The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky

The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky

by David Litwack


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622534319
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication date: 04/12/2014
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.61(d)

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The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Cyn_Ayala23 More than 1 year ago
Tediously Slow & Bland A well written novel that suffers from poor characterization and a tediously slow story that offers nothing to the story. Read more of this post at Cyn'
JhonniP More than 1 year ago
just lovely. This book kept me enraptured for hours, even though it’s not normally the type of book I gravitate towards (I prefer romance or more action). But I’d read another book by this same author a while ago and liked it so I gave it a shot. For the most part it is great, but there were some confusing parts and a few places where I thought it was kind of slow and there was too much “writing” and describing going on and not enough action. This is a very “talky” book with much of the external and internal conflicts arising through dialogue and how people interact. Not that this is a bad thing, it was sweet and conveyed a great message, along with a subtle (or not so subtle) commentary on how we might view others who don’t think the same way we do, and how this is at our own peril. Definitely worth checking out and is pretty much suitable for almost all ages (teens and older) although I think it is more of an adult book.
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous story by David Litwack! It’s only a matter of time before this author gets the recognition he deserves! His novels are so well thought out, he thinks outside of the box, writes in a relatable and fluid and engaging way, and manages to hook you from beginning of the story through the end! This is so rare that books do all this, at least for me. The only other author I feel like this about is Jodi Piccoult (her fans know what I mean), and even though it’s a different genre (Mr. Litwack’s tend to skew toward the fantasy as a metaphor for real life) it has the same deep emotional impact. I loved the ending and thought it was very sweet. I was sad to see it over! In fact, I think that the story should continue somehow, with Kailni as she’s older. Just a thought :-)
RepoManJM More than 1 year ago
Great This was a top notch novel from beginning to end. The author creates very clear and strong scenes that makes us feel like we are really there. I think this is a real strength of this particular author to make us the reader think we are part of the story and seeing everything through the characters eyes. The book moved at a steady pace and carefully revealed only what we need to know to keep the story progressing without killing the intrigue. Each chapter ending made we want to continue on more. Read most in one day.
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
I loved this book... I brought it with me to the pool and spent all day reading. It was one of the best books I’ve read this year. I absolutely LOVE the way this author writes, with such passion and the words just bring everything alive. Even the most mundane setting or event seems packed with an energy that’s hard to describe – it’s literary, but not overtly purple-prose stuff (that makes me nuts). Just brings every sentence and scene to life and gives it a unique quality. I liked that the characters felt fully realized and that they change and grow, and even though there are a lot of them, it’s not too many where you get confused. It seems like everyone has a purpose, and they weren’t just filler characters. A great summer read that has a positive message and entertains!
Coreeez More than 1 year ago
In the land of the godless Republic, a boat crashes on the shores carrying one young girl named Kailani. She is just 9 years old and is obviously different. Helena and Jason are recently reunited lovers who take it upon themselves to help this special young girl, and along the way they learn new truths about themselves and the world they live in. This is a very good book. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It is a nice story and is imaginative and vivid. I thought some parts were a little slow, and it seemed too familiar in a way. But this could just be me and I have zero doubt that many people will love it. The author David Litwack is clearly talented, and while I may have liked his other book better, this one is still worthy of praise and worth reading.
BookPrincessSF More than 1 year ago
With the kids out for summer, my time is limited so I must be pretty selective about what I take on to read. But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read another great David Litwack novel! And I’m glad I didn’t. Once again he delivers in the manner of some of the better authors I’ve read, with tight focused prose that is beautiful and evocative at the same time, making every page come to life. His characters are anything but ordinary, especially in this case when the young girl named “Kailani” (meaning “the daughter of sea and sky) appears on the shores of the Republic with a mysterious agenda. To help her are Helena and Jason, and together they must figure out who she is, while discovering more about themselves in the process. It’s a story that will resonate with many people, and I encourage anyone who appreciates some light fantasy with intelligence to give this a shot. It’s easy to digest and is very pleasurable!
NikkyH7117 More than 1 year ago
Iwas thrilled to hear that David Litwack had released another novel, and I wasted no time in reading it. I’d been in a book slump lately and this was just the antidote I needed! Creative, strong, and emotionally challenging, “The Daughter of Sea and Sky” delivers the best that books have to offer – a wonderful escape from the world around us, while gently encouraging us to consider our lives and how we impact and influence our world. There are many hidden meanings and metaphors in this novel that make you think about more than what is just going on in the story. I love when authors actually have something to say and don’t just tell a simple tale. Loved every page and I highly recommend for fans of genre fiction.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I am not quite sure what to make of this book. It was good, but for me several parts just felt a bit flat and passionless. I don’t know what it was, but it seemed to me that it just dragged on in parts or didn’t thoroughly explain other parts that caused me to ask more questions in my head than I thought were answered. I had a lot of questions about the actual people of these two factions, and wanted to know more of the history. It just felt too neatly wrapped up for me. I guess what it was that it was exceptionally written and nicely edited, but it didn’t feel like it brought anything new to the table that really wowed me. Perhaps I’m being cynical, because I really enjoyed this author’s other works, just this one didn’t get me as fired up for whatever reason.
AprilDawn More than 1 year ago
Leave it to David Litwack to come up with not only a beautifully written and thought-provoking story, but one that will completely take you away from the ordinary type of genre-specific novel and cross boundaries and blend ideas. Its fantasy, but real. It’s spiritual, yet grounded. It makes you think and question things, but without being “preachy’. I genuinely enjoy his style of writing and appreciate the pains he goes to present a well-written and carefully constructed novel that is worthy of my precious time. And I mean that with all sincerity. I would encourage my teens to read this and think they will like it. Give this one a chance, and you won’t be disappointed. The same goes for his other books, too!
-Cale-Owens- More than 1 year ago
I am really picky about books that I give five stars to and this one hovered around a four for me until the end… and the fact that even a week later (when writing this review) I’m still thinking about it and told my mom she had to read it. So I think I’ll be giving it a five! I looked over the review I wrote for this author’s other book “Along the Watchtower” and was pleasantly surprised to see that many of the elements I was so impressed with in that one were clearly present in “Daughter of Sea and Sky”: mainly his ability to create emotion without writing overly emotional or sappy scenes. Just genuine reflection. There is a sense of gentle restraint, not the overly dramatic and contrived antics of someone trying to “create” a reaction or emotion. Everything that happens feels real and authentic, even if it bordered on a tinge to ‘sweet’ at times. It was balanced nicely by darker elements. I’m glad I read this one and will know to be on the lookout for more David Litwack in the future!
MWilliamsMW More than 1 year ago
I do not generally rehash plots that’s what the descriptions are for but basically the world has been split in half, with ‘soulless” reason and logic thinkers on one side, and the ‘zealot’ religious people of faith on the other. The two groups are separated by water, and one day a young girl (Kailani) shows up on the Republic side (the science people) and everything takes off from there. I particularly like this genre of fiction because it is making such a commentary on our real world, yet is portrayed in a way that makes you come to your own decisions and opinions. Its real, but it’s not real. Yet many sentiments (the us v. them, our way right, yours wrong) is something that is very real. This book delivers not only a thought-provoking and positive message, but does it in an interesting, and at times, quite profound way. Highly recommend. Ages 13 and up.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
Thank you, David Litwack for this touching and heart-warming story! It’s such a refreshing change from the depressing dystopia I’ve been reading lately. I enjoyed this as I have the other books from Mr. Litwack. He not only weaves interesting and complex tales, but does so with some of the loveliest prose I’ve seen from any author anywhere. But he doesn’t go overboard and keeps the story flowing at a nice and steady rhythm. It’s hard not to read too fast because you want to know what happens, but at the same time struggle to pace yourself so that it’s not over too soon! This is a harder book to define exactly what type it is, as it definitely has a slightly sci/fi/fantasy/alternative history vibe, but at the same time feels current and realistic (for the most part). The characters are believable and endearing. A strong message that leaves us satisfied, yet still wanting more. Simply delightful. Highly recommend.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
The world in Daughter of Sea and Sky by David Litwack is different than the one we know today. After centuries of wars, the world has been divided into two parts – the “Blessed Lands” for the spiritual believers, and the “Republic” for the science-based crowd. People belonged to one or the other and outsiders are treated with great suspicion and hostility. Much like some people are today. Although an interesting concept, and I get where the author was going with this, I wonder how everyone managed to fit so neatly into these two camps (even though they don’t really) because most people don’t see things in such ‘all or nothing’ terms. Most are some of each, more ‘grey’ than just ‘black and white’, But for arguments sake let’s go with the premise and see how that level of thinking is hurtful and leaves no room for any balanced progress or growth. This novel illustrates in a thoughtful and profound way the things we have to gain when we open our world and lives up, instead of closing it off.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
Another terrific read from David Litwack. This is an amazing book and I think that Kailani is one of the best characters I’ve come across in a while, and you can tell the author has a special bond with her and knows her well. I liked how she talked and was so wise beyond her years. She has special “gifts” even though she is just a ‘normal’ young girl. I like how the story reminded me almost like a Native American or even a Hawaiian folktale with the elements of mysticism and magical realism. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and think almost anyone will enjoy it. It’s appropriate for teens and up, and even if some of the deeper messages are lost on the younger crowd they will surely benefit from its overall message.
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
The Daughter of Sea and Sky starts off strong and carries through nicely, although I admit at first the prologue was confusing. But once we get to Helena and Jason and then Kailani, the story starts right away and we are mesmerized by this new reality the author David Litwack has created. He does a great job of world building in a natural and organic way, instead of just ‘dumping’ it all on us right off the bat there is a continual build through actions and dialogue. I like when Helena says “what in the name of reason would a boat be doing here?” (instead of ‘God’), because her part of the world believes only in science and reason and shun those of faith (and vice versa). But like anything that is only in “black and white” some gray inevitably happens – and that’s where the mysterious young Kalaini comes in. An inventive voyage that is definitely worth taking.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars... The Daughter of Sea and Sky is the third book now I have read from this author and I think it might be my favorite one yet! Not sure as they are all pretty amazing. This is one of those books that when you reach the end you have a sense of awe and wonder, along with the feeling of being happier to have read it (not the case with many books I’m afraid!) There is an overall sense of a higher message – a deeper meaning that resonates throughout the pages, and although I did feel at times that perhaps the solutions were a bit too convenient and even a tad to neat and easy, I did feel the right amount of emotional investment in Kalaini, Helena, Jason and the others. There were a few surprising turns along the way. Overall a very solid effort and one I’d recommend to fans of literary fantasy and speculative fiction. Or to anyone who enjoys a great book with solid writing and intriguing characters.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t sure by the description that I would feel all that much enthusiasm for this particular book. And then I realized that this was the same author who wrote “Along the Watchtower” and “There Comes a Prophet” (if you haven’t read these I suggest you do now!) so I kept an open mind and delved in. I should have known that it would be nothing short of spectacular! David Litwack has earned himself a place on my most respected authors list for his careful and thoughtful and beautiful writing style. You can really hear is “voice” throughout and it carries through this emotionally engaging and spiritually challenging look at a different world, but one we can all relate to.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
This is the third book I’ve now read from this author, the first two being “Along the Watchtower” and “There Comes a Prophet”. I really enjoyed both of them and gave them and the author high praise for his skillful writing and unique style of storytelling that is original and fresh, but completely relatable. Well, as much as I loved the other two, in my opinion “The Daughter of Sea and Sky” was even better!! I didn’t want to stop reading until I’d finished the whole thing, and when I did I had tears in my eyes. Mr. Litwack is, as I’ve said, a great writer and storyteller. I especially appreciate that this novel makes you think, and even though its technically a ‘fantasy-world’, in a way it’s a great metaphor for not only how things are now (always one side against other), but perhaps see how both sides need each other to flourish. I don’t want to give away too much. Just read it – you won’t be disappointed.
JesseThomas More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book, although I did think it was a bit too slow at times and I wish there was more heightened tension and higher stakes. It just felt a bit too safe, if that makes sense. But the writing is very strong and very professionally presented. It’s very easy to read and follow along, but I wish I could visualize the characters better. There were some brief descriptions of a few, but not enough in my opinion. Everything else was nicely described though and I felt like I was watching a movie as I was reading along. I did think plot was maybe a bit simplistic and cliché, and I actually had the girl’s ‘secret’ figured out early on. The characters do change and evolve, but in a slightly predictable way. This may sound like I didn’t like this book, but just the opposite! It really is very good. I think that the author is so talented he should just take a few more chances next time and not play it so safe.
Dreambeast7 More than 1 year ago
I began David Litwack's novel The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky expecting the title character to be a fabulous creature supercharged with magical power. Instead I met Kailani, a nine-year-old girl who has run away from home. Kailani does have the ability to transform the lives of those she meets, but her power isn't supernatural. It comes from the altogether human qualities of beauty, innocence, and love. The world of the novel consists of two hostile nations, the Blessed Lands where people believe in the Spirit, and the Republic of Reason where people embrace empiricism. Most of the action unfolds in the Republic, a place much like our own world with technology circa 1985. The Blessed Lands are less advanced. Decades after a long and bloody war, the two nations have an uneasy peace maintained through rigid diplomatic protocols. Each side demonizes the other. Believers are zealots; non-believers are soulless. Free travel between the nations does not exist although procedures exist to seek asylum. Those who enter surreptitiously are considered enemies until proven otherwise.  When Kailani arrives on the shores of the Republic of Reason in a foundering boat, proclaiming herself the Daughter of the Sea and the Sky, she presents a problem for the authorities. Although only a child, she breaks the law by preaching the existence of the Spirit. She tells Helene and Jason, the young couple who rescue her from the sea, that she has come from the Blessed Lands to do penance. For what sin she refuses to say. The couple tries to protect her and discover that doing so requires greater personal sacrifice than they imagined. Meanwhile subversive elements within the Republic see in Kailani a means of advancing their own agenda. A major theme of the novel is that grief is unavoidable for anyone capable of love. Almost every major character mourns a loved one and struggles to make sense of the loss. Yet love gives meaning to life. After the death of her father Helene is cast adrift until she reconnects with Jason, her childhood sweetheart. Significantly, the villain, a religious fanatic who would sacrifice Kailani to his faith, feels neither love nor grief. He only cares about getting what he wants. Another theme examines the dichotomy of faith and reason. The two nations struggle to coexist yet they need each other. The Blessed Lands lack modern technology. The Republic of Reason prospers materially, but it's a drab and uninspiring place where many people hunger for a greater meaning. Kailani shines there like a candle in the dark. Litwack suggests that we need both faith and reason and our challenge is to find a way for them to coexist within us. The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky is a beautifully written story with a fully imagined world and complex characters. I would have preferred a bit more subtlety in the presentation of theme, but other readers will disagree. Without a doubt this is a novel worthy of your time even if you don't usually read fantasy.
Wildflowers More than 1 year ago
The daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack is a stunningly constructed story of a young girl who is deeply troubled but goes out of her way to help others. Tender yet tense, it is a story that explores the issue of faith and reason, and the wisdom and discernment to choose between right and wrong. David Litwack's exquisitely crafted story is thoughtful, passionate and simply delightful. Kailani is a young girl who is only nine years old. She is fleeing the Blessed Lands across the forbidden ocean on a tiny boat when it crashes against a rock and starts to sink. She is saved in the nick of time by Helena and Jason, children of the Republic. When the two learned that Kailani is "the Daughter of the Sea and the Sky" they are resolute in their determination to protect her and make it possible for her to get back home. They embarked on journey that will change not only the course of their destinies but also that of the Blessed Lands and the Republic. David Litwack's sweeping novel The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky is a powerful story that follows the journey of a mysterious but charming little girl whose mere presence seems to have changed the lives of those people around her. In more ways than they bargained for, even troubled souls like Helena and Jason have seen major transformation in their lives. Superbly imagined with a tense plot which makes it difficult to put down, David Litwack has another bestseller to his name.
TheIndigoQuill More than 1 year ago
See full review @ The Indigo Quill . blogspot . com I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. David Litwack is no stranger to The Indigo Quill. As the author of There Comes a Prophet and Along the Watchtower, he's becoming a regular around here, and he most definitely has earned his spot. The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky is a charming tale about a special young girl that the reader will fall in love with. She has come to represent justice, although she faces trial and tribulation. The story hits the ground running as Litwack prepares the reader for the journey of a lifetime. Another favorite from David Litwack, I enjoyed reading this book. I became attached to the characters and the storyline had me wrapped within it at the very beginning. It's different from his other work, so he gives us a fresh perspective and a further look into his ability to write fantasy novels of different calibers. There were some moments where the story was slow-moving, but it still kept my interest. If you're looking for a light fantasy with a charming milieu, then you will enjoy this book. I expect to continue seeing more great work from this author, so be sure to grab yourself a copy!
ElaineWhite More than 1 year ago
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.
BadBoatyGirl More than 1 year ago
Great fantasy book, i love the world he created and the story. it was a great read.