Last summer, I had a guest post by David Litwack, author of Along the Watchtower and There Comes a Prophet. He’s since signed with my publisher, Evolved Publishing, and his latest novel, The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky, is releasing today. I received a review copy through Novel Publicity Events.
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.
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.
This book fit in well with his previous two; There Comes a Prophet is a post-apocalyptic world ruled by an authoritative government set on controlling all aspects of its citizens’ lives, and Along the Watchtower is a blend of our world and a Dungeons and Dragons-esque fantasy world. The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky is set in a world similar to ours, except for a sharp divide between reason and religion.
All these books center on the main characters leaving the familiar to fight against the status quo because that’s what they believe is morally best. For this latest book, Litwack skillfully portrays each side – atheists and believers – as both good and bad. After finishing the book, the reader is left seeing that neither side is entirely right or wrong. Personally, I come down pretty hard on one side of that debate, and so I’ve been thinking about this book for the past few days – is it okay to maintain neutrality in a situation like this? Whether you agree with Litwack’s characters’ views on this matter or not, the important thing is, this book will get you thinking.
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