Looking for Dei
David A. Willson
Publication date: March 23rd 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Fifteen-year-old Nara Dall has never liked 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 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 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.
Looking for Dei was a refreshing surprise! When I began reading, I honestly thought, “Oh, here we go again with another Hunger Games or Divergent wanna-be.” I didn’t know if I was going to be able to read it. I was completely wrong!
This book is brilliantly written. While I am not a huge fan of most fantasy, Looking for Dei takes you on a beautiful journey of self-exploration, growing up, and did I mention the magic? The magic is fascinating!
Nara and Mykel live in the small town of Dimmitt. Each year, there is an announcement ceremony – to discover which children are gifted (with magic) and this year, it is their chance. During the ceremony, chaos ensues and Mykel, Nara and Bylo (Nara’s adoptive father) find themselves on the run, but even they don’t know who or what they are really running from.
The characters in this story are amazing. They are intricately developed – each really take on a life of their own, good or bad. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting to find out what would happen next.
The characters are extremely well developed. The landscapes (as I picture them based on the writing) are vivid and beautiful. The magic is really unlike any I’ve read about before. I love the unique perspective the author writes from.
The book was a little slow to get into; however, I was rewarded for continuing to read. As I shared earlier, I thought it was going to be another attempt at reliving Divergent, and there are some similarities, but that is all. This book stands on its own!
All in all, an excellent read!
David A. Willson has worked as a restauranteur, peace officer, and now, author. Taught by his mother to read at a young age, he spent his childhood exploring magic, spaceships, and other dimensions. In his writing, he strives to bring those worlds to his readers.
Much of his material is inspired by the “Great Land” of Alaska, which he has called home for over 30 years. He lives there with his wife, five children, and 2 dogs. He is passionate about technology, faith, and fiction—not necessarily in that order.
Looking for Dei is Willson’s debut novel, set in a land where many more adventures will take place. Stay up to date with his ongoing efforts through the Looking for Dei Facebook page or visiting the website at davidawillson.com.