LOOKING FOR DEI, by 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.


I was provided this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

As some of you know by now, I’m not a fan of women in fancy dresses on book covers.  However, that is minor compared to how I felt about this author’s work.  This author has a strong story-telling talent that takes you on an incredible journey into a beautifully created world full of great settings and magical characters.  The Protagonist’s development is ushered along perfectly by supporting characters, the pace of the story is strong, steady and creative.  Lots of twists and turns in the plot to keep tension building and never does the story sway away from the conflict to alter the overall feel of this well-written novel.

Fantastical world-building takes you into a place of magic, mystery and quests. You’ll enjoy this book!

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.

Excellent story-teller. Engaging premise with a clearly defined page turning plot!

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