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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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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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  • Mandy
  • Hillsboro, Oregon
  • 04-23-18

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.

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Believable storyline and impressive world-setting

Looking For Dei by David A. Wilson is an interesting new high fantasy read with a believable storyline and an impressive world-setting. I was pulled into the story right from the start and was kept engaged till I hit the middle part of the story, and that was when I kind of hit a brick wall. After about 45% I started to struggle because of the pacing, which was pretty good until that point but then suddenly slacked and the story started to feel like a drag. Fortunately, after a while, the pacing picked up again (albeit a bit slowly) and I was happy to reach the end of the story without any further pacing issues. The story picked up in the ending again and overall I was glad that I picked this read.

I was fortunate enough to get this book in both the formats - e-book from NetGalley and audiobook from Audiobookworm. I started this with the e-book but when I got the audio, obviously I listened to the entire story because that just saved me a hell of a lot of time! Also, the narration was pretty good and I loved the different variation the narrator used especially of the old crone, Ann.

I'd recommend this book to all the fantasy lovers, and even to those who rarely read fantasy and are looking for a new fantasy series to explore.

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  • TU
  • 05-08-18

A solid urban fantasy

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a solid urban fantasy story geared towards a slightly younger audience. I would still say it is good for all ages, though. It is fairly well written and narrated.

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Great YA Novel

I really enjoyed this book, the world that it's set in is well constructed and the descriptions are well done. The characters are a highlight of the book, they're beautifully done and so varied.

There weren't really any plot twists from the perspective of the reader although there was a lot that the main characters weren't expecting. The plot is fairly simple but not overly so.

Overall it made a very enjoyable book and I definitely want to read more of this series.

The narration is well done, I liked the character voices and the delivery was a good match for the story.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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