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 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.
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As so often happens with me, I liked the antagonists, Vorick and Kayna, far more than Nara, Mykel, Bylo, and Anne. Nara’s development is satisfying, as is Mykel’s transformation, but they’re a little too naïve, their moral compasses a little too steady for my tastes. I found Vorick’s thirst for power and Kayna’s sociopathy far more compelling.
I did find the book a little slow, but having characters refine their newfound skills in peace and safety is not one of my favourite storylines. Looking for Dei is a fun YA fantasy with a captivating magic system and mythology. This book didn’t quite suit my tastes although I’m sure it will appeal to many others.