Friday, May 26, 2017

Recommendation Fridays: The Gold Seer Trilogy by Rae Carson

   I first read Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson for the Two Thumbs Up Program at McNally Robinson, like most of my improv picks at McNally, I picked this one up because the Twitterverse was gushing about how AMAZING it was. Having not read Rae Carson's previous series, I wasn't quite sure what I had in store for me. In the end I was seriously glad that I picked that baby up! The series has become one of my all time favourites, and has even resulted in me spending at least 10 months hunting down an ARC of Like a River Glorious, it's sequel. 

   The series is perfect for people who love giving historical things a little twist! Taking place during the Gold Rush in the USA, the main character has the power to sense gold. The book only really focuses on her power about 40% of the time, so you are really able to focus on the historical parts of it. Honestly, it's just the cutest cowboyish book that I recommend everyone pick up. 

The series would probably be best for people who like the following books:
Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Westerns, Magic, The Gold Rush

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1
Format: Hardcover, 436 pages

Description from GoodReads:

   Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

   Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

   She also has a secret.

   Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

   When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson

Release Date: September 27th, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy, #2
Format: Hardcover, 412 pages

Description from GoodReads:

   After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

   Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

Check out Ohana Reads' Review here!

Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson

Release Date: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy, #3
Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Description from GoodReads:

   Leah Westfall, her fiancé Jefferson, and her friends have become rich in the California Territory, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense precious gold. But their fortune has made them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Lee and her friends decide they’ve had enough—they will fight back with all their power and talents. Lee’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter the California landscape forever. With a distinctive young heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure, bringing the Gold Seer Trilogy to its epic conclusion. Includes a map and an author’s note.

   And that's the Gold Seer Trilogy by Rae Carson! I hold this series very dearly to my heart, so I hope you guys will pick it up and give it a try!

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