Lee Westfall, the heroine of the Gold Seer Trilogy, has settled with the folks she’d journeyed cross country in a settlement called Glorious. Her best friend Jefferson is still by her side trying to win her heart. This book tells the story of a much more empowered young woman than we saw in Walk on Earth a Stranger. She has told Jefferson the truth about her affinity for finding gold, and in entrusting that secret to another started the process of accepting him into her life as not only her best friend, but the possibility of something more.
Just as they settle with their friends and name their city, her evil Uncle sends his minions to bring her to him. It is only because of threats against her friends and Jefferson in particular, that she agrees to her imprisonment. Through her eyes we see the harsh treatment of both the American Indian and Chinese people and the indignities they suffered at the hands of the white man. Lee grows up very quickly as she finds herself helpless against those atrocities, and finds a hidden strength within herself. Rae Carson paints a very ugly picture, and while this is a fictional tale she has come close to the horrible realities of the treatment made against those proud races.
Rae Carson has mixed the history of California’s Gold Rush with just enough magic that I would call this novel Historical Fantasy. A new genre maybe? I don’t know, but I am thoroughly enjoying it.
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