Title: Like A River Glorious (The Gold Seer Trilogy #2)
Author: Rae Carson
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.
Following on from the events in WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER, Lee and her group make home at a prosperous settlement, rich in gold, picked by Lee and her gift of sensing out the richest deposits of gold. As they settle down, their existence becomes threatened by Lee’s Uncle Hiram who isn’t giving up on controlling Lee and her power. To save her friends, Lee vows to destroy her Uncle and the empire he is attempting to build, even if it costs her own freedom.
Last year I read WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER and it became an instant favourite. I enjoyed the characters, the comradery, the adventure and the magic. LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS has all that and more.
In LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS we see more of a development with Lee’s powers, more of an insight into her relationship with her Uncle Hiram, and more of a romance with Jefferson, her best friend from childhood. I have such admiration for not just Lee, but everyone in Glory, California, including some new additions such as Mary and Wilhelm. I especially loved the slow-burn, well-developed, soul-crushingly cute romance between Lee and Jefferson.
LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS also tackles the exploitation and the forced slave labour of the indigenous population, the impact of gold mining, the stealing of indigenous land, and the exploitation of Chinese workers, all for profit.
Like the first in the series, this book is still slow-placed at times, but builds up to some epic explosive moments, and comes to a generally happy and content ending (for now, anyway). I’m excited to see what Rae Carson does with the final in the trilogy.