Like a River Glorious

Like a River Glorious He Will Never Stop Hunting Me Down I Have To End Him, And SoonLee Westfall Survived The Dangerous Journey To California She Found A New Family In The Other Outcasts Of Their Wagon Train, And Jefferson, Her Best Friend, Is Beginning To Woo Her Shamelessly Now They Have A Real Home One Rich In Gold, Thanks To Lee S Magical Ability To Sense The Precious Metal In The World Around HerBut Lee S Uncle Hiram Has Survived His Own Journey West He S Already Murdered Her Parents, And He Will Do Anything To Have Lee And Her Talents Under His Control No One Is Safe When He Kidnaps Her, She Sees Firsthand The Depths Of His DepravityLee S Magic Is Changing, Though It Is Growing The Gold No Longer Simply Sings To Her It Listens It Obeys Her Call Will That Alone Be Enough To Destroy Her Uncle

Rae Carson was born in 1973 in California and now lives in Arizona She developed an enthusiasm for storytelling in her earliest childhood She studied social sciences and worked in various industries after graduating from university before she realized her dream and became a writer The Girl of Fire and Thorns is her debut novel.In her own words, she write s books about teens who must do brave

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  • Hardcover
  • 416 pages
  • Like a River Glorious
  • Rae Carson
  • English
  • 02 March 2017
  • 9780062242945

10 thoughts on “Like a River Glorious

  1. says:

    A decent sequel, even if it is marred by uneven pacing and some problematic misrepresentation of North American history.With an equally beautiful cover and intriguing title, Like a River Glorious picks up where the last book left off Leah Westfall, Jefferson, and accompanying crew have reached California and set about gold digging on a new piece of land It s the California Gold Rush and they have the biggest advantage ever Leah can magically sense the presence of gold Good times.However, Leah s money grabbing uncle Hiram is still on their tail and he s getting closer The book counts on our hatred of Hiram to keep us turning pages and, frankly, it works well A despicable, murdering traitor coming after our heroine is enough to make us care Which is lucky because, in truth, this feels like exactly the same premise of the first book Sure, they re in California now But Walk on Earth a Stranger was about evading and escaping Hiram s clutches, and this book is of the same.Thankfully, as I said, Hiram is easy to despise His cruelty made my blood boil, both in the way he treats Leah herself and his attitude towards the Native American Indian slaves he has captured and forced to work Additionally, the language and setting in the book feel very true the time it is not difficult to convince yourself you ve been taken back to 1849.Unfortunately, I cringed at some of the messages left lingering after the book s close If you were one of those people who felt like The Help portrayed white people aiding and sympathizing with African Americans at a time when such help wasn t being offered, then this book will probably bother you too Leah Westfall and her friends are established as the good white settlers because they offer clothing to the naked natives, making it somehow okay for them to steal and settle on their land Not only did it feel like a misrepresentation of history to show white settlers being kind toward the Native Americans, but it is also troubling that, in the end, the Native Americans essentially help Leah and the other good settlers to steal the land instead of Hiram and the bad settlers Intended sympathies toward the treatment of the natives get lost under confusing messages.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store

  2. says:

    Content warnings Familial violence Violence, racism, and slavery of Chinese and Native American people is present due to the time period and is difficult to read.I did mostly enjoy this and will finish out the trilogy I really enjoyed the audiobook.I am not a history scholar, nor part of any of the marginalized groups portrayed in this book so I cannot speak fully on the representation, but I will say that I wondered if this played into the white savior trope We re told the story through a white main character s POV and though she works together with Native American and Chinese characters to better all of their circumstances, she is the one mostly being hailed as heroic in the narrative lens since she is the main character She does get her privilege checked a few times, which I appreciated I am looking for reviews about the representation because I know the first book had issues with the Native American representation If you know of any own voices reviews, please send me a link Personally, I enjoyed that the book tried to challenge the ways of its time period, though I m sure it s not perfect I think most readers will be able to hash out why the situations were wrong I continued to love the survival element of this series, although in this book it is less about surviving the elements and about surviving various groups of people I loved that the book had the same overarching threats, but gave us a wholly new situation and plot Several reviews have mentioned problems with the pacing but I had no issue with it at all My biggest pet peeve with the book was the romance The love interest says things like I will make you love me, wait and see several times despite the main character verbally telling him she isn t interested It made things feel very forced and like Leah had no choice in the matter I was pretty unsatisfied with the romantic dynamic.

  3. says:

    Actual rating 3.5 stars Bad men are never all bad, and good men are never all good, and it makes it hard to know up from down.The thing with Like a River Glorious is that it s weaker than its predecessor Simply like that When I first read Walk on Earth a Stranger, it felt like I ve found a gem of a book Authentic historical settings, flawless language fitting the era, likable characters and Wild West adventures What could a girl dream of in a book So, it was obvious I d want the similar set of coolness in the sequel

    Alas my dreams did not turn as glorious as the title promised I felt like there could ve been to the plot and character development As the heroine Lee noticed I ve come so far, but in some ways, I haven t gone any distance I m still hiding from bad men I m still trying to figure how to make my own way, my own fortune.It felt like we were reading the same book as the first one, only with slightly changed settings The strange thing is, though, this book actually has action than the previous one, it felt slow paced and lacking events It doesn t mean it was boring no, I rather enjoyed the plot, but I still wanted from it.

    The author, again, rises important questions like slavery, women s rights, genocide, and I immensely enjoyed the writing style, which was easy flawing and suited the Gold Rush era perfectly Plus Lee was a strong reliable heroine I wanted to hug than once I need air and light and a kind word I need my friends I need Peony.I need my guns.The romance part was extended, so to say, and for me Jefferson was not only a likable love interest, but also a character whose view on things I highly respected As we know, he s half Native American Cherokee if I am not mistaken , and it was a hard time for people like him to live back than, but he never bent under horrible circumstances and was a resolute, head strong young man his strengths did not only help Lee to keep going, but also helped her to see the world in a optimistic way Plus they were so cute together I totally shipped them.

    The other thing that bothered me was the ending Strangely, we have a logical conclusion with tied ends But there s going to be the third book, and I can t imagine what it will be about, or what there s to write when everything was already said Maybe there will be different characters to follow or our old characters will find a new adventure Who knows.

    To top it all off, a highly recommended series with authentic historical settings and likable characters I am sure it will be fun to join the Wild West adventure if you haven t started the series yet

  4. says:

    It was okay Had a great ending I might do a full review later I just don t know and it doesn t really matter Book cover is awesome

  5. says:

    Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss The truth is I ve got witchy powers that lead me to gold as sure as the west leads the sun 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 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

  6. says:

    I m not normally a fan of westerns, but I do adore Rae s words, so I was definitely going to continue this series.I ve liked Leah from the start She s smart and strong and not afraid to stick up for herself The cast of characters who have joined her on this crazy adventure is just as awesome as she is.As always, I didn t bother doing a reread of the first book because I was excited to start Thankfully it was easy to settle right into what was going on The plot is a bit of a slow burn, but there is a lot of build up and the ending is explosive There were some interesting things that take place in this installment and for a while it felt like this was a duology I m quite eager to see what happens next Huge thanks to Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review

  7. says:

    Gold conjures up a mist about a man, destructive of all his old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal Charles DickensRae Carson, the New York Times best selling author, is back with the most awaited sequel of her young adult fantasy trilogy, The Gold Seer Trilogy called, Like a River Glorious After the first book s major cliffhanger, the readers were frantically looking forward to this book, to learn about the edgy journey filled with tons of challenges for the young magical teenage girl dressed up as a boy coming to an end and on whether the girl has managed herself to free herself from the clutches of her tyrant uncle once and for all And this book answers all the questions that the readers were left with in the last book.Synopsis 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 Leah Westfall has somehow deluded herself from the grips of her materialistic, evil and cruel uncle, Hiram, who also happens to be her only living relative in this world But that seems to be very wrong, as soon Hiram s men find Leah and her group of friends who are all travelling towards the land of opportunity in California during the era of Gold Rush Although Leah had to tell about her biggest secret about her ability to sense the presence of gold nearby to her friends, and since her uncle already knows about her esoteric ability, he will do anything to trap that girl s power for his own benefit, even if he needs to kill a few souls on his way But now that Leah and her friends are here, they are in full form to make money and settle down, also they barely come across any resistance from the Native Indians Americans, instead this group of teenagers help those native folks and in respect, they too help Leah to get her the land from her uncle and his cunning men Disappointment slowly and silently seeps in to my soul while reading this book This was not expected from an author who in her previous book made her readers gather that rare sense of feeling like they are actually living and breathing in that historical era which brought so many changes in the face of the world the gold rush era That time warp feeling got so wrong in this book, even though we are aware what happened in reality, the author tried to project a fantastical image of that time line, which did not make any sense to the story The whole plot came crashing down just because of this fictional projection of the accurate facts of history, over, the protagonist s demeanor too wasn t justifiable with the attitude of then Western settlers The author s writing holds the flair of that bygone era of history, also the coherent prose is laced with proper emotional depths to make the readers feel for the story and for the characters as well The narrative is free flowing, even though somewhere the narrative tends to be too long and boring at times and also there are unnecessary dialogues which make the story too tedious The pacing is very, very slow, often dragging its readers with its trivial and too thorough descriptions about some scenes or dialogues those are unwanted and makes no sense in the story at all The previous book was unraveled through many layers and twists, although this book, too, has some surprises in store but those are thoroughly foreseeable The characters never cease to disappoint in the midst of such an inaccurate story line, as they are once again strongly developed with their flaws and perfection, layered with emotions to give them a realistic outlook and also they feel like they are pulled out of some history book, since the time and the era syncs well with their demeanor The main protagonist, Leah, is one of a kind who is brave, determined and a strong minded girl fighting for the land and for her powers all by herself through danger And surprisingly most of the characters are bound to leave an imprint on the minds of the readers There is a bit of cliched love drama that also makes the plot so unreal and dull, especially its hard to digest the fact that white western settlers are falling and scheming together with the Native Americans for the downfall of that cruel man s gold mine and the land where Native Americans are treated as slaves In short, this story falls below my expectations, over, I do not feel the need to continue reading this trilogy further So that ends my tryst with The Gold Seer Trilogy .Verdict Compelling yet somewhere the book lost its old charm Courtesy Thanks to the author s publishers for giving me an opportunity to read and review a copy of this book.

  8. says:

    Ok, I need book three right now I cannot wait to go pick it up this week I was not expecting to be as enthralled as I am with this series It is fascinating I have seen reviews where a problem seems to be the inaccuracy on American History but that doesn t bother me because honestly I do not go looking for accurate facts in a fiction book Authors take creative liberties in fiction If I wanted to make sure I am getting facts on the Gold Rush of California I will go read The Age of Gold The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream which yes, I do plan to do at some point Overall, I am so loving this series and cannot wait to go pick up the final book this week Heck, I may just go ahead and pick up Age of Gold and get a fiction and then nonfiction fix

  9. says:

    Though Like a River Glorious was definitely enjoyable Rae Carson is a wonderfully descriptive, gifted writer I definitely preferred the first book At first I was certain I was going to love this, as the beginning was very thrilling but as it went on, the plot sadly became scattered and messagey.Carson does a great job at the historical part of this series within the first few pages I was transported back into the 1800s, into a time of rough cowboys and claim jumpers, a time when people were desperate and dangerous She captured the culture and speech of the ol Wild West so it felt authentic.In Walk on Earth a Stranger, we were introduced to Leah Westfall, a girl with an ability to sense gold during the Gold Rush I loved the descriptions of scenery and slow journey in book one But in this sequel, the tone was very different.For one, it had a lot action, but I wasn t a fan of it because it felt like filler action The plot focused on Leah s evil Uncle Hiram hunting her down to use her gold sensing powers to make him rich It was also much heavier on the romance between Jefferson and Leah Jeff proposes to Leah multiple times, but Leah is conflicted about marriage and being tied down to a man I didn t care for Leah s attitude I don t quite remember if she was this way in the first book, but here she was constantly saying she wasn t a proper lady Now, there s nothing wrong with saying that, but the way she said it felt like she was opposed to anything ladylike I m not at all a proper lady, and don t you dare imply that I am Her tough attitude felt forced Leah shuddered at anything even mildly feminine This was the message I was getting Girls are badasses who can shoot people Girls hate dresses and new shoes Um, actually most girls love those things They re called girly for a reason And then there was that whole ending where view spoiler Leah asked Jeff to marry her hide spoiler

  10. says:

    4.5 starsLike a River Glorious, Rae Carson s fifth novel and the second book in her Gold Seer trilogy, cements her status as one of the best, most reliable authors of YA fiction Her long string of literary successes without a single glitch shows us that we can indeed trust an author to always deliver and constantly stay at the top of her game.Walk on Earth a Stranger left Lee and her friends finally in California, trying to find a good settlement and put down roots The losses they d suffered along the way left an indelible mark on all of them Some are strong enough to recover, and some decide that safety is valuable than any amount of gold Those who remain, Lee and Jefferson among them, are a tight knit group, practically a family, and only the danger caused by Lee s powers has the ability to tear them apart.As a non American, I didn t know much about the fate of Native Americans during California Gold Rush The abhorrent treatment shown in this book might be a bit exaggerated, but likely not by much Lee has to face a very ugly reality in her uncle s mine, both towards Native American and the Chinese With Jeff and Tom by her side, she has to move past sympathizing and come up with a way to save not only herself, but all those slaves as well.Leah s witchy ability to sense gold is explored and constantly developed in this book She grows along with it and becomes braver and open about what she can do It s a dangerous secret, but Lee and Jefferson finally have a large family to share it with, people they can trust to always have their backs, even when the risk is too great for them all Henry and Tom, two of our confirmed bachelors , play a important role in this book Their relationship could be considered queerbaiting if not for the historical context As it is, theirs is a kind of don t ask, don t tell situation, but I m hoping for a open approach in the final book, at least among the folks in Glory If they can handle a witchy girl who can sense gold, they can surely handle two gay men being a bit less discreet about their relationship.The book has a brilliant, well rounded ending that could be quite enough for most readers, even without the final part of the trilogy Knowing a third book is coming makes me equal parts excited and afraid for Lee and her people at Glory, California Apparently there s still a difficult road ahead of her and with the way things are going, the final part might just be the best of them all.

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