by Rae Carson
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.
Rae Carson’s Girl of Fire and Thorns is one of my favorite novels. I was so excited to learn that she had had another series coming out, I was thrilled. When I read the description, I was even more excited. A girl who can sense gold during the gold rush? Sounds awesome to me. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t quite what I was hoping for.
Lee is a fine character. I liked her well enough, it’s just that she and the plot were not what I wanted out of the book. I wanted more of her using her powers and fighting against the villain. Instead, this felt more like a book about crossing the country during the rush of ’49 with a girl that happened to have powers she used a few times.
It’s not that it was bad, it just wasn’t what I was hoping for. I am hopeful for the sequel. Without spoiling the first, I have to say, I think that the second book holds more promise.
If you like historical fantasies and are interested in reading about a young adult crossing the US, pick up this book.