Essence of Life, Book One of The Awakening Series

Fiction - Supernatural
139 Pages
Reviewed on 11/10/2015
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Author Biography

Having written her first paranormal fantasy book at the age of forty-three, Margaret Daly has started a wonderful trilogy. Margaret took her life's encounters and crossed a bridge to a different world with them, a world filled with untamed power and endless possibilities.

Being raised in the hills of West Sparta, New York, Margaret lost her home and everything in it to fire at a young age. She dove into the dark world as a teenager and from there on spent most of her life wrapped up in unfortunate situations from bad choices. Margaret learned some things aren't what you expect; some things end up being more.

Now, with her loving husband and four children, a family full of support and love, she has managed to overcome all the oddities thrown at her. Becoming the published author she once dreamed of being as a child but lost track of during this journey we call life.

Margaret owns and runs her own online marketing and design business, she works with several best selling and award winning authors while promoting their work and still, loves to read and write her own stories!

Her newest journey in life is in to the Romantic Suspense Genre with the upcoming Multi-Author Box Set, Love Under Fire!
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You can view her design work by searching Margaret Daly in the Amazon Search bar or visit her design website at www.margaretdalydesigns.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite

Dùsgadh is such an odd word to title a story, but then when you subtitle it Essence of Life, maybe it makes more sense. Ember has never felt like she fitted in. She loved her family, but they were taken from her in middle school and she was left with only her older sister. She has trouble making friends and, even worse, she sees ghosts. She is just fumbling along in life until one night when a party and a seance in the park bring up something more than Ember or anyone else was expecting. Margaret A. Daly sets this fantasy supernatural/paranormal story around a group of late teens, throwing in past lives and reincarnation along with some evil magic, power hungry kings and rebel forces bent on resistance. How it all comes together is the beginning of a series and this story is the start, the Awakening, or the memories of the past returning to Ember, allowing her to continue on her mission.

Dùsgadh: Essence of Life, The Awakening is a wonderful first book in a series. In fact I really thought it was a complete book until the very end when I realized there was still more to be told. By using the concept of awakening, Ember recovers her memories of the past and her past lives in this book, and her sister is there to explain things to her as well as her two guardians. Although author Margaret A. Daly uses this book to set the background and introduce you to characters and the whole concept of the story, it still has plenty of action, adventure and death to keep you on the edge of your seat as you are reading. There are even some people barely mentioned in this book that I have a sneaking feeling are going to show up in later books, only because I just can't see the author making a deal out of them in this book without them showing up again somewhere. This is a great read, and I am happy to say middle schoolers, teens, young adults and up would enjoy this story!