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David Litwack

The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky (Paperback)

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A thought-provoking look at the line between faith and fantasy, fanatics and followers, religion and reason.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Fantasy
WINNER: Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein

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.

..".a fully imagined, gripping read...." Kirkus Reviews

"Author David Litwack gracefully weaves together his message with alternating threads of the fantastic and the realistic.... The reader will find wisdom and grace in this beautifully written story." San Francisco Book Review

Evolved Publishing presents the literary saga of a young girl plucked from the sea under mysterious circumstances, from the award-winning author of The Seekers series and Along the Watchtower.

Books by David Litwack:

  • The Children of Darkness (The Seekers - Book 1)
  • The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers - Book 2)
  • The Light of Reason (The Seekers - Book 3)
  • The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky
  • Along the Watchtower

More Great Literary Fiction from Evolved Publishing:

  • The Atheist and the Parrotfish by Richard Barager
  • Hannah's Voice by Robb Grindstaff
  • Enfold Me by Steven Greenberg

Specifications

Publisher
Evolved Publishing
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
ENG
Number of Pages
290
Author
David Litwack
Title
The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky
ISBN-13
9781622534319
Publication Date
April, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
6.14 x 0.61 x 9.21 Inches
ISBN-10
162253431X

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This is a fantastic no...

This is a fantastic novel about a very imaginative and loving little girl on a mission to make things right. She's full of riddles, secrets, compassion, and an endearing wisdom beyond her years. Both directly and indirectly, she helps everyone she meets deal with the troubles of their souls. What those people don't know, though, is that her own soul is just as troubled as theirs. The characters in this story are so deep and intricate. They warmed my heart, wet my eyes, and - in the case of Benjamin - made me shudder. This story asked a lot more questions then it answered, but in a good way. It really challenged the way I view things and made me reevaluate my position on the line between faith and fact. It was a very interesting, 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 and I highly recommend it.

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Book - The Daughter of...

Book - The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky Author - David Litwick Star rating - ★★★★★ Plot - captivating, beautiful, nicely plotted Characters - lovable, diverse, relatable Movie Potential - ★★★★★ Ease of reading - very easy to read Cover - ✔ Suitable Title - ✔ Would I read it again - ✔ ** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW ** First off, let me start by saying this book is something special. I don't say that often, but there is something un-pinpoint-able and undefined that is wholly beautiful, endearing and magical about this book and the story. I'm going to lay this at the author's feet. If this author bring out another book, you can bet I'll snap it up as soon as it's in print, because I can tell from this one alone that me and David's books are going to be lifelong friends. When I saw this book was up for a blog tour, I knew I had time in my blog calendar to fit it in, so although it didn't sound like anything I'd read before, I snapped up the chance to read something new. And I'm glad I did. This may be one of my favourite YA novels, ever and it's probably the biggest surprise a book has given me since I started reading at ye high. I'm always nervous about starting a new book, especially one that I didn't technically choose for myself. With Read4Review books, I tend to take a bigger chance and hope for the best, so when a new one comes along, I always worry that I'm not going to enjoy it and I hate to turn that first page and be proven right. This time, I was proven wrong. From page one, this story sucked me in. The start was intriguing, and held a lot of promise for what would come next. Then, we got whisked away into the future and saw Helena and Jason's story, which only caught even more of my attention. Helena is, to me, broken during the majority of this novel and a lot of what she goes through is a test to see if she can cope, if she can finally be honest with herself and if she's willing to take a risk. All of that is down to Jason. And let me just admit right now that whether the author planned it or not, Jason is kind of my perfect guy. He doesn't disappoint. Not once, throughout the story, do I fall out of love with him. I don't want to go into too much detail about what I loved about this story because I could be here all day. It's safe to say that I want, no, NEED you to read this book. And trust me, you NEED to read this for you too. I'm not going to include spoilers, so let's get down to what I thought about what I can talk about. The story itself is original, and somehow familiar. Not in the way that I've read anything similar, but in a way that it's comforting and sort of similar in a dream sense. Like when you have Deja Vu and you swear you've felt a certain way before; that's how this book makes me feel. All warm and fuzzy and slightly disorientated and not sure if I'm dreaming. It's a good feeling. I didn't have a lot of time to read this book, but I started early enough that a few hours at the end of each night, I'd have enough time for a chapter before bed. Well, that chapter turned into 20% of the book each time I sat down to read it. I even spend four hours, one day, just reading it when I first started it because it was so good. I don't even care that I'm completely sleep deprived; it was more than worth it. This author is a new favourite of mine. Yes, it's only one book and it may be a fluke, but the writing isn't. This is a great author with a talent for storytelling. Litwick weaves an intricate, but not complicated tale into a book that would seem long if not for the fact that it was easily devoured in not a lot of time. Overall, it took me three days, which is pretty good for a book this size. The characters are all real, lovable people, relatable and with vast personalities. There are no two characters alike in this story, as far as I can tell. Each one is an individual that is enjoyable to read. Even Benjamin, because although he's sometimes overbearing, scary and often unhinged in my opinion, he's still a complete mystery that, as a read, I want to solve. The same goes for Martha. I spent most of the book believing both were as dangerous as each other to little Kailani, our MC, but I was surprised by what really happened. Kailani herself, the Daughter of the Sea and the Sky, is adorable, too cute and beyond words for me. She is the character the book is about, but we're shown her story through other characters, which is pure genius. She's a character you want to know and hold and love, and tell everything is going to be okay. At the same time, you wonder about her fate and the effect she has on others, whether she'll get back to the Blessed Lands or have to stay with the Soulless. I also really like that the author gives different characters the chance to show their side of the story. This is a method I fell in love with years ago, because you get such different angles on the same story, and it's done excellently here. The ending is, in one word, perfect. I couldn't imagine a better ending. Not everything is wrapped up in bright red ribbon, wrapped up for convenience and a nice tidy finish. But we get the story we want and asked for when we opened the book. And that's pretty perfect to me.

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Once I started this bo...

Once I started this book I could not put it down, it was just magnificent! The characters are just complex enough as is the storyline and plot, the conflicts were well timed and perfect! It was exceptionally well written and refused to let me put it down as I said until I had read it all in four hours in one sitting. I would highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a magnificent read!

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I had to go back three...

I had to go back three and four times, to accurately write a review, an easy flow to read, and reminds me of a wind passing through the pages, with the gentleness of the characters, and the tropical bent to words and names. Kailani is the star, Kai meaning sea, lani meaning sky, destined to share her spirit, rescued by her father, an Excellency from the Blessed Lands, in between, takes an asylum with her heroine Helena, and Jason, until her real family emerges. Works on the Glen Eagle farm, Sebastian the proprietor of the Farm, hard-working and realizes the spiritual affect of Kailani, while Jason introduces the Encomm, a darkness, albeit an advancement, device for communications, wirelessly, drawing great crowds to the Farm. both representing "miracles to happen." "Kailani's father, he's not unfathomable like the sea or unreachable like the sky". Meeting of good over evil, a peaceful resolution for both, ends the book, with Kailani's video, at fourteen years old sent to Helena, raising her eleven month old girl, and Jason enrolled in college. Leaving the "nature of the Spirit to rise up and walk". Written with a bit of power behind it. Thank you for the book.

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Captivatingly Poignant...

Captivatingly Poignant Novel The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky is a captivating read from author David Litwick. This is the story of a troubled teen who is ultimately able to see the best in everyone. There are so many emotions that are invoked by this novel - faith, hope, loss, grief, reconciliation, conflict, compassion. It is an emotional story that will grip readers immediately from the opening pages and will hold that same attention until the very end. The best story I've read all Year!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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