Evolved Publishing presents the literary saga of a young girl plucked from the sea under mysterious circumstances in The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack, award-winning author of Along the Watchtower.
After centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light - two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean.
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. Onboard 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 the 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.
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Such a fast moving high action story of a small child's journey. The pulling of strangers to become friends. The healing of many lives this child touched. Well done!
Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this book- the writing was thoughtful and fast-paced, the characters were real and engaging. Zimmerman's narration was the icing on the cake- her characters were believable and understated. I'll be looking for more work from her and Litwack.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.
This is a very nice story, with a very unexpected ending. It makes you question what do you believe, what do you have faith in, and who's v voice do you hear. Than it shows you how simple things are. I loved the ending, the simple truth, out of the mouths of babes. A good story for teens and young adults to show how easy it is to get wrapped up in things and see what our hearts desire.
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Title: THE DAUGHTER OF THE SEA AND THE SKY
Author: David Litwack
Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged
Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman
Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes
Release Date: February 23, 2015
Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
~ I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
The land was split in two during the Great Sundering, with an ocean between the two lands. The only place where the two countries connected was the tiny strip of land known as "The Land Bridge" which was home to two massive gates. "They called them 'Asylum Gates' because any refugee who passed through them, even by a hair's breadth, had the right to request asylum from the other side ... It straddled a negotiated boundary and provided the only contact between the Minister's people and the Soulless. Races that had kept apart except in time of war."
Geography was not the only difference between the two groups. If you lived in "The Blessed Lands," you referred to your people as "The Blessed" while the others were called "The Soulless." However, if you happened to live in "The Republic" you referred to the Blessed as "Zealots" and your own people as the voice of reason.
Helena and Jason grew up learning to quash their "passions" and to use logic and reason when problem solving or when making decisions.
Helena grew up in a privileged family. Her mother was scientific in every way, including child rearing. Her father was a beloved teacher at the Polytechnic Institute.
Jason grew up with Helena, but his family was not as well off. Despite the difference in their social status, they were the best of friends throughout their childhood. Jason moved away to further his education and to achieve something with his life and Helena missed him terribly.
Through a quirk of fate, (although their analytical brains would never have accepted fate as a valid hypothesis) Jason's new job brought him back into Helena's life at exactly the time she needed him most.
Helena's father had recently died and she had watched him slowly fade away. Since she idolized her father she had been devastated by his death. Compounding Helena's heartache was her mother's emotional and eventually even physical absence.
Helena was contemplating her loss and what to do with her future when she sees Jason running nearby. They both notice something in the water and quickly realize that someone is drowning.
Jason dives in to save the person who turns out to be a nine year old girl named Kaylani.
What neither Jason nor Helena realized at the time was that Kaylani would change their lives forever.
You would think that just the plot lines I have already mentioned would be enough for one book, but those things are just tiny parts of a much more epic tale.
Throw in the supernatural, priests and priestesses, a government bent on jailing anyone and everyone who defies the law even in the smallest way. Add an artist commune for people with damaged souls, a retiring government official who is a stickler for the rules whether they are right or wrong and a zealot with delusions of grandeur. Once you add all these characters into the story, you have one heck of an interesting read or in my case, an interesting listen since I was lucky enough to listen to the audiobook version.
THE DAUGHTER OF THE SEA AND THE SKY surprised me, but I am very glad that I chose to listen to it. I enjoyed this audiobook very much.
The narrator did an outstanding job of relating the story of this audiobook. Sarah Zimmerman was the perfect choice for this audiobook. Her tone, her pacing, her inflections and enunciation were sheer perfection. I rate the narration as 5 out of 5 stars.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The audiobook in its entirety was well done. The characters were well written and easily relatable. The setting was unique and interesting. I loved the division of the two countries. The author does an incredible job of detailing how different groups of people see themselves and each other.
David Litwack seems to have an ingrained understanding of how different people view the world around them. It is always interesting to me how multiple people can view the same event and draw vastly different conclusions from it.
David Litwack also does an excellent job of portraying the many character's personal quirks and in explaining how each character's life experiences and their personal history has contributed to their character and beliefs. By the end of this audiobook the listener feels that he (or she) really knows each character and is able to understand what motivated them to act in the ways that they did.
I rate the audiobook version of THE DAUGHTER OF THE SEA AND THE SKY as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Alas, probably in the bottom 40 percent. While I love most books I read I felt this book was for a much younger audience. While a good book, it was not for an adult.
When they arrive at the farm and find out all must earn their own keep.
Sebastion moving so quickly down the trail.
Saving the daughter of the sea and sky.
This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
This book was fairly well written.The narrator,Sarah Zimmerman,did a fine job.The main two characters were likable.The length of the book is WAY too long.The storyline is a society based on Reason vs a god based society and a child found in the sea who is a bit of both.Of course we know who 'wins' in these books.Way too much preaching for this very reasonable woman.I was given this book for an honest review.
I thought this was a pretty good story, and fairly family-friendly. Though I would consider it a young adult book, I don't think there was anything in it that I found offensive or would need to shield my 5- and 6-year olds from. I listened to the Audible audiobook and enjoyed both the story and the narration. I'm always looking for good audio books that I can enjoy with my family over summer vacation on long car trips, and I think this would fit the bill, but I don't know that it would hold my kid's attention as well as some other books, but that's okay - it wasn't written for them as an audience. I definitely think older kids could get into it - maybe 10+. I thought this story was well-written, tender, and even inspiring. I didn't find it slow at all. The narrator did a good job with pacing and didn't feel forced - I feel like it sounded comfortable, as it would sound in my head if I was reading out loud. Overall, I enjoyed the story and would read other books by David Litwack and books narrated by Sarah Zimmerman.
The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky is a self-discovery story of two individuals, Helena and Jason living in the Republic. Both have lost their perspective in their lives where it became meaningless until a nine-years old child, Kailani came from the Blessed Land, entered into their lives. Now Helena and Jason will protect Kailani from the authority and a religious fanatic from harm.
As the readers/listeners are reading through this book, there is a mysterious man in asking about Kailani while the Republic Authority is trying to integrate Kailani into their system. Readers/Listeners will ask themselves what is Kailani doing penance in the Republic. Is she fleeing from something she did in the Blessed Lands, and why is she referring herself as the Daughter of the Sea and Sky? Is Kailani the Chosen One and is that why the mysterious man is after her?
The story is told with the background of why this fictional world is divided into two governments: Blessed Land and the Republic. Little is known about the Blessed Land except it is for people who want to follow their religious practice without the involvement of government. The Republic doesn't put religion first. It is about law and order of a socialist system.
When Kailani entered into Helena and Jason's lives, Helena and Jason have to find a balance for Kailani. Doing so, they also rediscovered what is important in their lives.
One thing that I found fascinating with Kailani is that she is wise beyond her nine years old and yet still remains a child. She has me wondering who are her parents in the Blessed Lands.
Since I was listening to the audible book, the narrator, Sarah Zimmerman gave life to the characters. This is a book that I would not pay attention to except that the narrator made it interesting to listen to. There are so many point of views from six of the characters in the story that I have to listen carefully to understand what the story is trying to say to the audience.
I would like to give this book a 3.5 stars.
I was given this audiobook by the author via Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated or influence in writing this review.
Engaging, interesting and thought provoking. While a complete work of fiction you can't help but compare the two sides to things that are happening in today's world.
Not a fast paced story but one that slowly and continuously moves forward weaving a well written, creative, entertaining and unusual story.
In an effort to put and end to a religious war there is a separation between the two sides. On one side are The Blessed Lands and on the other The Republic. Referred to as The Blessed or The Soulless. One side devoid of religion one devoid of reason.
Each side has their preconceived notions about the other through what they have been taught. Each side has become stagnant/controlled in their society. While most are content to continue life as it has always been there are people on each side who feel as though their world is missing something. When a boat arrives from across the sea carrying a child from the Blessed Land her appearance has a ripple effect on the lives of the people she encounters. Can one child change the coarse of two worlds.
The story takes place in the same world as his other series the Seekers Trilogy, even though this is a separate book I'm curious about where it fits into the timeline of the seekers trilogy. It states the land bridge was built 52 years ago when treaty of separation was signed. So to me this is a "prequel" of the other series. But since I have not read the rest of the Seekers trilogy yet I could be wrong
I will definitely be continuing with any future installments set in this thought provoking world Mr. Litwack has created.
This is the first time I have heard Sarah Zimmerman narrate an audio. She did an good job. While she has a pleasant voice all her character voices sounded the same. She does use a different inflection and tone at times according to the scene but for the most part there is no difference in her character voices. I prefer more difference between male and female characters. At the same time her narration was enjoyable and fit the story.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com
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