Title:Like a River Glorious
Author: Rae Carson
Release Date: September 27th, 2016
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 TAKE ON THIS BOOK
This is a back to back review of the same series so if you haven’t read the first book I suggest that you check out that review before you read this one so you can understand the overview of the series (Link given below)
Now continuing our journey with Leah, the second book starts where the first book left off. Leah is not alone but she has found an incredible group of people that she can call family. Leah confesses her secret ability to them and they accept her for who she is ( I lovee that group of people!!!). Rae focuses more on the other characters in this book and we get to fall in love with them all over again.
With her uncle still searching for her, Leah is on constant alert. The romance between with Leah and Jefferson was slow in the first book but in the second book you can’t help but root for them as they are sooo sweet together. As usual, Jefferson proposes a lot of times and she keeps rejecting him (they both do it in a very cute way). I also liked the starting of a romance between Major and Becky(wink,wink).
Leah gets kidnapped by her uncle along with Jefferson and Tom. A part of the secret as to why her uncle(Hiram) is obsessed with her was predictable. The settings in this book are much more raw and grittier. Rae shows us an in-depth of the slavery and discrimination, especially the Chinese and the Native Americans.
LARG surpasses the first book with its character development, action, and Leah’s abilities. What I love about this book was that Leah stays true to her path of growth. She doesn’t get carried away or become snobbish because of her powers. She is humble, loyal and the same bad-ass heroine that we all love. The book ends on a happy note:D
My minus points with the book are the same as the first book – no major twists or turns , no cliffhanger ( What can I say…I just loveee cliffhangers, makes it worth the wait for the next book)
You guys have to read this series. Both books explore different settings which are sooo amazing when you read it and you just can’t help but beg for more, plus the cover looks beautiful!!!:D Rae Carson has done a fantastic job with this series.Can’t wait to see what Rae cooks up for the final installment.