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"Yes. He wanted to stay, and I had work there that'll keep him awhile. Shefford, we got news of Shadd--bad news. The half-breed's cutting up rough. His gang shot up some Piutes over here across the line. Then he got run out of Durango a few weeks ago for murder. A posse of cowboys trailed him. But he slipped them. He's a fox. You know he was trailing us here. He left the t ...more
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Henry Avila
Aug 12, 2011 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rainbow Trail, a worthy sequel to "Riders of the Purple Sage".John Shefford ,a former minister,(he was told to leave by the church , for being a suspected atheist !)meets Bern and Elizabeth Venters in Illinois.They tell him an unbelievable story of Lassiter, Jane Withersteen and Fay Larkin ,their "adopted" daughter .Stuck in Surprise Valley for 12 long years!Strangely Shefford falls in love with Fay ,without ever seeing her.He needs someone to love.Arriving in Arizona, John encounters an Ind ...more
Jun 25, 2015 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
After reading a few classic Westerns, I’ve figured out why the heroes have been reflective, thoughtful, intelligent characters. It’s so that the author can put in a lot of description, mostly of the land. The terrain and vegetation descriptions set this apart from other non-genre novels - Grey describes like he is there, so that you could picture the cinematic version of the story. There wasn’t as much going on in this one compared to “Riders of the Purple Sage”, and multiple bad guys exit with ...more
Richard Ward
May 28, 2015 Richard Ward rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Zane Grey only.
Zane Grey is my favorite writer of westerns, and Riders Of The Purple Sage is one of my most favorite books of the genre. So I had high hopes for the sequel, and it let me down. Not even in the same league. Yet his fans will want to read it, and it does have some good material in it. Mormon polygamists are keeping "sealed wives" against their will. Our protagonist, a "gentile" from Back East, takes it upon himself to rescue one of them. He gets help from an Indian and from some Mormons who are b ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Elinor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage has an even more salacious story line than the first book. In Riders, a young Mormon woman has to escape the clutches of her controlling church elders. In this book, which takes place fifteen years later, the state of Utah has outlawed plural marriages, but an entire village of beautiful young "sealed" wives (not legal wives, but plural wives sealed by God) are hidden in the mountains, and visited in the dead of night by gray-bearded elders. Yuck! The her ...more
Gingerspice Obrien
Jun 18, 2016 Gingerspice Obrien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
The book is not as well paced or intense as Riders of the Purple Sage. Shefford is no Lassiter. He too often gets lost in his own dream world and needs others to snap him out of it. He is more a hero by accident and by the setup by others. I was sorry that Lassiter was portrayed as old and frail. I was hoping for at least one good gunfight where he could shine. I thought Fay Larkin was portrayed well, (wished she had really done the deed). Jane Withersteen was portrayed as just a shadow of her f ...more
Jen Hirt
Aug 16, 2014 Jen Hirt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As you all know from my earlier post, I'm reading hundred-year-old westerns because this summer's vacation crossed paths with Zane Grey's homestead in Lackawaxen, PA. His house on the Delaware River is fantastic Americana (his writing space is perfectly preserved, down to the rugs and books and custom Hopi paintings done right on the wall). His grave nearby is quiet, mixed in with resting spots of Revolutionary War fatalities (the Minisink Battleground, just down the road). The museum is free, a ...more
Jan 28, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, kindle
Sequel to "Riders of the Purple Sage", Grey clearly has issues with Mormons and presents Indians as noble, wise people. Description of the landscape is first rate. The story is melodramatic.
I didn't realize until after I started reading this book that it was a continuation of sorts of Grey's book Riders of the Purple Sage. I didn't remember important bits from the first book to thoroughly enjoy this one enough. I found the book boring at times and the writing reminded me of a 1950's western. The words "pard", "squaw" seemed outdated and a bit pretentious and obviously politically incorrect on the word squaw which I know is an insult to Natives. I wished I could have enjoyed this bo ...more
Jun 15, 2015 georgia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
thin book but what i like about zane is his descriptions of what i what i see every day. he describes the sage in a way, i now have to stop and look. The painted desert as if on is just painting it. the story is book #2 of his beginning writing.s Yes there is a Mormon overflow of "taken wives", polygamy trial and, and. The story moves along most of the time. There were places where love and heartbreak love are described, i found tears on my cheeks.

Reading his books is becoming better than watch
Nov 17, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Zane Grey, but this one far outshines most of his books. The descriptions of the canyons and the river and the tension of the adventures were so exciting, I couldn't wait to finish the book, and yet I hated to say good bye to the characters. This is my second reading of the story, and it was better this time! I was so happy that Lassiter and Jane got out, and so glad the Mormon religion has changed their practices of "sealed wives". Horrible. I think Zane liked the Mormons, but hated some ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Carmen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
A man searches for a girl whose story he has heard. In the course of the search, he finds a Mormon town which is inhabited by women. They are the second and so forth wives of men who live a short horse ride away. It chronicles when they wanted to join the US, but had to give up that part of their religious practices. The story line was a bit lame. He falls in love with someone whom he doesn't know and goes off to save her. He succeeds. I did enjoy the descriptions of the landscapes, otherwise no ...more
Aug 25, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once in awhile you come upon a book or books that speaks to you on a different level then all of the others and that is what "The Riders of the Purple Sage" and "The Rainbow Trail" have done to me. The descriptions of the vastness and beauty of the American West along with its history and romance told by a true artist is a combination that is hard to recover from. I will need a day or so to absorb all of this before I can let go and begin another book. Zane Grey was a true artist and a must read ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western-classics
I wasn't going to pick up any more Zane Grey after Riders of the Purple Sage, but I heard this was a sequel with the "rest of the story." I think I neither liked it well enough nor hated it enough to want to analyze it in a review, but maybe I can come up with a few comments. Overall, it was anti-climatic. I found the protagonist, Shefford, exasperating, not much of a mover/shaker, stopping to gaze at the horizon and consider it in detail while the enemy is trailing him. Once that threat had pas ...more
Mar 28, 2014 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this audiobook up at the Library for something to listen to on a long trip, not realizing that it was the sequel to Mr. Grey’s “Riders of the Purple Sage.” Apparently it had been published in a heavily censored format (because of the critical stance towards Mormons), as “The Rainbow Trail,” but this work was finally published 90 years later. I occasionally read one of Mr. Grey’s works, so I’m going to put off posting this review until I get and finish “Riders of the Purple Sage.” Should ...more
Oct 24, 2013 Ralph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
This is a sequel to the classic Riders of the Purple Sage, though the main characters from that book do not enter the plot till very near the end. Like the first book, this book is also a romance set in the west, but much of the time the characters and the plot are subordinate to the setting, and even when the characters and their actions take center stage, they have been changed through their experiences in the "crucible of the desert." Zane Grey wrote of the land through which he traveled and ...more
Mikkel Libby
Jul 22, 2014 Mikkel Libby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Grey novel.

Typical Grey novel.

I do not ever
remember not liking the hero in Grey's books but I did not like Shefford. he seldom took the lead in any situation. He didn't even have the guts to kill Fayes tormentors. He did not do anything heroic other then accidentally kill Shad. My favorite character was the Indian. Without hi
, Shefford would've accomplished nothing.
What a lovely continuation to Riders of The Purple Sage.

A disgraced minister heads to the desert to find himself and a girl named Fay Larkin that in his mind will be his salvation. In that beautiful desert, he finds love, loyalty, friendship and himself.

The friendship between Shefford and Nas Ta Bega alone made the story a five star read. Again, I love a good bromance.

I was a little upset by how queasy Shefford was over Fay killing Waggoneer, but it all righted itself.

Jane's horse still knowing
Jul 12, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
Finally finished.

I had a really hard time getting through this book and this is coming from someone who usually reads 19th century literature. At one point I even set it aside to read something else but, ultimately, I had to come back to it because I couldn't leave a book unfinished.

The reason that reading this book was like trudging through ankle deep mud, was because absolutely NOTHING happens until the last fifty pages! And even then, any action or forward movement of the plot was overshadowe
Claude Bealer
May 10, 2014 Claude Bealer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The. Rainbow Trail

This is a beautiful sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Zane Grey has a writing style that is poetic as well as beautifully descriptive. If you read and enjoyed Riders of the Purple Sage you won't want to miss reading this book. It is a Public Domain book so you can read it at no cost.
Jeffrey Schmieder
The best part of this book are his beautiful descriptions of the American Southwest. I did grow bored with the Sago storyline, any reader would have guessed it many chapters before the hero. And the characters all seem a little to good to be true, did people really act that way during that time period? It does make me want to reread Riders Of The Purple Sage.
Jay Wright
Mar 30, 2016 Jay Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book better than Riders of the Purple Sage. It is not often that I like a sequel better than the first but the main character is very well developed. Grey as usual hits it with his descriptions of the land. I like the main Indian (Native American) character in this book. Good read.
Fred Ann
A bit of a sequel to grey's Riders of the Purple Sage as Fay Larkin is the featured heroine and the Mormon influence is introduced again as is the hidden surprise Valley and Lassiter and Jane Witherstean are again included in the character luist of this exciting novel
Mar 11, 2014 Patrick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
This story (originally called The Rainbow Trail) has more psychological depth and less action than its better-known prequel, Riders of the Purple Sage.

I had to consult the Web for background information on the erstwhile Mormon practice of "sealed wives," which is an institution on which the plot hinges. It is also true to say that Zane Gray's superficial depiction of Navajo culture would later be surpassed by novelist Tony Hillerman (Perhaps phrases like "Me no savvy Jesus Christ" had more reso
May 27, 2011 Jacob rated it it was ok
Started out ok, with some Abbey like descriptions of the desert. The story plot started out interesting as well. However, about a third of the way through this one got really stale. Descriptions of the land became repetitive, the plot unfolded in painfully predictable fashion, and the protagonist degenerated into hand wringing questioning of his potential relationship with the Sago Lily. This book was fine for the cross-country plane ride I read it on but not one I would go out and buy. If you l ...more
Sep 19, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
I really enjoyed this story. The search for a lost girl, regaining faith, early Mormon practices plus adventure and a love story. A lot happens in this book all set in the changing West.
Gwen Hopkins
White water rapids.

I will never wonder how it would feel to ride the rapids. After reading this story I feel I know what it would be like to do it.
Betty Schaefer
May 10, 2015 Betty Schaefer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wonderful story that brings closure to the riders of the purple sage and also exposes some of the difficulties of hard life in the old west.
Ken Wyne
The sequel to "Riders of the Purple Sage," is not quite as well written as the first, but it is a good book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Feb 01, 2015 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage. wonderful books which really give you a flavor of the old west and trials of settling an area. nice romance, too
Aug 24, 2008 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: western readers; those who enjoy the Southwest
Shelves: general-fiction
A worthy successor to Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage. You get to find out what happened to Jane, Lassiter and little Fay, but you also get a whole new story of John Shepherd, a young man looking for his own calling and new meaning to his life, pinning his quest on a strange story he's heard.

A lot of the book is really his internal journey, set against the phenomenal natural backdrop of the southwest as only Zane Grey can paint it. The dramatic "escape" journey--including a raft journey throug
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Pearl Zane Grey was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the rugged Old West. As of June 2007, the Internet Movie Database credits Grey with 110 films, one TV episode, and a series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater based loosely on his novels and short stories.
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