Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson is a gorgeous start to another refreshingly original trilogy from the author of Girl of Fire and Thorns. I adored her previous trilogy, so of course I couldn’t resist Walk on Earth a Stranger, even though I wasn’t sure that the California Gold Rush was a historical setting I would be all that interested in. I was so wrong! I’m really loving this trend of fantasy + western setting because it is a whole lot of fun. Combining Carson’s beautiful writing with strong pacing and wonderful characters, Walk on Earth a Stranger is a fantasy for fans of all age-ranges.
Note: I received an advanced copy of Walk on Earth a Stranger from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1)
Published by Greenwillow on Sept. 22nd, 2015
Genres: Historical Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 432 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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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.
- Despite my initial hesitation, I ended up loving the gold rush setting of Walk on Earth a Stranger. I think this is partly because I haven’t read any book set in this historical period before so everything felt exciting and new and partly because Carson rocked her historical research and reminded me why I loved playing Oregon Trail as a kid ;-).
- Lee’s gold dowsing powers are the perfect fantasy touch to this otherwise pretty historical story. I mean, how awesome would that magic be in the freaking gold rush??? Lee’s powers aren’t overly present though, since she understandably has to hide them to avoid being exploited!
- Walk on Earth a Stranger is fantastically paced with action coming in just as the previous focus wraps up. This is a book you need to be careful reading before you go to bed because you might not sleep that night.
- I loved Carson’s writing in her previous trilogy, but she has really matured in Walk on Earth a Stranger. I kept being moved by how lovely and experience reading this book was and those of you who love quotes are going to have a heyday.
- I am not as addicted to girl-disguised-as-boy plot points as I know some of you are, but I was still delighted at how Carson handled Lee’s cross-dressing. Lee had a perfectly good reason for needing to cross-dress and she deals with the actual issues that a pubescent girl would have while trying to hide as a boy!
- There is a bit of a romance in Walk on Earth a Stranger, but it is wonderfully slow and subtle. We sort of all know how things are going to go, but Walk on Earth a Stranger doesn’t rush and doesn’t push the romance to the forefront since Lee has a few other things on her mind, like surviving.
- I’m a huge fan of the found family idea of friendship and loved that that theme plays a big role in Walk on Earth a Stranger. Lee finds friends far more valuable than her blood relations and they stand up for her safety and claim her as their own *sniffles*.
- I’m really not a fan of present tense in most stories and Walk on Earth a Stranger just doesn’t quite pull it off. I kept thinking that it was in past and being thrown by a present-tense verb. I think things would have flowed better if it had been in past-tense unfortunately.
Walk on Earth a Stranger is a historical fantasy not to be missed! Even if you don’t typically read YA, I think you’ll love this story. This is the start to next big fantasy trilogy and it’s going to be epic :D.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
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