wondering if the whole situation with Kailani couldn't have been solved much more quickly and with less drama had certain characters just opened up more. Why didn't Helena and Jason try harder to find out who this little girl belonged to? And why didn't one character who clearly knew who she was just tell them what he knew? It left me feeling the tension in the book was slightly false.