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.Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
on September 27, 2016
Also by this author: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, The Bitter Kingdom, Walk on Earth a Stranger, Into the Bright Unknown
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy #2
Also in this series: Walk on Earth a Stranger, Into the Bright Unknown
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
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.
The second epic historical fantasy in the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson, the acclaimed author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns.
I was completely captivated by Walk on Earth a Stranger when I read it last year. It was like nothing I’ve ever read before. Thrilling, gut wrenching, and heartbreaking are just some of the words I would use to describe it. To say that Like a River Glorious was one of my most anticipated books of 2016 would be an understatement. It was probably my most anticipated book of the year. I’m so happy to say that it did not disappoint at all.
Like a River Glorious starts off right where the last book left off. The action also starts back up right away. This book is the definition of edge of your seat. I was so tense during some chapters that I had to take a breather. Rae Carson is such and amazing writer. She really brings each and every character to life and makes you care for them as if they were real. The California setting is so vivid and the time period is so easy to immerse yourself in.
Leah was just as lovable and relateable as she was in Walk on Earth a Stranger. She has more spirit and courage in her little finger than I’ll ever have. Lee’s ‘witchy’ power plays a bigger role in this book. I can’t wait to see it grow in the next book as well. The secondary characters are such a diverse bunch. I love that almost all of them have a history and story to tell. The villains were utterly vile. I really can’t remember the last time that fictional villains conjured such disgust in me. Rae Carson can write an excellent bad guy.
It’s worth noting again that the romance plays a very small part in the story. It might have a bigger role in this book, but it’s rarely the main focus. I had no problem with that since the story has so many other strong things going for it.
I also want to address the treatment of the Native Americans and now, in this book, the Chinese as well. It’s appalling. There’s no other way to put it. Most of us know these things happened, but Rae Carson doesn’t gloss over it. Some things are very difficult to read, but I’m glad they are there. It would seem weak to skip this horrible part of our history. I love that Leah always stood up for everyone when she could. I wish we could go back to this time period and make everyone believe like Leah.
Like a River Glorious was a stunning follow up. I can’t wait to see where Rae Carson takes us in book three. I know that it will be a wild adventure!