Looking for Dei by David A. Willson

Looking for Dei

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 ...

Details Looking for Dei

TitleLooking for Dei
Release DateMar 22nd, 2018
PublisherSeeker Press
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Magic

Reviews Looking for Dei

  • Sherry Fundin
    Looking for Dei by David A Wilson starts out with a childhood memory and I’m hoping that means good things are to come. But…the old man…Mykel and Nara are best friends. Would he like more? Maybe, but he is patient young man. With his scar, he feels inferior, but she doesn’t pay any attention to it. After all, her is bigger, though hidden.Bylo, her sort of father, loved her, raised her and helped keep her secret. He brought her to Dimmit t...
  • Christopher Schmitz
    David A. Willson’s Looking For Dei is a wonderful new YA novel. It is listed under YA Fantasy and Urban Fantasy… I’m not sure that it quite fits either of those molds. It also isn’t quite an apocalyptic dystopia, but there are minor elements of all those genres, making modern teen readers feel right at home with the themes.The story follows a few different POVs but mainly focuses on Nara and Mykel; Nara has a mysterious heritage and Mykel...
  • Rebekah
    Looking for Dei was such a delicious YA high fantasy read!! The world and magic system were so incredibly unique, and the writing was beautiful! If you love high fantasy and any kind of magic, I know that you would really enjoy this book! It's one of those books that I feel is much too underrated for the quality of the fantastical world.The writing did not catch me from the very beginning, like a story should. But the writing was still great, and...
  • Jorryn
    Looking for Dei is the story of a prophecy involving twins, and one of the twins is the main character. Nara is a teenage girl with secret abilities she is trying to hide from an annual tradition that exposes people with powers. Although Nara isn't discovered one of her friends is deemed to be cursed, causing her, a father figure, and her friend to all run away.One of my biggest issues with this book was the cliches. We had Nara, who was not like...
  • Pages For Thoughts
    The author wrote great imagery and the world felt real, as if I was in it. The plot development was very smooth. I really enjoyed the pace of this book, which held my interest. I was extremely hooked on Nara and Kayna's story. The contrast between Nara and Kayna is striking, considering that they are twins. Nara takes life for granted while Kanya finds joy in taking lives. The concept of the "broken" ones having special gifts is an interesting tw...
  • Amelia
    I got an e-copy ARC of this book from NetGally in return for an honest review. This book was a quick read. Took me a day because I was also studying for exams. The plot was interesting however the writing was a bit scattered. There was a a lot of information dumps which made it a bit dull to read as the author tended to drag out character descriptions. But it was interesting enough to keep reading.
  • ShinyObject
    I received a copy of Looking for Dei by David A. Willson from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I quite enjoyed this novel! The characters were nicely shaped; the plot was intriguing and fresh, yet easy to follow (wasn’t unnecessarily convoluted); and it quickly drew me in.
  • J. Ford
    I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the story itself. I liked the message it tried to get across. I liked the religious aspects and the use of ruins and magic and the connections with the divine. My biggest issue is with the writing.It's not bad, but it was very hard to follow at times and I couldn't get into the characters because of it.The story opens with a beautiful scene of a 2-year old child playing in the field of an orphanage....
  • Rebecca Armstrong
    Looking for Dei has a lot of great world building. Not only do we get some beautiful descriptions of the places we visit, there's an emphasis on history, religion and a strong magic system thats easy to understand. We also don't have the typical blind faith in religion that fantasy books often portray, there's doubt from some characters. Plus, some characters out right deny their faith in the god they are 'supposed' to worship. The same goes for ...
  • Anthony
    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.A young woman learns her destiny is far greater than she could have imagined in author David A. Wilson's Looking for Dei. A brand new YA Fantasy novel that is filled with magic, war torn countries and love, this brand new release is an amazing first novel in what I hope will become a full fledged series. Here is the synopsis:Fifteen-year-old Nara...
  • Billy Buttons
    A WISHING SHELF BOOK REVIEW6th January 2018TITLE: Looking for DeiAUTHOR: David A. WillsonStar Rating: 4.5REVIEWLooking of Dei by David A. Wilson is a wonderfully exciting fantasy novel for young adults and, perhaps, slightly older. Well-written with a good balance of descriptive prose and speech, it follows a young girl called Nara Dall in a story packed with magic, adventure, and, best of all, slowly unfolding secrets that will thoroughly hook a...
  • Josie Jaffrey (The Gin Book Club)
    This was a great YA novel. I was intrigued by the world that the author had created from the beginning; it was inventive and atmospheric. The magical runes did remind me somewhat of Cassandra Clare, but the way the author used them and the variety of the rest of the fantasy elements meant that the novel had originality.Nara was a good protagonist. She was believable and likeable, if a little wet at times. A varied and interesting cast supported h...
  • Karen
    This book had an imaginative concept. There is sweet, innocent love. Magic. Evil. Funny old lady. Traitor. It has all the necessary characters. It’s almost a mix of a fairy tale and a Lloyd Alexander novel.Nara grows up with an adoptive father and her best friend in a poor small village. She knows she holds some type of special magic that she doesn’t understand. She is a tender hearted girl who only wants to help. In a decision to try to help...
  • Terri A. Wilson
    It is hard to take a classic fantasy trope and create a new twist. The idea of siblings, one good/ one bad, I can't say that I've read a book that involved conjoined twins, so I would say this author did just that. And he did it well. At first, I had no idea where this book was headed. The story unfolds between multiple POV's, with the majority of the story told from Nara's viewpoint. I enjoy a book like this. I also enjoy books with women in lea...
  • Sherry
    I loved this one. It moves pretty fast and has a lot of adventure type stuff going on.I got an Advanced Reader Copy to review which did have quite a few typos and grammar errors, but I expect most if not all of those will get fixed for the official release. (out on March 23 I think).I loved the characters. They have a sort of magic (or not), and those who have magic are special. If you have more than one type of of magic you are really special an...
  • Kayley
    I received "Looking for Dei" as an ARC, and was pleasantly surprised by the way the author, David A. Wilson, creates a unique new world. This setting is unlike ones from other works of literature, and it appears surprisingly vividly in the reader's imagination. For example, the magic and peril of the characters are very exquisitely presented throughout the novel. Another example of creativity in this book is the unparalleled aspects of Nara's wor...
  • Elysa Weatherbee
    I received this book as a Net Galley ARC and am providing my honest review.The prose is beautiful and helps to create deep immersion in the book. Very unique and seemed to breathe with life. The characters breathed with life as well, each being unique and different from each other. This especially helped with the POV jumps. Which are constant and jarring at first, but doesn’t take long to adjust to. Nara is a proactive main character and consis...
  • Salma
    Was unexpectedly thrilled by the quality of this book! Amazing settings, characters, feelings, and the ups and downs got me dizzy--in a good way! One thing I found particularly enthralling was the change in point of view from chapter to chapter, it definitely kept things interesting. Would definitely recommend to a friend!
  • ❤ Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
    Find this review and more on my blog Sometimes Leelynn ReadsAnd the phyili was put asunder; separated, but not destroyed. Each defied the other, bringing conflict, pain and death to many. In the end, only one remained. - Cataclysmos 18:10Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Thank you again, Netgalley for the opportunity to review ARCs. I love this chance, and I'm always ready to read the books...
  • Jaymie
    4.5 stars. Excellent kickoff for a fantasy series. Great world-building and characters. The storyline felt similar to other books in the genre, but it is also fresh. I really enjoyed this.I received an electronic review copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Tesha Ham
    Disclaimer: I received a free ARC in exchange for my review; however all thoughts and opinions are solely my own.While the plot is intriguing and makes for an interesting read, the writing itself makes it a struggle. It is too abrupt in the shifts from one paragraph to the next making it hard to transition between each section. The writing often includes unnecessary details that drags sentences out and makes it dull and so much is revealed about ...
  • Natasha Banton
    I thought this was a very gripping novel to read. This fantasy novel was written out well and the characters were well described and I think that this was well worth the read.Nara had a gift but wasn't sure what she was capable of with her gift. She didn't know if it was for the use of good or bad.The book had me reading it until i finished it. The book was that much good of a read that I would very much read it again.I would recommend this for F...
  • Janet Slipak
    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 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 un...
  • Erin Koiso
    Looking for Dei is the debut novel by David A. Willson. The story takes place in the Great Land. Fifteen year old Nara Dall lives in the small town of Dimmit, on the Southeastern corner of the Great Land. She was raised by Bylo, the only man she has known as a father. Nara knows she is different from other girls; the scars on her back prove that. And she has special powers, magic. She can do things others can not. And because of that, Bylo has in...
  • Etinosa
    Actual Rating: 3.5 starsI enjoyed reading this book. The world in the book is interesting, the magic system, the religion , the politics and the world building is good . The main character Nara was so naïve at first ,which isn’t suprising because she has been sheltered in her little village all her life and everyone around her wants to protect her. But as the story progresses she grows , having a sort of subtle strength and becoming even stron...
  • Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy.The main protagonist of the book is Nara, a 15 year old girl. She lives in Dimmitt with her father Bylo. Nara and her best friend mykel are excited about the announcement ceremony which is about to be conducted the next day. The announcement ceremony is conducted every 3 years and helps in finding the gifted youth, the ones with magic, it has been many years since their village had announc...
  • Becky Baldridge
    Looking for Dei is a bit more on the fantastical side than I normally read, but the beautiful cover and interesting blurb intrigued me. The writing is very descriptive and makes it easy to picture the settings and people. That in itself is a great thing for a fantasy novel and lends itself to pulling the reader into the story. However, we also get a bit of information overload at times, which can be distracting. These times felt a bit like the au...
  • Megan | A Page to Turn
    Holy cow! This novel took me by surprise! I'm an avid reader of YA Fantasy and I really enjoyed that this debut novel was so well thought out and completely different from anything I've read before. I really enjoyed the world that he built, as well as the texts that he provided from the works of the world he built, they follow a holy text called the Cataclysmos. I think that added some extra flair that I wasn't expecting. While most of the book f...
  • Lola Et La Vie
    There are things I liked about this book and bits that were just ok for me.The novel focuses on Nara and her friend Mykel as they flee their village after everything goes rather pear shaped at a village ceremony designed to find young people who are skilled or blessed with some sort of magic. The rune-based magic system was quite different from the usual fair and I liked that. I thought the emphasis on a God and religion was interesting and the w...