Review: Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

January 9, 2018 Review 3 ★★★

Review: Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Purchased
Pages: 432
Release Date: September 27th 2016
Series: The Gold Seer #2
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, General, Girls & Women, Young Adult Fiction
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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.

So I’ve been doing really good when it comes to continuing series instead of starting all the new pretty ones. Trust me when I say that’s a challenge. Anyways, after I finished this one I looked at my review for the first book in the series, WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER. Sadly, looking at my feelings for that book and comparing them to this one made me realize how much this one sort of let me down.

LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS starts off a little slow, there’s a lot of day-to-day life and Jefferson begging for Lee to be his wife – I’m honestly pretty tired of at this point. We meet some new characters but I feel like they weren’t half as developed as the original set from the first novel, who sort of got pushed to the side. And then some more of Jefferson’s pestering.

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The writing was just as descriptive as ever though, and in the scenes where there was a lot of action taking place, I felt like I was actually there. Speaking of some of the scenes, there was a lot of unimaginable cruelty to Indians covered in this book – which is a fantastical sort of historical fiction so I’m not sure how accurate everything is. I do have to say a negative about the writing though, and that was that I predicted almost all of the twists and a good portion of the plot, including – View Spoiler »

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My main problem with the last book was that Lee’s gold hunting powers weren’t really seen. Well, they have a big place in this installment, even if it has a bunch of different issues. It was cool to see Lee’s power developing and a hint of what she can actually do with it.

The weirdest thing is that this book literally tied up all the loose ends from the series so far, making me second guess any need for a third book. I’m definitely going to be leery continuing, just because I don’t see a need for it and I hate seeing books dragged out.

The elements I loved from the first book were mostly absent from this one, especially the emotion, with the exception being towards the end. This trilogy has gorgeous covers and titles, but unfortunately lacks a strong driving force behind a plot that meanders along most of the time. I may or may not be completing the series, depending on how I feel. Right now, I don’t see a need to continue.

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Overall: 2.9

3 Responses to “Review: Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson”

  1. Rashika

    Awww, I am so sad to see the sequel didn’t live up to book 1 for you. My goal for the year is also to continue series and trying not to pick up all the shiny new things from this year. Like A River Glorious is actually a book I need to read this year as well since Walk on Earth a Stranger was one of my favorite reads of the year like two years ago? Three? IDK. At some point.

    If you do choose to continue the series, I hope book 3 will be much better and if you don’t you have every right to since you weren’t blown away by this one! :(
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  2. Sara L.

    :( Sorry to hear you were disappointed by LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though not as much as the first book in the series. But I do agree with you on how surprising it was that most of the series’ loose ends seemed to be tied up here. It made me curious about what’s left to resolve in the final book. And then I wondered, “What if her mother isn’t really dead… and Leah inherited her powers from her?”
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  3. Ethan

    Sometimes an author tries so hard to differentiate their second novel from their first that they lose the elements that endeared readers to their work in the first place. I’m definitely relating to trying to continue series instead of starting new ones. The new ones just look so shiny and inviting though!
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