on September 22, 2015
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy #1
Also in this series: Like a River Glorious
Also by this author: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, The Bitter Kingdom, Like a River Glorious
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.
Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.
Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.
I’m very in love with this book. I don’t remember the last time I felt so gushy about a book! It’s only fitting that it’s by Rae Carson. She is an incredible author who has wowed me at every page turn. So be warned, this review is going to be pretty fangirly.
Walk on Earth a Stranger is not for the weak of heart. It’s very action packed and there’s lots of death and heartbreaking situations. It all feels so very real. Probably because it’s so rooted in American history. While this book does have a fantastical element, it isn’t explored very much in this first installment. This book reads more like a historical novel. I’ll be the first to admit that historical is not my favorite genre and this time period wasn’t particularly fascinating to me. Honestly, if this wasn’t written by an author I already love I probably would’ve skipped it. If that’s the case for you as well, I urge you to reconsider. Walk on Earth a Stranger is something special. You don’t want to miss it.
This book is very different than The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, but they have a very common theme: immensely strong female characters. Lee was thrown horrifying obstacles from the very start of the book. Not only did she overcome them but she comes out stronger after each one. She was an incredible main character and I’m so happy that I get to spend more time learning about her in future books.
The book has many, many characters and all of them were so well written. I loved that not every one was what they seemed. You had to warm up to some of them, some of them you rightfully hated from the start.
Walk on Earth a Stranger doesn’t have a strong romantic story line. So don’t go into it looking for that. The action and adventure will keep you entertained enough to not care, I promise. It really was a thrill ride. There’s a dire situation or (near)death situation in just about every chapter it seems. That makes the book impossible to put down. I honestly can’t remember the last time I finished a book so fast!
I loved it. I really, really loved it. I hope I made that clear! This is definitely going to be high up on my favorites list at the end of 2015. Please read it if your a fantasy, historical, or action fan. Or, you know, if you’re a fan of books.