Of Sea and Stone

Of Sea and Stone

by Kate Avery Ellison


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If only we'd known how many secrets the sea held...

All her life, clever Aemi has been a slave in the Village of the Rocks, a place where the sea and sky meet. She's heard the stories about the fabled People of the Sea, a people who possess unimaginable technology who live below the waves in the dark, secret places of the ocean. But she never dreamed those stories were true.

When a ship emerges from the ocean and men burn her village, Aemi is captured, and enslaved below the waves in Itlantis, a world filled with ancient cities of glass and metal, floating gardens, and wondrous devices that seem to work magic. To make matters worse, her village nemesis, the stuck-up mayor's son Nol, was captured with her, and they are made servants in the same household beneath the sea.

Desperate to be free, Aemi plots her escape, even going so far as to work with Nol. But the sea holds more secrets than she realizes, and escape might not be as simple as leaving...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495470028
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)

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Of Sea and Stone 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
This was not what I expected, in a very, very, good way! For some reason I expected mermaids!!  Aemi is a slave in the Village of Rocks. She dreams of being free. Her mother used to tell her stories of where she came from and Aemi vowed to one day see it. She has heard the stories of the people who live underwater but always thought they were just that, stories. So when her village is attacked and Aemi is captured, along with all the men, she is terrified. Everyone is split up and Aemi ends up sent to the same place as Nol, her nemesis. She is again a slave but this time she has the means and motive to plot her escape. But escape isn't as easy as she thought!  I fell in love with the authors first series and had to try this one. Well I'm so glad I did because she has managed to create another amazing world. Everything about Itlantis was fascinating. The different realms and history were captivating. The author can really pull you in to her writing and make you apart of the world she has created.  Character wise, I really liked all of them but Aemi and Nol were my favourite. Aemi is strong, determined and not afraid to take a chance and Nol started out as a typical spoiled rich kid but I ended up really liking him. He grew a lot during the story.  Plot wise, Of Sea and Stone was relatively fast paced. I loved the idea of a whole civilization residing below the water with no knowledge of what it's like to live above. The unique realms and history behind them were fascinating as was the places themselves. Being book 1 in the series though, we are left with a lot of unanswered questions so I'm hoping we find them out in future books.  Anyway, overall Of Sea and Stone was a captivating read. From it's unique and creative world to it's enchanting setting, Of Sea and Stone is a must read. It has captured my interest and I can not wait to see what happens next!  Kate Avery Ellison is fast becoming one of my favourite authors because she has created some amazing worlds and she continues to impress me with each book. 
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and packed with unexpected twists the whole way through, this is a tale which grabs and doesn't let go the whole way through. Aemi is a slave in a village, which is built into the rocks along the ocean. One night, a ship rises out of the water, attacks the village and she, along with many men, is taken prisoner. Soon, her execution is ordered, but one of the attackers smuggles her off of the ship and takes her to work as an indentured servant for a wealthy man in an underwater city, which she thought only existed in myths. Her only goal is to escape, but fate isn't on her side. This is the first book in a series and what an exciting start it is! Aemi is kind-hearted, tough in her own way, and, yet, vulnerable. It was easy to like her from the very first page and cheer for her the entire way through. Although the story starts with a simple and busy life as a slave in a small village, the world building and pacing quickly picks-up on complexity. The simple village clashes with a more modern under-sea life, which holds slight similarities with our modern world. As soon as Aemi settles into a situation, another harsh twists comes her way. She is constantly facing new hurdles and problems. It's hard to guess what is coming next, and each new situation and trouble adds to an increasingly layered plot. Even the palette of characters is constantly changing, but the author still gives each one enough individuality and personality to keep them from coming across superficial or unnecessary. It's a rich world, and it's only the beginning, promising so much more to come in the rest of the series. After reading this first adventure, I can't wait to get my hands on the next book and see what happens to Aemi and her friends next. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed this tale so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed how the main character has so much determination to reach her goals. She begins to find her self in this book, taking on challenges to reach her goals which help her grow as a person while remaining fiercely loyal to those she cares about. Can't wait to read the next book!
booklovelounge More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars I initially thought that it was going to be boring the way the story began for Aemi. When they did get to a whole new world (which kinda reminded me of The Capitol in Hunger Games), I was impressed and found myself hooked with the story anyway. However, I felt that things happened all too easily for Aemi for quite some time in the book that it got a little boring. It kept me wondering when the climax would be, seeing that things seemed too unrealistically in favor of the main protagonist of the story. After something DID happen later on in the story, I still felt like Aemi didn't go through so much of a challenge, or maybe that's just me. Haha. Full review: http://thebookloverslounge.com/review-of-sea-and-stone-by-kate-avery-ellison/ Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Aemi’s life as a slave sucks. Her only comforts are her friend Kit and her dreams of freeing herself and traveling to the mysterious and wonderful place her mother once called home. But before Aemi has a chance to change her life, her village is raided by the sea people and she and many young men from the village are kidnapped and enslaved in the undersea world of Itlantis. There, she finds that enemies might just be friends and there is an injustice that goes deeper than the one committed against her. Of Sea and Stone was fantastic. It grabbed and held on to my attention through the entire story, as Aemi experiences all the ups and downs of a slave in a technological, undersea world. Her relationship with one of the other slaves from her hometown and the mystery underlying her capture and history kept me intrigued until the very end. Aemi was a nice woman. She always wanted to know more and used every opportunity to do so. She usually had a decent attitude, despite everything that happened to her. One thing I did not understand is why Aemi was determined to escape Itlantis, even when good things were happening to her. Her life became much better than it ever had been in her village. I suppose it is because of the injustice done to her—that she had no choice but was forced to go there. I loved the world it was set in. I had expected Itlantis to be a mermaid type of civilization, or maybe a version of the original Atlantians. Instead, it was more like the modern-day civilization and technology, forced to go underwater because of some disaster a thousand years before. The technology was slightly more advanced than it is today, instead of a primitive kind of society, like Aemi’s Village of the Rocks. I found it interesting that Itlantis had slavery. If it was an advanced society from earth, what happened to reverse the no-slave policy? I suppose they were not exactly slaves: Criminals were forced into indentured servitude until they can pay off the debt they gained from their crimes. But still, not everyone was actually guilty… Overall, Of Sea and Stone was very interesting. There were different facets to the story that made it interesting as the mysteries were solved. I am excited to read the next book and bought it after I finished this one. I would definitely recommend it anyone who likes dystopian. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for and honest review.
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved this story. It held me captive from the first page to the last. I thought the storyline was amazing and the characters were well-developed. This is a great book that covers a group of different genres. I can not wait to see what the author has in store for us next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a clever, well-written adventure story! It's well thought-out and the main character, Aemi, is someone who is courageous, has a deep capacity to love others and who is shrewd and clever. This book is geared to be the first of a series or trilogy. The ending of book one leaves plenty of roomfor the author to take the arc of the story in multiple directions and i look forward to finding out what happens to Aemi and the people / cast of characters around her. Read it!! And enjoy this author's writing style and the world she builds. It's a worthy investment of your time and imagination.