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"WOW. What an amazing adventure this story was. It was so full of wonder, excitement, and secrets at the turn of every page and I enjoyed every single minute of it. This is a unique tale that I have never read before and it kept me guessing every time. This author has won herself a new reader with her style of writing." ~Jenny Bynum, Black Words, White Pages
"It has been a WHILE since I read a book, and I am SO happy I chose this one to "get back into my reading groove"... world building is a whole beast in itself.From Jacokden to Kurakia and beyond, this world is huge, and leaves you breathless! Different customs, cultures, climates, clothes, food and more, suck you right in. Klapheke's world building skills are definitely on par with the greats, right down to her in-depth knowledge on how to sail a boat! The intense research she must have gone through, but damn was it ever worth it.
I give this book a 5/5, not only for the stellar world building, kickass heroine, and sexy love interest, but for the hungover longing for more I'm experiencing days after. Klapheke is one to watch out for!" ~Katherine Bogle, author of Savages
"A stunning debut novel." ~M.A. Patterson
"Alisha has a way with words! Her world building is beautifully detailed and the characters are amazing!" -Jaime of Two Chicks on Books
From the Author
I hope you enjoy the first in this series of standalone novels!
alisha klaphekes' uncommon world series is an amazing journey full of all the right amounts of vivid and intricate world building, character development, elements of love and romance, drama, and action. so if you are looking to start a great series, that has an order of sorts mixed in with a few stand alone stories which enhancer the over all understanding and increase your ability to immerse and lose your self in the stories from your favorite characters perspective then I believe you will find seas of salt and sin as well as all the books of the uncommon world series an uncommonly excellent read worthy of your time. and alisha has an excellent fb page were you can enjoy getting to know this creative and kind soul that brings us this most excellent entertainment as well as a butt load of the cutest pics of baby goats!!! lol! in my opinion an excellent choice for fans of many genres combined into awesome fantasy reads to get lost in!!!
Waters of Salt and Sin has everything that I want in fantasy. A new, intricate, interesting world; a magic system that I'm excited to learn more about; characters that blast off the page and sweep me up in their emotions, their struggles, and their ability to keep fighting when they need to; a romance that is oh so sweet.
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!
I really, really wanted to love this book. (C'mon, who doesn't adore that cover?!?) Unfortunately, this book wasn't all I hoped it was going to be. (Perhaps it's partly my fault in the first place for having such high expectations.)
The plot wasn't what I was expecting: I was hoping for more of a swash-buckling, piratey adventure. Instead, this was more of a (slightly spoilery) let's-try-to-survive-while-planning-a-jailbreak kind of book. Like another reviewer mentioned, they find the island about halfway through the book, and then it becomes a minor background element. The story is pretty much them escaping from whatever's trying to kill them at the moment, while attempting to rescue Kinneret's sister. (end of tiny spoiler) I did enjoy the salt magic and salt wraiths (I thought they were the most believable of the fantasy elements), but I could have used a little more explanation on some other things, like the Fire religion, how salt magic works, and more about Kinneret's aunt's magic.
The characters themselves were meh. I liked Kinneret--but that was about it. I felt like the author just scratched the surface of the characters, and I didn't get a chance to get to know any of them except for Kinneret. I only cared about the other characters because Kinneret cared. Also, some of the characters just fell flat. They didn't react realistically to situations. The story was told in 1st person narration, when 3rd person might have suited the story better. There was also a lot of characters introduced, right from the beginning, and that may have added to my struggle to connect with them.
The world-building was pretty good: it felt unique, and I was interested in learning more about its history and customs. I liked how the setting wasn't your generic medieval European fantasy setting, but instead a Mediterranean-type culture. However, the author again could have delved a lot deeper into the world-building. It was a little confusing because the characters jumped around so much, and there wasn't a whole lot of description about the places they went to, or the cultures they visited.
Overall, I just couldn't get into this one. While I did finish out the book, I just as easily could have left it. If it had had deeper characters, more world-building, and a little more suspense, I probably would have loved it.
Rating: 3 stars.
Age Rating: For Ages 14 and up.
Content guide: Language: 3/10 (characters start to curse, but are cut off. a lot of inappropriate innuendo bandied about.) Sexual content: 6/10 (passionate kissing, once while half-clothed, some touching. lots of thinly-veiled innuendo. characters' relationship seems at times more lust than love.) Violence: 8/10 (characters are killed and injured, sometimes graphically described. some characters place very little value on human life. a demon attacks the ship, killing several characters.)
*Many thanks to the author for providing a copy to review!*
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I so loved this book. Unlike most fantasy, it wasn't about saving the world. It was about Kinneret fighting against all odds to rescue her sister. The characters were all distinct and the story engaging. World building was perfection. This story doesn't span the globe, but you know there is more to this world than we see. And that makes me want to read even more. If you like magic and fantasy with a strong female lead, then this is the book for you. Seriously, this is the book for you. Read it.
Kinneret is a 17 year old low-caste sailor. She has her younger sister to take care of. It’s an adventure. In theory it has everything I like. But I just can’t get excited about it. I would have liked the magical element to have played a bigger role. But I guess the main reason why I didn’t LOVE this book is that I think Kinneret, the main character, is too intrepid, too insolent; she risks everything, including the sister she loves so much, just to have her say. And that doesn’t make sense to me, because she’d do anything to protect her sister. But were she to become an Outcast, what would she be able to do for her sister then? So I think that’s just plain stupid. Furthermore, she’s just too proud; she’d rather her sister died of hunger (or at least got very sick) than accept charity. And I just CANNOT understand that. I actually can’t believe she wouldn’t accept food from the boy she’s in love with in order to save her sister. It doesn’t make sense and I don’t like that. I can’t relate to Kinneret and that’s why I can’t give this book more than an ‘OK’.
I received this book for free from the author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, as I am voluntarily reviewing it and my opinion is entirely my own.