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Book review of Dusgadh: Essence of Life



Dusgadh: Essence of Life by Margaret Daly is a powerful assemble of teenage angst and the paranormal, concerning the life and times of a young girl called Ember who always felt like the odd one out.


Daly, who has experienced tragedy in her own life, sets the scene for Ember, a girl in middle school who experiences the disturbance of having her family taken from her.


She is left with her sister and just seems to amble along in life until she attends a party as a teenager. It is a party that will change her life forever. After a séanceis held in a park, catapulting Ember into a world of paranormal shocks, she realises that she has a natural gift that brings connections to a previous life.


The book is action packed and will keep the reader engrossed to the end, definitely wanting more from the next series of books. As you read through this book you realise that it will be the first of many to come.Many characters are mentioned in it briefly that will be fleshed out in sequel books in relation to Ember’s life.


The book is suitable for older children and teenagers, and dare I say I can see something of the Harry Potter series about this book and its focus on one individual who although from a dysfunctional background has a natural gift for magic and the paranormal.


So I would without a doubt recommend this book if you’re a fan of the mysterious and spooky mixed with adventure.


Review by Nick Bishop

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Margaret A Daly wrote:
Thank you so much for reviewing my debut, Dusgadh: Essence of Life! I am left speechless with your comparisons and greatly honored!

26/10/2016 @ 3:22 PM

2. Judith Lucci wrote:
Excellent! I must read this book!

26/10/2016 @ 3:41 PM

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