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Of Sea and Stone (Secrets of Itlantis Book 1) by [Ellison, Kate Avery]
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Romance. Adventure. Cities under the sea. Perfect for readers who like determined, clever heroines, fantastic fantasy worlds, and shocking twists.

Aemi lives in a village carved from stones and surrounded by sea. She wins spear-throwing competitions in disguise and earns slaps from her spoiled mistress by talking back. She hates being a slave. She survives by remembering her mother's tales of home, a paradise called Perilous.

Aemi intends to find it.

But then, black ships rise from the sea in the night. Aemi is captured and taken to Itlantis, an underwater world of cities of glass, floating gardens, and strange and wonderful technology.

She is determined to escape, even if it means conspiring with fellow prisoner Nol, who fills her with equal parts anger and desire. Even if it means impersonating her mistress. Even if it means fleeing into the territory of the Dron, the bloodthirsty barbarians of the deep.

But when Aemi witnesses firsthand an attack by the Dron, she realizes not all is as it seems below the sea.

And Perilous might be closer than she thinks.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2454 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kate Avery Ellison; 1 edition (2 February 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7LZV12
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Love this series - so unusual and addictive
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written 23 February 2014
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I'm a huge fan of Kate Avery Ellison, and she has once again impressed me with this book. It focuses more on action than romance, which was a refreshing change from other books. The imagination put into this book is original and stunning, and you will love Aemi as the main character. The romance in this I liked, as it didn't happen too quickly and was carefully developed.

To those worried about sexual content, I am pleased to tell you that there is nothing inappropriate included and is a great read for people of all ages. This book is creatively plotted, will quench your thirst for adventure, and will have you hooked from Chapter 1. Can't wait for Book 2!
3.0 out of 5 stars I like how this is going 26 May 2015
By MichellemyBelle - Published on
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3.5 stars. Of Sea and Stone has the feel of a classic timeless story. Kate Avery Ellison creates otherworldly settings and heroines that are smart, capable, mysterious and strong with stories that I hope to pass along to my three year old daughter one day in the future. As always this book is exceptionally well written. The action simultaneously thickens as the plot expands with many unpredictable surprises. Aemi's story seems to be just beginning in this first installment. I struggled slightly with the amount of description used to describe both worlds, above sea and particularly below. I really tried to grasp this underwater world visually but struggled and found myself skimming over the excessive descriptive prose. As it stands though this series has the beginnings of a uniquely captivating adventure.
5.0 out of 5 stars doesn't take the easy path 18 June 2015
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There's a common fantasy trope of having the lead character taken as a slave, ill-treated and burning to escape. In this book, only the first part is true: Aemi is taken. The rest of the story is far more complex than her searching for simple vengeance or a hard painful struggle for freedom, and that's what makes the book so good.

Ellison refrains from offering any simple answers, but also writes characters who are decent people and try to make choices that serve the common good. That's rather unusual in fantasy these days as a lot of people are writing anti-heroes, or ethically and morally damaged main characters instead. Ellison's leads are much closer to Marion Zimmer Bradley's or Mercedes Lackey's than they are to Joe Abercrombie's, which makes for a clean straightforward read (which is sometimes what you want as a reader).

Another thing Ellison does really well is the description of the underwater cities with their architecture, art and gardens. I wanted to be there.

On the con side, the book is not complete. The plot doesn't wrap by the end and there's no resolution for either main character or any of the plot strands. There's a second volume already out that continues the story.

I find this trend of not finishing stories especially annoying. Writers seem to have forgotten how to write completed stories and maybe they think they can sell more if the reader has to buy multiple books to find out how the story ends. It's obnoxious and a failure of the writer's craft. The difference between books and series is that books are meant to be whole and complete in themselves. Yes, there may be multiple books about the same characters in one particular universe, but the reader ought to be able to close a book's covers with a sense of satisfaction because the story has ended in a way that feels right and true (and if the writer's really good, the reader is left in hope that there will be more stories to come, and quickly). This particular book deserves better.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting. 16 December 2014
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This was not what I expected, in a very, very, good way! For some reason I expected mermaids!!

Aemi is a slave in the Village of Rocks. She dreams of being free. Her mother used to tell her stories of where she came from and Aemi vowed to one day see it. She has heard the stories of the people who live underwater but always thought they were just that, stories. So when her village is attacked and Aemi is captured, along with all the men, she is terrified. Everyone is split up and Aemi ends up sent to the same place as Nol, her nemesis. She is again a slave but this time she has the means and motive to plot her escape. But escape isn't as easy as she thought!

I fell in love with the authors first series and had to try this one. Well I'm so glad I did because she has managed to create another amazing world. Everything about Itlantis was fascinating. The different realms and history were captivating. The author can really pull you in to her writing and make you apart of the world she has created.

Character wise, I really liked all of them but Aemi and Nol were my favourite. Aemi is strong, determined and not afraid to take a chance and Nol started out as a typical spoiled rich kid but I ended up really liking him. He grew a lot during the story.

Plot wise, Of Sea and Stone was relatively fast paced. I loved the idea of a whole civilization residing below the water with no knowledge of what it's like to live above. The unique realms and history behind them were fascinating as was the places themselves. Being book 1 in the series though, we are left with a lot of unanswered questions so I'm hoping we find them out in future books.

Anyway, overall Of Sea and Stone was a captivating read. From it's unique and creative world to it's enchanting setting, Of Sea and Stone is a must read. It has captured my interest and I can not wait to see what happens next! Kate Avery Ellison is fast becoming one of my favourite authors because she has created some amazing worlds and she continues to impress me with each book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Sea and Stone 28 April 2014
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I have never read a story like this one before. The Village on the Rocks is above land but most in the village do not know about an entire civiliztion under the water. Aemi, a servant, is kidnapped from her above land home and forced on to a ship with Nol, a childhood enemy of the upper class. Though they have never been friendly, they are all they have left. A soldier on the vessel saves them from execution and makes them promise to not mention where they are from. Both end up on Celestrus, in the same household as servants. The master is kind and his daughter befriends Aemi, but Aemi and Nol want to return to their home.

The master is trying to secure peace but someone is trying to blame problems on the Dron, enemies of the Itlanteans for a thousand years. When Celustrus is attacked, and many are killed, it is up to Aemi and the master to uncover the truth.

Nol is an intriguing character. For much of the book you are wondering if he is Aemi's friend, foe, or something else. The life giving kiss of breath he gives her as he pushes her to the surface is both sweet and sad at the same time. It reminded me of Titanic when Jack saves Rose. The last forty pages had my stomach in knots and as soon as I finished I put the next book in the series on my to read list.