Book: Walk on Earth a Stranger
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Genre: Teen Historical Fiction, Fantasy

4.5 stars out of 5

Synopsis: Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

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.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift. (Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads.)

This BOOK! Yes. Thank you.

Historical fiction with a touch of magic, this book is an epic journey of an intrepid young lady to secure a future on her own terms.

Emotional at points, funny at points, frightening at points. All in all, a very satisfying read, especially for a book I picked up on a whim. If you liked Little House on the Prairie as a kid, this is a good next step for a more mature reader who wants more wagon trains.

A lovely mix, representation, and journey. A satisfying read.

Lee Westfall’s family appears perfect at first, but their little family has some not so friendly secrets that end up sparking a completely different life direction than she ever intended.

Exploring ideas of relationships, gender roles, and discrimination, this book felt like a fairly accurate representation of life in an 1850 wagon train. It moved along at a pleasant pace with some great surprises and twists, and although there were a lot of characters and settings, it didn’t feel overwhelming.

The ending felt like just enough closure to be satisfying (even if a little frustrating!) while strongly teasing me to read the next book in the series (Like a River Glorious, Sept. 27, 2016).

Lee is a spunky main character who learns, grows and develops over the course of her wagon train journey. Her magical ability to sense gold is intriguing and not explained. I’m excited to see how this ability (and its origins) are built upon in the next book.

This book has also made me want to go read everything on Rae Carson’s backlist. Seriously. I enjoyed it that much.

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  1. I’ve never heard of this book, but I think I’d love to read it! All my magical and fantasy books are set in epic landscapes reminiscent of Middle Earth, and I think it’d be interesting to read about “life in an 1850 wagon train”!
    Great review, and Carson’s other series looks incredibly awesome too. Cheers to finding new authors to hunt! 😀

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