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Of Sea and Stone

(Secrets of Itlantis #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  704 ratings  ·  90 reviews
All her life, clever Aemi has been a slave in the Village of the Rocks, a place where the sea and sky meet. She’s heard the stories about the fabled People of the Sea, a people who possess unimaginable technology who live below the waves in the dark, secret places of the ocean. But she never dreamed those stories were true.

When a ship emerges from the ocean and men burn he
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Published February 2nd 2014 (first published February 1st 2014)
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Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of sea and stone is the first book in a series of five. It tells the story of Aemi. She is a slave with ambition. To help a friend she breaks all the rules. She wins a spear throwing competition and earns herself punishment. To escape she finds herself getting kidnapped and taken to Itlantis. She dreams of being free and finding Perilous, a place her mother used to tell her about but to find her dream she has to work with Nol. The pair have never got along. The end of this book will leave you wa ...more
This story took me by surprise. While it sounded quite interesting and I thought I would enjoy it, I am shocked at how much I enjoyed it. I devoured this book! Both times I've read it. I did not want to stop! I love it when a story consumes me the way this one did.

Aemi grew up in a village by the sea. She is what they call a Thrall. A slave by any other name. When the village is attacked she is taken captive and placed, once again as a slave, onto the care of a scholar and his household. With he
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was not what I expected, in a very, very, good way! For some reason I expected mermaids!!

Aemi is a slave in the Village of Rocks. She dreams of being free. Her mother used to tell her stories of where she came from and Aemi vowed to one day see it. She has heard the stories of the people who live underwater but always thought they were just that, stories. So when her village is attacked and Aemi is captured, along with all the men, she is terrified. Everyone is split up and Aemi ends up sen
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, review
This and my other reviews can be found at Amethyst Bookwyrm

Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for giving me this book to review.

Aemi is a thrall in the Village of the Rocks, and has been for as long as she can remember. She dreams of travelling to Perilous, her mother’s home before her mother became a thrall and died. Aemi’s life changes forever when a ship emerges from the ocean, her village is burnt and she, along with some of the young men of the village, are taken to Itlantis, a world under the o
I was offered the opportunity to read this novel and I have to say that it was so much better than I initially assumed! It is well written, action packed, full of surprises and totally enthralling - I really want to read the sequel to is asap! I read it in a day, not wanting to put it down if at all possible till I reached the end.

Aemi is a thrall, a slave girl, who grew up in the Village of Rocks, a small community nestled by the sea. As she grew up her mother told her of the amazing place she
Seeing Double in Neverland
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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5 out of 5 stars

This is a unique book and a must read!
Katherine Paschal
Aemi is a Thrall, just another word for a servant- but she dreams of being free and works hard to one day be able to buy her way out of her situation. After entering a competition in the place of her good friend, she gets into trouble, making her more of a pariah than normal. With the intent of laying low, she is shocked to be awakened in the middle of the night by intruders who take her and all the young men of her village as prisoners. She finds herself a captive of the fabled Itlanteans, the ...more
Erin Ballance
I received an advanced reader copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed this book which is the first in a series of 5 (I believe). I was immediately taken with the characters and the world building was beautifully done. The plot has several different parts to it which kept the story moving and exciting. The characters slowy evolve as they question their own feelings, motives, & futures. The action really starts to build towards the end and the ending had me scrambling to fin ...more
Kelly Gunderman
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Check out this and other reviews on my blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

I feel the need to start of by saying I don't typically enjoy books in a series. Sometimes I have a difficult time keeping up with a standalone novel to the end, let alone want to keep reading about the same story line over the span of several books. This book is a great exception from that, and if anything, it made me excited to continue with the other books in the series.

Of Sea and Stone was such a wonderfully written fantasy
Saruuh Kelsey
((2.5 stars))

I am SO annoyed by that ending. Because it was good?! And the rest of the book wasn't, really.

There were a lot of things I didn't like about Of Sea and Stone. For the first 20% of the book, I was just waiting for something to happen. A bunch of the stuff that happened didn't feel relevant (spear throwing contest, for example.) The world was fine - I kinda liked the first one (Village of the Rocks) with it being literally hewn from huge rocks, but I couldn't tell in places whether it
Tonja Drecker
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and packed with unexpected twists the whole way through, this is a tale which grabs and doesn't let go the whole way through.

Aemi is a slave in a village, which is built into the rocks along the ocean. One night, a ship rises out of the water, attacks the village and she, along with many men, is taken prisoner. Soon, her execution is ordered, but one of the attackers smuggles her off of the ship and takes her to work as an indentured servant for a wealthy man in an underwater city, wh
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diversity-ftw
For more reviews, visit Books and Insomnia .
*I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for the book tour.* 

To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from Of Sea and Stone because I've never heard of this book before I signed up for this tour. While I must admit that what drew me to this book in the first place was the cover, I also thought the blurb seemed promising so I signed up for a review copy. And boy, I'm just so glad I did.

Of Sea and Stone is an imp
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 

My Thoughts Of Sea and Stone is the first book in the young adult fantasy/magic series called Secrets of Itlantis. I love the covers of this series. They have a very Josephine Angeleini Starcrossed series feel to them. Four books in the Secrets of Itlantis series have already been released and each of the book covers is done in a different color scheme, which I love. They go really well together, and if you are new to the se
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it At A Glance
A really interesting story and world.
The Good
If you are looking for some rich world-building, you have found it. I felt so immersed in the world in Of Sea and Stone. And the concept is unique. Sure, it is similar to the whole Atlantis thing, but it's done in a totally distinctive way. The imagery was amazing. I could picture the underwater city and all its glory.

Aemi was a very strong, likable, spunky character. She has been a slave
Nada Sobhi
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison is the launch pad and first instalment in the Secrets of Itlantis series. Told in the first person from Aemi’s perspective, the novel opens in the Village of the Rocks. However, it soon moves to the Cities of Itlantis, built beneath the water, after our heroine is kidnapped along with others from her village.

Aemi is a ‘thrall’, a fancy word for slave, so was her mother. However, Aemi has been collecting as much money as she could in order to buy her freedom
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

And honestly this was the first book I even signed up for because it was the first one that had a decently interesting synopsis.

The story itself and the world in which it was set were enjoyable and rather unique. I'd love to visit the underwater country of Itlantis that Aemi is taken to when she is kidnapped. It sounds exceptionally beautiful.

But the characterization and quality of writing just weren't very good. Firstly, the characters
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Aemi’s life as a slave sucks. Her only comforts are her friend Kit and her dreams of freeing herself and traveling to the mysterious and wonderful place her mother once called home. But before Aemi has a chance to change her life, her village is raided by the sea people and she and many young men from the village are kidnapped and enslaved in the undersea world of Itlantis. There, she finds that enemies might just be friends and there is an injustice that goes deeper than the one committed again ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this from Xpresso Book Tours as part of the blog tour.
*Review can be found on The Fox's Hideaway.

My Review!
First off, that cover is holy wow gorgeous blue! And second, I really enjoyed Of Sea and Stone! It was a wonderfully written, richly detailed story that had me gripped from the beginning. It may have been short, but it was a great start to the series!

Even though this was a quick and short read, I could still connect with the main character, Aemi. She's a live-in servan
F. A.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aemi lives in a place called Village of the Rocks. She is a slave and ignored and treated horrible by a boy her age in her village Nol. Everything changes for Aemi in the blink of an eye. A ship comes from the ocean in the middle of the night and takes Aemi and Nol.They travel to a world under the depths of the ocean. Nol ends up being taken to the same house and made a slave with her. Bitter and enslaved these two have a lot to figure out about the new world they have been taken too. This city ...more
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
I received a free copy via YA Bound Tours in exchange for a free review. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are my own.

This is the first book I've read written by Kate Avery Ellison and she now has a new fan as this book is a fantastic read. It's full of action and moments of despair and sorrow that of course had me shedding tears. You'll also find your mouth dropping wide open as unexpected revelations are revealed.

This fantasy read about Itlantis is off t
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Of sea and stone is a well-written book. Easy and smooth to read. The author gave birth to a different and rather authentic world for the story. Unlike the usual-nowadays-YA books, you’ll certainly be transported to it by the description and partly wishing to be there to witness such a beauty.
Though the plot does not vary entirely from other storylines, it has its originality, I felt a bit of a quick pace in some part that should’ve been focused on. Yet, as the story unfolds it becomes more and
Katherine Coble
A solid start to a promising series. The world-building is spectacular and the setting is both inventive and beautifully imagined. The plot hangs together well.

I docked a star because the characters felt a little underdone. I really AM tired of first person. It is much more difficult to get well-rounded characters. But that aside this is far and away the best YA fantasy I've read in a long while. It was much more enjoyable than the highly-touted Traditionally Published _An Ember In The Ashes_,
Samantha (NeverCat Books)
When I first saw Of Sea and Stone I thought it would be a novel about mermaids but it's not what I expected at all. Aemi is a thrall in the Village of the Rocks and has no memory of any other life. She doesn't have many friends and no family as her Mother has passed away. One night mysterious men come up from the ocean in a great ship and burn her village to the ground. They kidnap Aemi and as many males as they could capture from her village including the mayor's smug second son, Nol. Aemi and ...more
There isn't much of a plot in this one. Things are kickstarted about 50 pages in with the kidnapping and then they lull for 150.

We meet a good number of characters, but they come across one note and bland. Nol is Aemi's hated love interest who barely speaks or does anything. He definitely doesn't earn the 180 view of him. Mr. Darcy earns our trust and affections. Nol is just there. Aemi's fellow servant friends talk about food and tease each other. They remind me of school friends and how you st
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-the-blog
When I first read the synopsis and title, I thought the book would be about mermaids and sirens. I'm disappointed it's not.

Just kidding.

Of Sea and Stone is a delightfully pretty read – literally – and the pretty cover doesn't lie (though the synopsis partially lies). The underwater world of Itlantis is certainly a place I would love to see in person had it actually existed – it sounds so exotic and pretty from the way Ellison describes it.
The city of Celestrus was a collection of massive needle
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters are by far the best part of this book. They're complex, relatable, and they generally mean well. There are no stereotypes here, no evil masters or wicked stepsisters. Instead, there is a rich world populated by flawed humans and it's a breath of fresh air. Aemi is everything you could want in a heroine: determined, intelligent, and fiery.

My struggle is with the budding romance between Aemi and Nol. There's just no build up to it and I honestly struggle with Nol's shift from tormen
Emily Beaver
This book is a tidal wave! I didn't know what to expect when I first began reading this book. I was drawn in immediately. I mean, who doesn't want to read a story about an underwater village! I was not expecting this book to contain elements of mystery, which is what I think initially grabbed my attention from the start. Ellision's humor was spot on. Numerous times, I found myself wiping tears from my eyes due to laughter and painful emotions. There are so many unexpected turns that your mind is ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The world building on this was seriously lacking... hopefully the following books will illuminate it. I also had trouble picturing the cities under water. There was plenty of descriptions but it still did not paint the picture i needed in my mind if what it actually was...

What was this cataclysmic event that they talk about that brought these people to live under the sea? Who are the Dron? There is no real explanation to any of this.

Also the characters were not flushed out very well. The concep
Amanda Ebner
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read. It has a lot of worldbuilding, and lots of threads are left hanging at the end, but as the first in a series of (I think) five books, this works as a start to a larger story. It was a breezy read. The only qualm I have with it is that I get the sense Nol is being set up to be the love interest, but I hate him. I can't forgive him the way he treated Aemi at the beginning of the story, when he was the privileged son of the mayor, and she was a slave. Other than him, I ...more
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