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A feisty sailor with forbidden magic. A golden heir with a secret love. When they head out to find a legendary treasure and change their stars, their lives change forever. 

Kinneret is scraping out a low-caste living. Barely.

It doesn't help that she has a fiery temper, or that she secretly practices forbidden salt magic to control the sea. None of that will keep her and her younger sister fed.

And it won't keep Calev, the Chairman's son, close to her either. Their childhood friendship is tolerated, but when they come of age it will have to end. She can't let Calev be outcast for her sake. She loves him too much.

The only real solution to all Kinneret's problems is to rise above her station, so when a family friend offers her a map to the mythical island of silver, she will risk it all to seek a treasure lost to the seas for over 300 years.

Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Tamora Pierce, and Sabaa Tahir!

©2017 Alisha Klapheke (P)2019 Alisha Klapheke

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An uncommonly good fantasy adventure story

Waters of Salt and Sin is an exceptional novel set in a deep and complex fantasy world rich with traditional eastern culture elements. The protagonist, a low-born sailor named Kinneret, is locked within a caste system where those born into slavery may buy their way to higher standing with silver. Kinneret seeks little more than a safe and secure life for herself and her little sister and aims to use her sailing skills to earn enough silver to buy their way into a higher caste. Sailing is a dangerous and challenging trade, as those that die at sea are cursed to haunt the oceans as salt wraiths and prey on any living mortals brave (or foolish) enough to remain on the oceans during the night. The story combines several genres. It is a coming-of-age story that combines action, adventure, romance, and low fantasy into a strong and compelling narrative. Kinneret is a strong heroine and leader, but her flaws, insecurities, and vulnerabilities make her a relatable and lovable character you'll find yourself drawn to. The other characters who support Kinneret, like Oron and Calev, are just as well written, though perhaps not quite as deep and intricately detailed as Kinneret. Overall, the dialog is snappy, the pacing makes the book hard to put down, and the plot is expertly spun from a series of smaller story arcs that keep the reader interested. The book is also part of a series but thankfully does not end on a cliff hanger, making it an excellent introduction to this exciting and well-developed world. At the beginning of the book, the reader is immediately immersed in the unfamiliar culture and society of Jakobden, which can be a bit jarring and confusing, but as the story progresses, more and more of the fascinating setting is described. I mention this to encourage readers not to be discouraged if they can't immediately sort out everything going at the start -- it'll all come together soon. I cannot find many flaws with Waters of Salt and Sin, which makes it an exceptional example of the growing number of successful indie, self-published authors. Though it's identified in the teen and young adult category, the book delves into a few dark places as it skirts topics such as slavery, rape, and torture. Nothing explicit is gratuitous or described in detail. Still, those sensitive to such things could be bothered by the iniquitous treatment of slaves and other low born in a caste society. The audiobook version of Waters of Salt and Sin is narrated by the talented Heather Costa, whose natural voice is perfect for any feisty heroine. The complex characters really allow Costa to demonstrate her ability to create unique voices that capture each character's personality. Overall, she's an excellent narrator, and this book was a perfect fit for her talent. I received this audiobook for free and am providing an honest review.

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A Unique And Beautiful World

This book was a delight to listen to. The setting was immersive, engaging and unique. I was impressed with how well the world was developed, down to the last details. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed the chemistry between the main character and her love interest. The plot was fun and full of twists, although the ending did go on a bit longer than expected. The narrator was overall good. I thought she did a good job portraying the main characters, although I didn't find her voice as convincing for the secondary characters.

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love this story

the story is excellent, the author has created an amazing world! I can't want for more in this series. narration is great!

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A fun listen

This was an interesting take on a sea dependent people along with a caste system. I really liked the main character even if at times I wanted to punch her. She really loved her family and did what she thought was best for them. I loved the culture and magic though I wish we could have learned about more of it and why certain things were important. I especially want to know more about the salt magic since it was fascinating. I want to know what other stories this world has to offer and what will happen next for these characters. I loved their struggles and the relationships people formed. I would definitely recommend this book to people since it was a fun and fast listen. I received this audiobook for free and am providing an honest review

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Waters of Salt & Sin

This is a fantastic listen. That pulls you in right from the beginning to the end. The Narrator has done a Fantastic job with the Author at bringing out the Characters. The World building is amazing. There are twists and turns. Its fast paced. And plenty of Action. I was given this read. I definitely recommend this read. Shauna Joesten

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Great story; needs a good edit

I started out listening to the audiobook and really had a hard time, so I switched to the ebook on kindle unlimited. It was easier to read than to listen to, but I still ended up dnf-ing it at 25% The story was unique and very interesting, and normally I would have continued it but it definitely needs editing and by 25% the writing overwhelmed the story for me and I couldn't make myself continue. The audiobook narrator wasn't my favorite but she also wasn't terrible. Her voice combined with the writing style just made it difficult for me to listen. Story: 4 stars Writing style: 2 stars Audiobook narrator: 3 stars Overall: 3 stars I was provided a copy of this audiobook by the author and am voluntarily leaving a review

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What a great ride!!

Wow!! This is a fast paced fantasy book. It involves witches, monsters, magic, slaves, and forbidden love!! This world is so different than anything that I have read and I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. My only complaint is that at times some of the plot felt a bit rushed but I enjoyed it. I listened to the audiobook and I would highly recommend downloading the High Quality version. The narrator is fabulous as well!!

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a great fast and fun read!

I originally purchased this book as a kindle book, but received an audiobook from the author to review. This book was a great fast and fun read. The characters were very diverse and intriguing. The romantic lead is flawed but still very impressive. The main character is ambitious and strong. And the story had many twists and turns, danger, romance, and trials. The narrator does an amazing job of telling the story. She definitely seems to be interested and engrossed in the story which adds to the overall storytelling experience. Definitely recommend this book on audio!

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awesome story

awesome start to a new series interesting story i enjoyed it, love the cover too

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Recommended

I really enjoyed how the author wove all the elements of this world together. The characters' actions and interactions are consistent and believable. I will definitely be looking up the next book in the series

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  • Helen
  • 04-25-20

Great storyline

I Enjoyed this audio book very much from start to finish great story line too

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  • Brianna Belbin
  • 10-07-19

Magic & Action Packed

This was a really good start to the Uncommon World series! I was thrown into a completely new world filled with a caste system, magic, and mythology that I’ve never heard of before and it was action packed and enthralling. Kinneret is a salt witch who wants to marry Calev, but isn’t of the right status. She learns of a lost land of silver and hopes to raise her status, but when someone enslaves her sister, she makes a deal with the queen: she must find the lost land to secure her rulership so her sailors will rescue her sister, Avi. I found Kinneret’s devotion and loyalty to her sister over Calev realistic and admiring. I enjoyed Calev and Kinneret’s forbidden romance- they had many struggles, but were supportive for one another. All of the characters had different, but great personalities and development. Avi is sweet (even though we don’t see too much of her), Calev tends to bite off more than he can chew, Kinneret is hot headed, but fiercely loyal to those she loves, and Oron is full of snark and wit. Alisha did an amazing job with her creative and vivid world building that’s weaved in ancient Mediterranean cultures! I loved the idea of salt magic, which is completely new to me, and the political/ caste system as well as a religion centered on Holy Fire. Heather does a good job with this narration! She used different voices for each character and it was always easy to distinguish who was talking. Her voice had a magical feel to it and kept me entertained from start to finish! *I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.