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Join Nara and Mykel on a journey through the Great Land....

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)

©2018 David A. Willson (P)2018 David A. Willson

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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!

There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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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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Excellent YA/Teen Fantasy Adventure

This book starts slow with good character development and multiple POV being given so you can get a good idea where different characters are coming from.

Narration was good and brought the story to life.

The story is complex and there is a lot that goes on as the story picks up and one thing after another keeps you on your toes. I wish there was a bit more romance. The story is unique and the plot unexpected. I was blown away by the way things concluded. I assume there will be another installment because the conclusion left several unresolved things pending. I’m looking forward to see where this story goes.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."



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Amazing fantasy for all

Magic powers are a very different in a world where if you have abilities you can either harm or hurt the town you are born in. Those with positive magic could even gain high positions and wealth for their town. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t use them for their own selfish ideas. Nara has a power and a secret held from her. During announcement her world is turned upside down and she goes on a journey where she learns more than she bargains for.

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Magical Coming Of Age Story

Looking For Dei started out slow but picks up quickly. It is a great fantasy following Nara's journey of finding herself and her magic. There is plenty of action and the characters are well developed. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing the story and characters to life. I look forward to more from this Author and in this series.

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Great start to the series

Fun and imaginative.

The characters are very well defined and developed.

The narrator was awesome! Well spoken and her character voices are very distinct and recognizable.


Overall a great book and I will be looking for the next in line.

Thanks.

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Decent story. Pretty good character development

A pretty decent story with workable characters. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I've been reading Jeff Wheeler of late so it's tough to judge without a bias. The book is quite fun and readable...or Audible, very much like an online RPG. This story has a conclusion without shutting the door to a sequel. When I read a new fantasy author, one of my pet peeves is not being able to find a stand alone story to see if I like that author's style before diving into an epic series.

Tanya Eby as a reader is pretty good. Occasionally her narration becomes a bit clipped, but overall she has a pleasing voice and her reading is rather enjoyable.

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Tanya Eby did the job to complement this fantasy

A new and intriguing fantasy world that has depth and perception. The world that pulls you in and make you believe that fantasy worlds are the only worlds that exist. This YA fantasy was filled with suspense, magic, secrets, fascination, and multiple viewpoints. There were the core characters but there was also more. The good thing and the bad thing that I found was the many angles/viewpoints to follow. Its good to see the varying degrees but at the same time it was a bit confusing on the senses. If a longer this may have been a benefit for the growth in to more.

There was a completed and intricate cast of characters starting with Nara, Mykele, Kayna, and the others such as Bylo Willson, Gwyn, Dimmit and more. The characters were amazing, the settings detailed, the course and direction was filled with more and then some. I'm hoping this was just the beginning to the world found within this audio.

Tanya Eby did a good job with lending voice and dynamic to the characters and their POVs. I found the audio to be clear, smooth, and moving at an acceptable pace to not need a significant increase in speed.

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Very Enjoyable Fantasy!

Wilson did an excellent job bringing his story to life! I felt connected to the characters early on and the world that was described here. It seemed like there would be more going on in the later half of the story and I was correct! It was a little slow to start off with, but once it gets into the action part of the novel, I got caught up in the story very easily. I didn’t want to press pause on this audio at all! For me this was a very engaging story that had more than just young characters falling in love in a fantasy world! I give it a 5/5 stars.

With the narration by Eby, the story was elevated more! I enjoyed her accents and different voices for each character. She made me feel both relaxed while listening and excited to get to the bottom of everything. She has a very nice voice and I would say is probably one of my favorite audio narrators I’ve listened to! Studio production seems to be great as well, no issues with background noise or weird pauses. I give it a 5/5 stars!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by David A. Willson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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A fantastic addition to the Fantasy Genre

David A Willson is such a talent! Looking For Dei is a wonderfully written fantasy story that focuses on the lives of Nara, her wonderful adopted father and her best friend Mykel. Nara has magic. Most people that possess magical powers have one, extremely powerful people can have up to two but Nara has many and throughout the story she learns more about herself and her powers.

There is a lot of world building within this book but it's done amazingly well, it is interwoven within the story-line. This is a fabulous story in it's own right but it is also an incredibly strong base for future stories to build upon. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. The story pace changes throughout the book but it's a natural ebb and flow and is necessary for the tale. Looking For Dei has left me impatient for more.

I must confess that I didn't look at who the narrator was before I started listening to Looking For Dei. I actually did a little happy dance when the audiobook started and it was Tanya Eby narrating. (I have reviewed and loved other books that she has narrated) She is without a doubt a very highly talented voice actor and her talents are perfectly showcased in Looking For Dei. The various characters were all clear and distinctive and she maintains a wonderful pace throughout. She conveys emotion, and intensity in her reading and is the perfect match for this outstanding work by David A Willson.


I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by David A. Willson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.