Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

walk on earth a stranger

Title: Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1)
Author: Rae Carson
Release Date/Publisher: September 22nd 2015 by Greenwillow
Finished: September 8th 2015
Pages: 448-ARC eBook-Given for review
Series:
1. Walk on Earth a Stranger
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.

What I Thought:

I can’t believe I delayed reading this! I think I was worried I wouldn’t like it but next time I’m not doubting Rae Carson. I love the fact that it’s set during the gold rush and that the main character could sense and find gold. Aside from the fact that I loved this author’s other series, that description alone made me want to read it.

I would have liked to see a little more use of her powers during the book. She only used them a few times, although when she did it was pretty cool. But I have a feeling the next book will have a lot of it. Leah disguised herself as a boy, so not only did she have to survive but she had to pretend and keep more than one secret from others. The hardest was keeping it from her best friend. I really liked some of the people she meets and travels with.
This books is all about Leah’s journey to California to join the gold rush. You wouldn’t think it would take long to get there either, but back then everything was slower and mostly on foot or by horse. Not everyone would survive that kind of journey either unfortunately. This book really showed that and all the hardship they had to go through on their journey. This was as much about discovery of oneself and starting a new life as it was survival.
 I really liked this book and think a lot of other people will too! I’m going to get myself a final copy of it as soon as I can.

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One comment on “Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

  1. Wow, I’m so happy that you loved this one so much Kelsey^^ I’ll tell you, the more reviews I read for this one the more excited I am to crack open my copy 😀 I still haven’t read anything by Rae Carson though but her Fire and Thorn series is on my tbr and I own the first book…I just need to get to it LOL This sounds awesome though, I love that they’re on the road, travelling throughout, I love those kinds of stories! Awesome review lady^^ ♥

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