The sequel to the New York Times best-selling and National Book Award long-listed 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.
©2016 Rae Carson (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Yes! This sequel gives the reader everything that a sequel should: revelations, tension, terror, hope and in this one, lots of gold. The pacing was perfect for me as we learn about mining, life in California and the progression of Leah's story.
I would compare it to the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix because there's a great balance of passing time and building tension to the plot.
I listened to Walk on Earth a Stranger and I love Mallon's narration. She's up there with some of my top favorite narrators. Her tender emotion gripped at my own emotions many times and her soft Southern accent gives extra life and authenticity to the story.
Some parts made me giggle and some made me tense when things were quickly escalating. There's a few shockers in this book and I felt uncertainty when the book ends. I have no idea where the final book will go, but that's a good thing. Carson has managed to make me feel something in every book, which had been somewhat rare for me in the past.
This is a special series that I don't know that we'll see again. The backdrop of 1849 America is wild, terrifying, realistic and beautiful. There's a healthy romantic relationship that builds in this book, as well as great messages of serving others, tolerance of others and bravery. Highly recommended series.
As a follow up to "Walk on Earth a Stranger" this book does not disappoint. Fantastic story. This is definitely not a book for tiny kids though, as there is death, sadness, misery and slavery. Among other things. But that's one reason I like this series so much. Rae Carson doesn't shy away from the realities of life in the Wild West. The lawlessness, hopelessness and lack of choice/options for women. It's full of positive messages for young women to be their own person and never let their name and roots dictate who they can and can't be. It also helps them appreciate what our ancestors have had to fight through, kicking and screaming, for the basic rights we have today. There are some dark, dark moments in this book about the treatment of the natives and the Chinese working in the mines. But again, it's important that the ugly face of history is exposed for young listeners to understand that the lawless west was not like a movie or tv show.
The narration was great. The ONLY gripe I have is that they should let men do the voices for the male characters. It's hard to take the characters seriously when their voice is just a deepened female voice. I liked how she varied her voice for all the female characters too.
Absolutely loved this book. sure to be a classic. as good as (if not better than) pride & prejudice.
Rae Carson writes the best female characters. Lee is intelligent and strong. A leader that others look up to. And I love her and Jefferson together. Their friendship that is blossoming into love is adorable.
The action picks up where book 1 ended,once I started listening, I did not want to stop. Rae Carson is such a great story teller, there was not a boring moment, I got pulled right into the story. There is heartache, love, new friendship and stronger bonds that grow between the group. Uncle Hiram is creepy. Lee discovers another dimension to her magic with gold. A bit of an emotional roller coaster, especially how unfairly American Indians were treated. Heart breaking. But a satifying ending. Overall, if you enjoyed book 1, you will not be disappointed. It will be interesting to see what happens in book #3.
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