Fifteen-year-old Nara Dall has never been good at keeping secrets. Yet it seems that her life has been filled with them, from the ugly scar on her back to the strange powers she possesses. Her mysterious adoptive father refuses to say anything about her origins, and soon, she and her best friend must attend the announcement ceremony, in which youths are tested for a magical gift.
A gifted youth has not been announced in the poor village of Dimmitt for decades. When Nara uncovers the reason, she uses her own powers to make things right. The decision sets her and her friend on a path of danger, discovery, and a search for the divine. In the process, she learns the truth about herself and uncovers the biggest secret of all: the power of broken people.
"...stunning young adult fantasy tale... suspenseful... will make readers' hearts race." (Readers' Favorite Reviews)
"...one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time." (Online Book Club Review)
"Willson writes in a simple prose that delicately summons his fantasy world to life." (Kirkus Reviews)
"...a promising and entertaining introduction to a well-thought-out and intriguing new fantasy world." (IndieReader Review)
"Willson is such a clever, clever writer. He'll pull you in, mess with you a little and, then, just when you think you have a handle on the story, he'll pull the rug from under you. Wonderful stuff!" (Wishing Shelf Review)
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By AudioBook Reviewer on 23-04-18
An exciting story that is well developed
Nara is a small child, playing in the grass blowing on dandelions when she is quickly and silently abducted from the orphanage. The nun turns a blind eye and thus begins the adventure and life of Nara. Nara has secrets she must keep, a scar that she keeps hidden and a curiosity that will end in more pain than she could ever expect. Nara has compassion, an abundance of love and eagerness to help those she has known all her life. Taking her secret magic, she tries to help the townsfolk of Dimmitt only to find herself, her “adoptive father” Bilo and her friend, Michael on the run for their lives.
Her act of kindness sets them on a path that is deadlier than they are prepared, they forge friendships and lose friends along the way – but ultimately, Nara must face the biggest threat she has ever encountered. She must defeat him or die trying to save her friends.
An exciting story that is well developed and executed perfectly. The characters were well developed with a keen insight into their personalities from vivid imagery and their actions. Willson is a master wordsmith, creating scenes that leave listeners both emotionally and physically on the edge of their chairs.
The narrator, Tanya Eby, performed the audiobook excellently with the appropriate emotion the engaging the audience to keep listening. I found her voice soothing and she skillfully moved the book forward enthralling the listeners.
I enjoyed this book immensely and am looking forward to the next in the series. I cannot help but wonder where Willson will go with book 2! Lots of action and more gut-wrenching suspense I suspect!
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By Rayleigh Gray on 18-06-18
An excellent Fantasy!
“The answer to a prophecy. Tender to those around her. Deadly to her enemies.
Looking For Dei is a different type of Fantasy novel that allows us to watch the story unfold from all directions. We switch between the point of views of Nara and Mykel primarily, but there are a few scenes from their enemies’ point of views (yes, multiple enemies) which I thought really heightened the tension. We were able to feel dread for what we knew was to come, even though where they were through most of the story didn’t require a tight grip on the book.”
The narrator did a fantastic job of capturing this story and bringing the characters to life.
At first, it took me a little bit to get used to her reading style, because it sounded a little too automated for my taste. But after a couple chapters, I began to quite like the way she read and I think she did a great job with this book I had already grown to love.
The novel itself received a full 5 out of 5 stars rating and I give the audio book version 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book from the author via AudioBookWorm for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. This is a LiteratureApproved review.
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