Title: Looking For Dei
Author: David A Willson
Genre: YA / Fantasy
First published: to be published on 23 March by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Edition: e-Arc, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher
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 world building was good, though I felt it was never fleshed out enough for my taste. I could not really understand the lay of the land, so to speak.
The characters is where I felt the story fell a bit flat, especially in the first half. Somehow they failed to come alive in my imagination until the last few chapters, when I finally connected to them.
Overall, I think this is a good fantasy novel with some original features. It definitely feels like it is building up to something more and I think it may be worth reading further books in the series.
4 out of 7 stars