Book Review: Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

Posted August 18, 2016 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments Tags:

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I received this book for free from Around the World ARC Tours, the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Like a River Glorious by Rae CarsonLike a River Glorious by Rae Carson
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy #2
Published by HarperCollins on 2016-09-27
Genres: Action & Adventure, fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Source: Around the World ARC Tours, the Publisher via Edelweiss
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four-half-stars

The sequel to the New York Times–bestselling and National Book Award longlisted Walk on Earth a Stranger. After her harrowing journey west to California, Lee Westfall has finally found a new home—one rich in gold, thanks to her magical power, a power that seems to be changing every day. But this home is rich in other ways, too: with friends who are searching for a place to be themselves, just as she is, and with love. Jefferson—her longtime best friend—hasn’t stopped trying to win her heart. And Lee is more and more tempted to say yes.

But her uncle Hiram hasn’t given up his quest to get Lee and her power under his control. When she’s kidnapped and taken to him, Lee sees firsthand the depths of her uncle’s villainy. Yet Lee’s magic is growing. Gold no longer simply sings to her, it listens. It obeys her call. Is it enough to destroy her uncle once and for all?

Rae Carson, acclaimed author of the Girl of Fire and Thorns series, takes us deep into the gold fields as she continues this sweeping saga of magic and history, and an unforgettable heroine who must come into her own.

I love these books, guys. Seriously, if you haven’t read any Rae Carson books, you need to get on that ASAP. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is still one of my favorite series after all these years and I’m sure The Gold Seer Trilogy will be on that list just as soon as I can read the final book! So if you haven’t read any of these books, I’m telling you, do it now!

With the first book in this series, we meet Leah Westfall and Jefferson Kingfisher. The book starts in Georgia but after some events at home and for different reasons, the two set off for the gold rush in California. The book follows Leah, who dresses as a boy and goes by Lee, across the country in a story that feels very much like The Oregon Trail game that’s a lot more personal, obviously, and has a lot of great relationships that develop and amazing characters. If you read it, you know what I’m talking about. And if you didn’t, you should.

In the second book, Lee and Jeff have reached California and are looking for a place to settle. I don’t want to give too much away but I absolutely loved watching these characters find a place to live, set up a community with their friends, and work hard to make it all work. We get to meet new characters who have also traveled to California in hopes of finding gold and a new life. Of course, we also know we’re going to run into Hiram, Lee’s uncle. Which played out much differently than I thought it would and thought it was brilliant. So much drama and careful planning and worrying and stress and adventure! I loved it all!

I was also very interested in the way Carson portrayed California and the west before they became states. How lawless and dangerous it was, how horribly we treated the Native Americans and Chinese, and just how unpredictable it all was. I enjoyed seeing that side of it and knowing it wasn’t a watered down version of history.

In the end, I really enjoyed this book and was so glad it lived up to my expectations. This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year so it had a lot to live up to! And it did not disappoint! I love Rae Carson’s writing and will read anything she has written. I highly recommend you give her books a try. They’re always the perfect combination of fantasy and drama and adventure and all come with amazing characters! And this one was no different.

2 Responses to “Book Review: Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson”

  1. Ooh, I’m reading this right now and have ~30 pages left! I’m also really glad to see it hasn’t been watered down, but is still very raw and realistic in its portrayal of the treatment of Native Americans and Chinese. I really had no idea what to expect from this sequel, but it turned out well and I’m really glad you also enjoyed it! Great review!
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