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.
Looking for Dei is written with multiple perspectives to provide a rich story-telling experience. Much of the positive feedback has been associated with great world-building, a gripping pace, and a unique, believable magic system.
The story is heavy with action, vibrant villains, and great plot twists. Some themes that should appeal to both youthful and more mature readers are how fear prevents positive action, how those who experience pain often spread it around, and how every human being has a vast, inherent value.
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Tanya Eby's narration did the job to complement this fantasy A new and intriguing fantasy world that has depth and perception. The world that pulls you in and make you believe that fantasy worlds are the only worlds that exist. This YA fantasy was filled with suspense, magic, secrets, fascination, and multiple viewpoints. There were the core characters but there was also more. The good thing and the bad thing that I found was the many angles/viewpoints to follow. Its good to see the varying degrees but at the same time it was a bit confusing on the senses. If a longer this may have been a benefit for the growth in to more. There was a completed and intricate cast of characters starting with Nara, Mykele, Kayna, and the others such as Bylo Willson, Gwyn, Dimmit and more. The characters were amazing, the settings detailed, the course and direction was filled with more and then some. I'm hoping this was just the beginning to the world found within this audio. Tanya Eby did a good job with lending voice and dynamic to the characters and their POVs. I found the audio to be clear, smooth, and moving at an acceptable pace to not need a significant increase in speed.
The heroine of our story is a teenage girl called Nara, and she lives in a backwater and poor village called Dimmitt. Nara and her friend Mykel are awaiting the announcement ceremony where hopefully someone in their village would be gifted and bring hope to the village. This is start of an adventure which takes them from one end of the land the other. Until Nara is captured for her gifts to be used by an evil and ambitious man. This is the first in a series, and sets the scene perfectly. There is the world building, believe system and ancient prophecies and the great characters. All in all an enjoyable and captivating read. Where is book two, I’ll be waiting as I love to escape into interesting and magical stories.
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 author was attempting to get everything about that particular character or place in at once and then back to the story. I appreciate thorough world building, but I came away feeling like a little less info all at once would've let the story flow more organically. We do get multiple POVs throughout the story - something I enjoy - so we know what's going with several characters as opposed to just one or two. The switches from one character to another did tend to be a little abrupt, making it a tad confusing until I got used to it. In the end, I finished this one with mixed feelings. Nara's story of magic and adventure did hold my interest, but some things about the style made the book feel a bit scattered for me. It is worth the read and I would recommend to teens who enjoy fantasy.