The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack has launched! This fabulous title is available now on all online retailers and in your local book stores. You aren’t going to want to miss this new literary journey exploring the clash between reason and faith, and the power of hope and love.
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.
Summary: 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.
Author: David Litwack
Genre: Fantasy/Speculative Literary Fiction
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Guest Post – Why I write speculative fiction?
I’ve always been suspicious about absolute reality. Different cultures see the world so differently. As anyone who has ever spent extended time in a hospital or a war zone knows, you’re sense of what’s real can be easily fragmented. We conveniently choose to construct a world view that suits us—at least until something challenges it. That’s the role of the writer. What better way to challenge our view of reality—and therefore enable the potential for change—than to invent new worlds and show how characters cope with them.
There’s a poem I heard long ago by Wallace Stevens:
Children picking up our bones
Will never know that these were once
As quick as foxes on the hill . . .
And least will guess that with our bones
We left much more, left what still is
The look of things, left what we felt . . .
And what we said of it became
A part of what it is . . .
Our sense of reality in many ways defines the way we live, but it’s constantly evolving. The job of the artist is to be the catalyst for changes in the way we see the world. By telling what we saw and how we felt, we can change the perception of reality and therefore how people see themselves and, ultimately, how they behave. What better way to do that than to write speculative fiction about alternate worlds.
David Litwack, author of There Comes a Prophet, Along the Watchtower, and The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky
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