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Waters of Salt and Sin: Uncommon World Kindle Edition
|Length: 382 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Book 1 of 4 in Uncommon World|
|Age Level: 13 - 18|
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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
From the Author
- File size : 3663 KB
- Publication date : April 4, 2017
- Publisher : Alisha Klapheke (April 4, 2017)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 382 pages
- ASIN : B06WWFS6MT
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,769 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 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.
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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.