Second book of the Gold Seer Trilogy
by Rae Carson
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.
After a disappointing first book, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, though I was hopeful. My hopes did not disappoint. This book, Lee is a lot more interesting to follow. I found myself cheering for her and her friends.
Her uncle Hiram is an interesting character, and I’m glad we finally got to spend some time with him. Well, not glad, the guy is a jerk beyond measure, but for story purposes it made for some good conflict and mystery. It was interesting to see how Lee acted around him, sometimes going along with him, other times fighting against.
Not only were the characters interesting in this book, but I found the use of Lee’s powers to be a lot better. They were more fitting with what I expected from a girl who has the power to witch out gold during the California gold rush. They made for a much more interesting read than the last book.
The one thing I will say about this book is that I’m not sure I want to keep reading the trilogy. The last book is set to come out in October, and usually I’d be dying to get my hands on it. This time is different though. I felt like there are still a few questions left up in the air, but everything was wrapped up well enough that I don’t really have a desire to pick up the next one.
All in all, I’d say it’s worth your time to pick up the first and second book if you like historical fantasies and are willing to invest some time into the series before you get a payout.