Review: Waters of Salt and Sin by Alisha Klapheke

About the book:

When seventeen-year-old salt witch Kinneret learns of a lost island of silver, she sets out to find it, raise her status, and finally have a chance to wed Calev, the high-caste friend she secretly loves.

But when a madman enslaves her sister, Kinneret must make a deal with the local ruler: Find the island to secure the ruler’s place in history. In return, the woman’s fighting sailors will rescue Kinneret’s sister.

Using Salt Magic to navigate cursed waters, Kinneret and Calev struggle to hide their taboo, caste-breaking feelings, knowing if the ruler witnesses the attraction, she will cancel the agreement. But when Calev makes a terrible mistake, Kinneret must choose between the life of her only remaining family member and saving the boy she loves from a traitor’s death.

Review by Katy Haye:

The world Alisha Klapheke created in Waters of Salt and Sin reminded me of Intisar Khanani’s Sunbolt: gorgeous, lush, complex, and with a delicious sprinkling of magic thrown in. This is somewhere I’d happily go on holiday to.

As well as the world building,the characterisation was superb. In particular, I loved the relationship development between Calev and Kinneret. I so wanted matters to work out for them.

The plotting wasn’t quite flawless. Characters seemed to be a bit aimless at times, or at least not as urgent as I wanted them to be, so I was shouting at them to get on and do what I thought they should be doing about matters. But even with that, Waters of Salt and Sin is so lush and gorgeous I have no hesitation in telling you to grab a copy right now.

PS, she’s spot on about chickens.

Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. Try steampunk short, The Replacement Princess, set in an alternate, war-torn 1840s England, for free.

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