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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
The second epic historical fantasy in the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson, the acclaimed author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
This was an interesting sequel, and Leah finally got to put her gold-finding powers to good use!
Leah was a strong character in this, and she tried really hard to be honest with people, and to keep them from danger in whatever way she could. It was unfortunate that she once again had problems with her uncle though.
The storyline in this was about Leah and her friends finally staking claims in California, and beginning to mine gold. We then had Leah’s uncle causing her problems, and we got some real action and excitement, as well as greater development of Leah’s powers with Gold, which had been a little lacking in the previous book. We also got a little more in the way of romance too, although I wouldn’t classify this as a romance story. The pace in this was quite slow though, and I did find the book dragged a bit in places.
The ending to this was pretty good, and tied up a lot of loose ends.
7 out of 10