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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Published by Evolved Publishing LLC
Words: 108,370
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781622534302
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. 07, 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. 07, 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. 02, 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. 02, 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. 01, 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)

Review by: Cale Owens on July 20, 2014 :
I’m 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!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mark Williams on July 13, 2014 :
I don’t 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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Brenda Maxwell on July 10, 2014 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jenna Brewster on July 10, 2014 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Ryan on July 06, 2014 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kaylee Stevens on July 03, 2014 :
"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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Claire Middleton on June 29, 2014 :
4.5 stars...
The Daughter of Sea and Sky is the third book now I’ve 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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Karen Matthews on June 24, 2014 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Stacy Decker on June 20, 2014 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Anabella Johnson on June 17, 2014 :
I was so excited to see another book from David Litwack I downloaded it right away and literally gobbled the whole thing up in one evening. I read a lot of authors, traditional published, small press, indies… and often times I can tell a difference. But with Mr. Litwack I believe his books could (and should!) sit alongside any of the biggest names in a big-box store. The editing is flawless, and his prose is descriptive and elegant. But it’s the way he weaves the story and incorporates the characters in a fresh and compelling way that keeps you glued to the pages, er, my kindle. There is a nice twist at the end that gave me the chills.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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