Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
Series: The Gold Seer #1
Genres: 19th Century, Coming of Age, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Western, Young Adult
Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.
She also has a secret.
Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.
When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.
Girl disguised as boy trope
HELLO ONE OF MY FAVOURITE TROPES EVER! I seriously can’t get enough of these stories. Some are better than others and I must say WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER was pretty good. For one thing Lee had to actually deal with her period while on the road with other people! This is a big dilemma and you’d think it would be more mentioned that it is.
Ever since VENGEANCE ROAD I have had a mighty need for more YA Western. WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER met my needs. It wasn’t as violent and action packed as VENGEANCE ROAD, and it wasn’t written in such a dialect, but the feel was just as amazing. For one thing there were horses and dust everywhere and a lot of travel which made life pretty gritty. I’m looking forward to seeing how LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS expands the world further.
Historical Diseases and Complications
Time for my medical nerd to come out! About halfway through WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER disaster struck when outbreaks of various diseases and problems started to happen and shit got real. This is actually something that was missing from VENGEANCE ROAD. Seeing how they dealt with diseases that have since been wiped out, and how they managed things such as asepsis and disease control and common health problems like childbirth was absolutely fascinating. I am very thankful for modern medical care!
Not as much happened as I expected
The synopsis sets Leah’s gold sensing up to be a massive thing integral to the plot but it wasn’t. I mean it’s important in starting her journey but it’s not a skill she used all that often in the book. The villain barely had a role either. This was disappointing because the gold divining is such an interesting skill and the villain was so creepy I really wanted to see more. I’m holding out hope that WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER was for setting up the world and characters and that the real, overarching plot comes into the forefront in the sequels.
I want to read more Rae Carson
This is my first Rae Carson book and I tell you what I can’t wait to dive into more of her stuff. Her characters were absolutely fabulous and well rounded, and the way she set up and described the world made it easy to imagine. Seeing how much I love fantasy, it won’t be long before I get into THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS.
WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER has further cemented my need for YA Western. While not overly action packed, it was a great book with well written characters. Only thing I’m disappointed by is that Leah’s gold sensing wasn’t as important as expected. Still, I am really looking forward to the sequel.