Title: Like A River Glorious
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.
If you guys read the review last week, you know that I am freaking addicted to Walk on Earth a Stranger, and the sequel just came out! Safe to say I was so excited. Imagine my stress when I discovered just how hard it would be to acquire a copy of this book in the UK… despite pre ordering it! Even the book depository didn’t have this book and the UK audible service didn’t have the correct licensing. Eventually after many hours of stress a good american friend agreed to share her audible account with me, so I could listen to this freaking amazing book.
Surely enough this book centers around our beloved characters as they grow into their California lives and about keeping Leah’s secret. This book was a perfect sequel. I actually listened to it while I was crocheting a blanket, which honestly felt very appropriate! Like a River Glorious showed some even further brilliant character building, we met and fell in love with new characters - like Muskat an Indian leader, whose people are being enslaved by the vile men running the new gold mines in California.
This book didn’t shy away from the horrors that occurred during this time. We see several minorities enslaved, and many fight back. Despite being set in the 1800’s this book is beautiful diverse and realistic. What I love the most though, is that none of this feels forced. The story flows beautifully and melodically, the narrator did an amazing job, just like she did with the first book.
This book isn’t focused on action, the more and more I read, the more and more I realize just how much this book is about the people, and what a wonderful cast of people Carson has created. Sometimes you read a book or a series and you know, just know deep down that it’s something special and different. Reading Like a River Glorious made me happier than I have been in a long time. I cried happy tears. Most YA book seem to be focused on traumatizing us of late, so the freaking perfect ending to this book was refreshing and honestly left me with a pure sense of happiness that has stayed with me for a while.
Personally I own around 6,000 books - and I read around 25 a month, which is a lot. Yet the Gold Seer trilogy is defiantly in my top 3, that is how strongly I am in love with it. I would recommend these book to anyone. Seriously, anyone.