The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky

Rated 4.58/5 based on 19 reviews
A mysterious nine-year-old from the Blessed Lands sails into the lives of a couple in the Republic, claiming to be the Daughter of the Sea and the Sky. Is she a troubled child longing to return home, or a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of the Republic? The answer will change the lives of all she meets… and perhaps their world as well. [Literary, Saga, Speculative] More

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About David Litwack

The urge to write first struck me when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But I was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, I religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into my twenties. Then life intervened. I paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When I found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

"There Comes a Prophet," published in July 2012, was the first novel in this new stage of life. My second, "Along the Watchtower," came out in June 2013.

My wife and I split our time between Cape Cod, Florida, and anywhere else that catches our fancy. I no longer limit myself to five pages a day and am thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

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Review by: Jhonni Parker on Aug. 11, 2014 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Carla Biggins on Aug. 7, 2014 :
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 :-)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: James Masters on Aug. 7, 2014 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Darla Ortiz on Aug. 2, 2014 :
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!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Cory Banyan on Aug. 2, 2014 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Sophia Renee on Aug. 1, 2014 :
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!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Nicole Hastings on July 29, 2014 :
I was 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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Steph Coleman on July 26, 2014 :
Honestly, I’m 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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: April Dawn on July 20, 2014 :
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!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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