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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
There is evil adrift in the Scandinavian forest known as Mystwood. Dagny, left alone to tend the family’s herd of reindeer, is confronted by a dangerous troll who threatens not only her but also her reindeer. Mesmerized by the evil troll’s glaring eye, she struggles to regain her sight and her ability to defend herself and what’s hers. In Matt Luedke’s Dagny, a legend unfolds, complete with an elven prodigy who must learn her powers and how to control them to find and retrieve what is rightfully hers, before all is lost and destroyed when the shadow creature interferes. Her name means new day, something more powerful than the past or the present as all that is new redefines and ensures the future. But Dagny is strong, a wild force to be reckoned with.
Matt Luedke’s novella, Dagny, reads like a treasured Scandinavian legend. The plot follows Dagny’s quest into the magical forest to save her reindeer. It’s a journey of self-discovery as Dagny learns more about her powers, her wild spirit, and who she really is. It’s a coming-of-age story, as the main character must grow with her powers as each encountered obstacle presents new challenges. The author is a master storyteller and has readers enthralled from the very beginning. The narrative is captivating and dialogue is used effectively to move the story along. Although I found the use of swear words a little distracting, taking away from the legendary appeal of the story, overall, this was an enjoyable read.