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The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  77 reviews
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 an
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 19th 2014 by Evolved Publishing (first published April 12th 2014)
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May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack is a stunningly constructed story of a young girl who is deeply troubled but goes out of her way to help others. Tender yet tense, it is a story that explores the issue of faith and reason, and the wisdom and discernment to choose between right and wrong. David Litwack’s exquisitely crafted story is thoughtful, passionate and simply delightful.

Kailani is a young girl who is only nine years old. She is fleeing the Blessed Lands across the forbi
Mary Anne
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky is a story about an alternate world similar to our own...with one big exception. Those who are spiritual in nature and those who follow the path of reason are kept strictly apart, in different countries separated by an ocean. The people of this world have negotiated this solution after decades of religious wars.
This split in the world is the setting for the arrival of a little girl from the Blessed Lands, whose boat crashes on the shores of The Republic, the l
Lisa Perkins
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is a fantastic novel about a very imaginative and loving little girl on a mission to make things right. She's full of riddles, secrets, compassion, and an endearing wisdom beyond her years. Both directly and indirectly, she helps everyone she meets deal with the troubles of their souls. What those people don't know, though, is that her own soul is just as troubled as theirs. The characters in this story are so deep and intricate. They warmed my heart, wet my eyes, and - in the case of Benja ...more
Mary Maddox
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I began David Litwack's novel The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky expecting the title character to be a fabulous creature supercharged with magical power. Instead I met Kailani, a nine-year-old girl who has run away from home. Kailani does have the ability to transform the lives of those she meets, but her power isn't supernatural. It comes from the altogether human qualities of beauty, innocence, and love.

The world of the novel consists of two hostile nations, the Blessed Lands where people bel
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**A free copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

This book is so timely. Faith is on one side and reason on the other. It is all of one or all of the other, faith or fact, black or white. There is no grey. This book is well written and explores faith and reason, right and wrong. It is the story of a little girl who has come from across the ocean to the Republic which is based on reason. She is on a mission to help others, to make things right. It challenges views and s
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
The daughter of the sea and the sky... Who is she? She never answered directly that she came from the Blessed Lands... Everyone around her assumes and the assumptions continues.... More detail reviews here www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
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I requested The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky because I wanted to read something different and it sounded good story and something I wouldn't usually pick up immedialy. I had some expectations like mature characters as they're older than what I usually read and I think, a different kind of perspektive. Also, it has really good ratings on Goodreads, the average is 4.26 and I don't think I've seen so high before. So yes, I had expectations. Sadly, the book didn't meet them.

Firstly, I got the ima
Kathryn Svendsen
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nine-year-old Kailani is rescued from a small boat that shipwrecks near some cliffs where two young people, Jason and Helena are enjoying the beach. Kailani is from the Blessed Lands where society is based solely on their religious beliefs and she has landed on the shores of The Republic whose society is based only on science and reasoning (no religion).

Jason and Helena have just rekindled an old childhood friendship after a several-year parting of ways when she went away to school. Helena had r
Marie -The Reading Otter
I received this book from NetGalley for review

When I first thought about reading this book, I checked the reviews here on goodreads, and with so many 5 star reviews it was easy to decide to read it.

This book was a did-not-finish for me, I made it about 30% into the book before I just couldn't read it anymore. That rarely happens, but when it does, it means something. This story started out really interesting, and I thought it was pretty well written, but then everything quickly went down hill. T
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I want to say thank you to Evolved Publishing and Netgalley for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review. So this book was slow and confusing for me. I didn't really get the story line of the book. For me it was all over the place. It had a really good concept just very confusing. It dragged a lot of different parts for me as well. If it had a quicker pace then it would be a good book other than that it was a good book. I probably wouldn't recommend this book to anyone because ...more
InD'tale Magazine
Set in a world not so different from our own, readers will find both the technology and the scripture familiar, yet different.

Read full review in the 2015 July/August issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a unique fantasy story, check this one out! Very unique premise, with just enough mystery to have me guessing until the end! ...more
Barbara Goulding
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved this book and story.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Book club book. Gutted out about half of it and gave up. I'm trying to figure out how it has over 4 stars on Amazon!!! ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a powerful story about how a young girl can change the world. This book was not a fantasy in traditional sense. I'm not sure if it is supposed to be. I am sure that it's a great read. It's a simple story of how much each of us can affect the lives of others. Or how much one person can change the world.
David Litwack is a master story teller. He has a way of using language and shaping images that is truly inspired. Along with well developed characters and a wonderful world of differences. T
Shanna Tidwell
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
David is actually one of my favorite authors. That being said this book wasn’t as good as the rest of his stories. Still great but I expect to just be swept away by him at all times. He is awesome at world building and character development.
These characters were likable and good. Not certain they will stick with me in the same way some of his characters from his other works have.
Sarah Zimmerman was an excellent choice for narration.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and
Elaine White
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book – The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky
Author – David Litwick
Star rating - ★★★★★
Plot – captivating, beautiful, nicely plotted
Characters – lovable, diverse, relatable
Movie Potential - ★★★★★
Ease of reading – very easy to read
Cover - ✔
Suitable Title - ✔
Would I read it again - ✔


First off, let me start by saying this book is something special. I don't say that often, but there is something un-pinpoint-able and undefined th
Robin Winslow
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought the book did a good job showing that we need balance in our lives and in our society. Normally I would have finished a book this short in two days. I can't decide why I only read a few pages each day. I think it was frustration with the characters. Once I finished the book I realized that each character played his/her part to perfection. Worth reading. ...more
Lyden Orbase
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't feel any connection with the main characters. ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read. Different from my usual reads. It took me several chapters to really get into the story but once I had I found it gripping and easy to read.
Amie's Book Reviews

Author: David Litwack

Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged

Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman

Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes

Genre: Fantasy

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
This novel caught my attention right away because of the gorgeous cover and beautifully poetic title. I was therefore expecting a delightfully enchanting fantasy. It turned out to be more of a post-apocalyptic tale, with touches of fantasy. It's also much more; it incorporates an analysis of several important themes, such as the paradoxical relationship between faith and reason, the insidious effects of misplaced guilt, the steadfastness of true love, and how the innocence of a special child can ...more
Jessica Holland
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the full review at Tales Between the PagesThe story itself is understated. It has a quiet narrative that is introspective even during the climax at the end. I enjoyed that. The premise is that two nations are at a tentative truce. The Blessed Lands value faith. The Republic values reason. There is no middle ground. I expected a grossly exaggerated story focusing on how "right" one or the other is. What I found was that Litwack uses his quiet narrative to show the gray area that exists betwe ...more
Carrie Slager
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.]

What I find interesting is that in David Litwack’s world of religious extremes (blind faith on one hand and clinging to reason on the other hand), one little girl finds a way to bring both together toward a common goal. Both sides clearly are committing atrocities and are scarily dystopian toward their citizens, so by the end of the book there’s still quite a long way to go but things are getting
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This eBook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack is set in a world similar to our own, however there have been many wars as a result of religion and the people have separated themselves into believers and non-believers. Helena Brewster and Jason Adams live on the republic where the people rely heavy on reason and reject the supposedly irrational ramblings of the zealots who live on the “Blessed Lands”. One
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Faith or reason – What if you had to live a life of one or the other?
What I liked the most about "The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky" was the strong main characters and their fascinating interaction. The backdrop to the story is a world separated into two, with one driven by reason and the other by faith. Jason and Helena perform a daring, last moment rescue of a young girl who sailed alone from a foreign land.

After their rescue of this refugee, Kailani (who mysteriously calls herself the Daug
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
From an early age, Helena has been taught to never question the world around her. Things are black and white, and she must live with the consequences of her every action. She's made do with what she has, and is now dealing with the death of her father. Part of her wishes that she could bring him back. That she could continue living the life she had before. Unfortunately, she knows that's not possible.

Helena's life takes an unexpected turn when she comes across a nine-year-old child foundering in
Sally Balboa
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This makes you give a soft, ahh, when you realize some of the mystery's that the novel tells about. It made me feel really sad, mostly though it was just little smiles throughout the book though.

The Daughter of Sea and Sky begins on a beach, where Helena is waiting for Jason to run by her again, hoping to rekindle an old flame. When he does come, fate has other plans though like a little girl on a small boat washing up on th
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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 S
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
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 th
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