Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)

by Rae Carson

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.

Reviewed by Chelsea on

4 of 5 stars

Thoughts When I Finished:

Is it weird that this book reminded me of Little House on the Prairie? Maybe not. They are in the same time period. I was actually surprised I liked this book. There wasn’t a lot of fantasy elements in it and it was pretty slowly paced. The events that happened weren’t huge or intense in any way but I still really enjoyed reading it.

What I Loved:

I love the mixture of the fantasy elements with an 1830’s time period. I thought that was really interesting. I found the author did a good job too with what sort of things would be around in that time period. She really did her research.

It’s hard to have an opinion of the characters because there were only a couple that were around for the whole book. I think the characters we ended up with at the end were sort of weeded out and will end up being my prominent in the next books. This was a road trip book of a sort so there were lots of people that were met but then ended up going their separate ways. Who knows though, maybe we’ll see some again. I did mostly like the main character. She has a ways to go development wise but I was never annoyed or upset with her. Even though she didn’t blow me away I was happy with how she turned out.

What I Didn’t Like:

I don’t know what is it that made me give this book 4 stars. I guess it was just that fact that it didn’t completely blow me away. The plot was a little slow sometimes and I like more fast paced, action packed plots. Even though the plot was slow and fairly mild, I still found myself enjoying the story.

Who I’d recommend To:

I’d recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction who like a little taste of fantasy. This was mostly a historical fiction book because the only fantasy element was that the main character had a special gift. Nobody else seems to have any gifts so it’s just a little taste of fantasy. Also, if you liked Little House on the Prairie this might be a good match for you.

Quick Review:

This is the perfect book for lovers of western fiction and those who love going on long journeys while staying at home in bed. It’s an easy book to get through because of the slower, easy going plot. The main character, Leah, isn’t the sort of person to rush things but is still extremely smart. You’ll love being paired with her on this crazy adventure.

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