- File Size: 3690 KB
- Print Length: 382 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Alisha Klapheke (April 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06WWFS6MT
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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And the sea. It's strange how many fantasy books talk about the sea, sail over the sea, live next to the sea, but never actually dive into the sea! In Waters of Salt and Sin, the sea is another character. I loved that about this book. It gave a realness, an authenticity to the setting, and - by extension - the story.
I highly recommend this book to fantasy lovers, and I implore you to judge it by its cover! (Oh my gosh, LOOK AT IT! The same kind of epicness is on the page too.) I was going back and forth on whether I should buy it. I am so glad that I did because not only is it a fantastic read, but it also looks amazing on my shelf!
And boy was I glad I did!
This book has it all. Action and adventure; a kick-ass heroine; a sweet love interest; and so much more! Taking place in a fantasy world where slavery is still an accepted practice, Kinneret is in the lowest caste there is. She and her sister, Avi, man a boat with a grumpy man named Oron. When her sister is kidnapped by slavers while they are on a quest for treasure that would buy their way up to a higher caste – a caste high enough to marry Calev, the boy she loves – her mission becomes more difficult than ever.
Over the years since indie publishing has become a thing I’ve had a lot of negative experiences with poorly written and unedited books being put out for public consumption. Fortunately, that was not the case with Waters of Salt and Sin. I could not tell you the difference between this and a book published by one of the big NY publishers. The authors writing is compelling and interesting. Something was always happening in the story and I had a hard time putting it down. If there had been a cliffhanger ending I would have bought book 2 right away. Fortunately for me there wasn’t, but I do have the next book in this series on my TBR for when my obligated reading list shrinks a bit.
So, should you read it? Fans of YA fantasy will gobble up this adventure. Great characters, an interesting plot and world, and pretty much non-stop action.
The book started off a little slow, and there wasn't much happening in the first few chapters. However, it didn't feel like it dragged, and I appreciated being slowly introduced to the world the author had created and coming to understand the role of the caste system, salt magic, and salt wraiths in this society. The salt wraiths were especially interesting. I loved that whole concept and seeing how they were integrated into the plot as more than just obstacles for the characters to overcome in their travels.
The story is well-written, and Klapheke does an excellent job of showing us the world through Kinneret's eyes. I'm not always a fan of first-person point of view, but I thought it was handled very well here. I connected with Kinneret almost immediately, which made me become more immersed in the story and more invested in what was happening to her and the people she cared about. Oron was another favorite character, and Berker made for a good - if somewhat one-dimensional - antagonist. I had mixed feelings about the constant banter between the main cast of characters. It was spot-on in some places and made me laugh out loud a few times, but there's a lot of it, and it started to feel forced and wear thin in some places.
The relationship between Kinneret and Calev was predictable and rather formulaic, but for the most part well-written and touching. I was rooting for them to get together by the end, even if I could see it coming from the first few chapters. My biggest complaint about the romance arc was Kinneret's attitude toward Miriam, the woman Calev is Intended to marry. It felt like Kinneret was being a little petty and even contradicted herself throughout the story, wanting to be with Calev and hating Miriam while also expressing a desire for Calev to be happy and not be Outcasted (which would be the result of a relationship with someone low-caste like Kinneret). I guess that's human nature, but it did grate on me a little that Kinneret hated Miriam so much for no reason other than that she's Calev's Intended. We don't see Miriam do anything to earn this hatred; she seems like a nice enough person, right up until the end of the story when we find out that she's not such a nice person after all, apparently. But we're just told this in passing, and it felt like kind of a forced way to show that Kinneret was justified in hating Miriam all along. I don't know; I guess I don't like seeing girls hating other girls in stories just because of a boy, especially when they don't even know the other girl that well.
The ending also felt just a little contrived for me, but it was still satisfying. Overall, I enjoyed the story and the author's writing style. I loved escaping into Kinneret's world and will probably read something else by this author in the future.
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It has me right from the restart. Even when I was not reading it, I kept thinking of the names in the book, the places, what could happen next.
If you like adventure, you will love this book.
W-O-W! Waters of Salt and Sin was amazing!! I had very high expectations (just read that synopsis) and I have to say this right now - Waters of Salt and Sin really delivers on a fascinating and complex fantasy world with a fully formed magic system combined with brilliant romance, characters and drama.
The real strength of Waters of Salt and Sin is the characters. They are varied, complex, unique and very, very human. Kinneret is a fantastic MC - her voice and personality is strong, independent, intelligent and little hot-headed at times and best of all, loyal. She is supported by Calev (a great romantic lead, who sometimes bites off more than he can chew!), Oron (to be honest, my favourite character for being brilliant, snarky and just all round awesome) and Kinneret's sister Avi, who was sweet, sensitive but a rock underneath all that silk. I really loved reading about them all and found this to really enhance the reading experience and plot overall.
The plot was fun, and very fast paced! Something was always happening or about to go down. This was fun to read, but also the reason why this book loses half a star - sometimes it felt that this speed rushed over parts of the story that could have been fleshed out just a little more, but this is really a very small complaint.
Another strong factor to this book's appeal was the world itself - well-formed and the author described the nuances of the culture, people, places and attitudes very well. Also, Waters of Salt and Sin explores some complex and dark topics, which was refreshing and thought-provoking.
Have to add here that the author has a great writing style that made it very easy to read and I certainly fell into the world without any difficulties!
All in all, this review is mainly a gush-fest and I can't recommend this book enough for anyone looking out for a fun, fast-paced fantasy read populated with fascinating characters, plus, the cover is just gorgeous, so that doesn't hurt! I'm waiting impatiently for the next instalment.
*Thank-you to the author, Alisha Klapheke for this ARC. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*
I love the salt magic and the sea adventures! I would get to a point in the book and need to post about it's awesomeness, but couldn't mention what happened because of spoilers!! Bah!
Great read! Highly recommended!!
If you like Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Emily R. King, and Jordan Rivet, you're going to love this swashbuckling tale!!
Disclaimer: I received an E-ARC via the author. Apart of the street team. This review is based on the final version.
I heard about Waters of Salt and Sin on twitter. The author's twitter post about her book came up along with the prequel. I read and thoroughly enjoyed the prequel. Naturally I the next installment. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!
I read Waters of Salt and Sin so long ago that I don't really remember the beginning too well. During a job Kinneret takes a huge risk to get some money. This actually results in her sister being taken as a slave. An old family friend tells Kinneret about the treasure and gives her the information to go and get it. In order to get her Avi back, Kinneret makes a deal with their queen in exchange for Avi's safe return.
Waters of Salt and Sin really surprised me! It is narrated in first person in Kinneret's point of view. The world was vivid and the magic system unique! I've never read about Salt witches before. The Caste system was explained in a lot of detail. A very brutal and cold world. It was easy to imagine myself amongst the characters.
The characters were fantastic! My favourite was Oron. I loved the relationship between the sisters! It was well written and relatable. When Avi is taken as a slave Kinneret doesn't stop until she can find her. It was realistic. The treasure hunt was a lot of fun to read about! There were obstacles, monsters, and a lot of plan changing.
Kinneret and Calev's relationship was great! I loved how well the forbidden romance was done. They went through a lot together and supported each other all the way. Especially when Calev killed their queen (he was taken over by a ghost). I was pretty happy when they were able to remain together.
The last part of Waters of Salt and Sin was so intense! I was on the edge hoping for a happy ending. Luckily enough it came and there was a really sweet ending.
My only problem was that there were times when things came easy to the characters. Despite their struggles and living in a cruel world that's what it felt like here and there.
Overall I enjoyed Waters of Salt and Sin! Highly recommend.
The only thing I didn't like was some of the back story thrown in. Not my thing.
If you love high seas, salt magic, mediterranian settings..you will get totally absorbed with Alisha Klaphekes keen sense of observation in her visual, original descriptions throughout the book...I will definately reading more of her books!!