David A. Willson

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 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.

 

 

Author Bio

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.

You can also connect with David on Goodreads and Facebook.
 
 
 
  • Critic Score:85/100

    Our Review Ranking:

    A Great Read

 

Our Review

Cover:

The cover is very simple with the title and a swirl.  Since the book concerns runes, I think a few runes on the cover would have been terrific.

Book Blurb:

The blurb covers the beginning - although it does not name or mention the advantage of a village finding a magic youth.  And it does well in telling just enough and predicting the future.  The picture was excellent, taking the importance of the green dress and inserting her glowing hands.

Formatting :

Formatting was good.  Plenty of conversations were used, and paragraphs broke accordingly.  I knew who was talking when.  I knew when the story moved on.  I knew when the story line shifted from good to evil.

Grammar & Spelling:

Grammar and spelling was excellent.  I did not have to re-read anything to clarify a line.  

Character Development:

I felt the character development was above average.  The old man's background fit his later behavior,  This was true of each character except perhaps the evil twin, she comes into the story with little background, and less explanation for her lack of care.  It was great to leave Ann as a note of suspense; although we learn her basic long history, she remains a mystery.  Mykel is not so much undredeveloped as beeing developed with no real character but gentleness, which makes me feel this is a good book for young ladies, but perhaps not so for young men.  He does become a guardian, which fortends more heroic actions from him in following books.

Plot & Structure:

The plot and development was good.  The choice of using conjoined twins was new, however the evil twin versus the good twin is somewhat trite.  The story begins with quite a bit of history/character development/stage setting before getting into the story.  While each character needs to be developed, doing it all at the beginning slows the progression of the story. I feel a young adult might get bored.  The flow and transition of settings and actions was good; I felt no jumps from one to the other.  The plot of innocence into self discovery was excellent.  

Pacing:

I was just a little bit slow in places.  The beginning of the book seemed to take too long to move on to action.  Mykel's role was a little slow.  But in general, it was very smooth pacing.  Conversation was used very well to keep the story moving while explaining necessary information.

Use of Language:

Excellent use of language.  The sentences flowed with simple language in places, while using adult words and phrases in others.  I feel it would build the language foundation of a young adult. 

Originality:

What gave this story an original twist was the style of development from naive to powerful in Nara.  While I liked the idea  of prophecy concerning conjoined twins being separated, I felt the good and evil twin was a little trite.  

Overall Readability:

An easy and interesting read.

A Note From the Critic:

I believe that those who read this will buy the next book.  I hope that it moves into action a little sooner.

Comments

Thanks for being on the tour! This sounds like an intriguing book! :) 

Looking for Dei had very a very interesting flow, plot development, and story line.  I like  Dara.  The originality and interest kept my attention.  I am looking forward to the next book.

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