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.
The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.
©2015 Rae Carson (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
I hesitated on spending my credit . A girl disguised as a boy and the western theme is not a story I would normally want to read. But I loved Rae Carson Fire and Thorns series so I had to give this a try. Wow, Rae Carson does it again! Well written, with another strong and likeable heroine. The detail and vivid description made the story so real. Who knew wagons traveling to California could be so interesting. Once I started listening, I could not stop. Engaging story and one of the best narration I''ve heard. Great start to a series, book #2 is going to be even better.
Loved this pioneer story with a supernatural twist. It was just enough western for me and man, can Rae Carson tell a story. The narrator is excellent: perfect fit for the main character and does the different voices convincingly, without jarring you out of the story. I don't think it could have been read better. Looking forward to book 2!
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First time author for me, in fact, the author was a surprise. When I bought the book all I saw was the title, which looked interesting, and I read the summary, which also looked intriguing and liking to try new authors I went ahead and made the purchase. In researching the author I see she lives in Arizona, graduated from college although I couldn't determine what college, and she calls herself nerdy. So I'll go with that.
The story starts out in the late 1840's in Georgia. I don't think I ever knew there was a gold rush in Georgia that played out quickly. Then gold was discovered in California and a mass exodus of Americans from all over heads west looking for gold began. The protagonist of the story turns out to be a very resilient 16 year old girl who has a knack for finding gold. After her parents are murdered in Georgia she sets out to California and the bulk of the story is that trek, the people and the hardships she encountered.
This supposedly is the first book in a trilogy and the second book isn't out yet. I wouldn't typically buy a book with a 16 year old heroine but I did enjoy the story.
I had the pleasure of listening to this audio and loved it. I really enjoyed the story and the main character Leah or Lee. Leah is able to witch up gold and when her parents are murdered by her uncle, he wants to use her ability to make him rich. She decides to runaway and head west for the gold rush in California. She finds out that you need to trust a few people and you can make your own family. I loved how developed the characters are. You feel really connected to each one of them. You want them to fail and succeed. It is quite the experience. I liked the way the setting was described and I felt transplanted back to the 1800's. Now the narrator was fantastic. She is one of the best narrators I have ever heard. I look forward to reading or listening to the rest of the series when it becomes available
It's nice to listen too the tales old Western from this young ladies point of view. She is a noble character. I hope there is more to this young woman's story. It was difficult to distinguish the male voices.
This book is incredible. I've read the bitter kingdom series by Rae Carson and this is NOTHING like it. But in a good way! She shows depth here. This book has been researched and everything is incredibly accurate in a historical sense. This is a whole new world all together. A real one. OUR world, but Lee is a magical creature in it. I'm so impressed by Rae's depth in terms of stories and new work. The only thing I don't like is that the narrator is using her deepened voice for the male characters. It's hard to take them seriously. I wish they'd allow male voices for the male characters.
The book description sounded unforgivably tropey, but I tried it anyway based on other reviews and friends' recommendations, and I'm very glad I did. I listened to the whole thing in about a day and a half. The characters are believable, the writing fresh, and the writing makes all the old tropes seem new. Very excited for the sequel to come out in a few days!
This book was interesting enough to keep me reading. I wouldn't say it was super captivating or had me jumping up and down, but it was a good and easy read. It had an interesting concept and plot. I like that the setting was during the gold rush. It gave the book a warm feeling and it is different than most of the books in the genre for that reason. I mostly enjoyed it and I breezed through it rather quickly. I definitely plan to read the rest of the series but I don't mind that I have to wait for them as I'm not in a huge hurry to know what happens next.
Erin Mallon was absolutely extraordinary in her performance. She gave the perfect subtle southern accent that wasn't overbearing but just warm enough to be comforting. She read extremely well and captivated the emotions of the characters wonderfully. I plan to read many more books read by her!
Heartbreaking coming of age tale filled with beautiful portraits of the Americans of the 1840s. A very diverse cast of characters fill every minute with honest and realistic stories of the gold rush, each character woven into the story as friend or foe of the heroine.
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