My rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: April 2017
Publisher: Alisha Klapheke
Point of View: 1st Person Heroine
Genre: YA Fantasy Adventure
This was a re-read for me. I read Waters of Salt and Sin the first time two-ish years ago and loved it. But I have to say, I think I enjoyed it even more on a second read-through. For one thing, I took it slow and simply let myself savor the writing and world-building.
Kinneret was such a great heroine. I really enjoyed that her love for her little sister tended to be a much stronger motivation to her than her love for the hero, Calev. Don't get me wrong! Calev was a great, noble hero, and their bond was very endearing. But that sister-bond was what ultimately drove the story, even though Avi isn't physically present through much of this book.
Also Calev. He's got the dreamy-hero thing DOWN.
The world-building was so intriguing! The salt-magic, the wraiths, the wraith-lanterns. The caste system that holds Kinneret down proved such an interesting motivator for her actions. As I read the book, I could tell the author had given a LOT of thought to the creation of her world and this fantasy culture. It was all so atmospheric and adventurous.
Ultimately, it was just a rollicking good read. A sea epic of an older era with a likeable heroine on a meaningful quest. This author may be new, but she's definitely one to watch!