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Like a River Glorious

(The Gold Seer Trilogy #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  7,333 ratings  ·  977 reviews
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.

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Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Greenwillow
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Emily May
A decent sequel, even if it is marred by uneven pacing and some problematic misrepresentation of North American history.

With an equally beautiful cover and intriguing title, Like a River Glorious picks up where the last book left off. Leah Westfall, Jefferson, and accompanying crew have reached California and set about gold digging on a new piece of land. It's the California Gold Rush and they have the biggest advantage ever - Leah can magically sense the presence of gold. Good times.

However, Le
Trina (Between Chapters)
Content warnings: Familial violence. Violence, racism, and slavery of Chinese and Native American people is present due to the time period and is difficult to read.

I did mostly enjoy this and will finish out the trilogy. I really enjoyed the audiobook.

I am not a history scholar, nor part of any of the marginalized groups portrayed in this book so I cannot speak fully on the representation, but I will say that I wondered if this played into the white savior trope. We're told the story through a w

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Bad men are never all bad, and good men are never all good, and it makes it hard to know up from down.

The thing with Like a River Glorious is that it's weaker than its predecessor. Simply like that. When I first read Walk on Earth a Stranger, it felt like I've found a gem of a book. Authentic historical settings, flawless language fitting the era, likable characters and Wild West adventures. What more could a girl dream of in a book? So, it was obvious I'd want the simila

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
It was okay. Had a great ending. I might do a full review later. I just don't know and it doesn't really matter.

Book cover is awesome!
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“The truth is I’ve got witchy powers that lead me to gold as sure as the west leads the sun.”

This was an interesting sequel, and Leah finally got to put her gold-finding powers to good use!

Leah was a strong character in this, and she tried really hard to be honest with people, and to keep them from danger in whatever way she could. It was unfortunate that she onc
I'm not normally a fan of westerns, but I do adore Rae's words, so I was definitely going to continue this series.

I've liked Leah from the start. She's smart and strong and not afraid to stick up for herself. The cast of characters who have joined her on this crazy adventure is just as awesome as she is.

As always, I didn't bother doing a reread of the first book because I was excited to start. Thankfully it was easy to settle right into what was going on. The plot is a bit of a slow burn, but th
“Gold conjures up a mist about a man, more destructive of all his old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal.”

----Charles Dickens

Rae Carson, the New York Times best selling author, is back with the most awaited sequel of her young adult fantasy trilogy, The Gold Seer Trilogy called, Like a River Glorious. After the first book's major cliffhanger, the readers were frantically looking forward to this book, to learn about the edgy journey filled with tons of challenges fo
Though Like a River Glorious was definitely enjoyable - Rae Carson is a wonderfully descriptive, gifted writer - I definitely preferred the first book. At first I was certain I was going to love this, as the beginning was very thrilling - but as it went on, the plot sadly became scattered and messagey.

Carson does a great job at the historical part of this series; within the first few pages I was transported back into the 1800s, into a time of rough cowboys and claim jumpers, a time when people w
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I need book three right now! I cannot wait to go pick it up this week. I was not expecting to be as enthralled as I am with this series. It is fascinating. I have seen reviews where a problem seems to be the inaccuracy on American History but that doesn't bother me because honestly I do not go looking for accurate facts in a fiction book. Authors take creative liberties in fiction. If I wanted to make sure I am getting facts on the Gold Rush of California I will go read The Age of Gold: The ...more
Jul 14, 2015 marked it as to-read
Another amazingly beautiful cover reveal. Thanks Epic Reads.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I have a special fondness for stories of the Californian Gold Rush and this was a very well done one. We definitely see a bit more of Leah’s ‘witchiness’ as she calls it, but this is essentially an excellent work of historical fiction. Hiram Westfall makes the perfect villain! If you enjoyed the first in the series (and I know some were disappointed by the lack of fantasy elements), then you’ll love this too.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
Like a River Glorious, Rae Carson’s fifth novel and the second book in her Gold Seer trilogy, cements her status as one of the best, most reliable authors of YA fiction. Her long string of literary successes without a single glitch shows us that we can indeed trust an author to always deliver and constantly stay at the top of her game.

Walk on Earth a Stranger left Lee and her friends finally in California, trying to find a good settlement and put down roots. The losses they’d suffered a
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
4.5 stars

Intense, exciting, and downright brutal at times, this was a page-turning follow-up to Walk on Earth a Stranger. The story picks up right where the last book left off, but just because the group has arrived in California, doesn't mean their troubles are over. They have to deal with claim-jumpers, overly curious neighbours, and of course, Leah's wretched uncle Hiram.

The book doesn't pull any punches about how horribly the Native Americans of California were treated during this period. I'
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, historical

Like a River Glorious is pleasant read and great sequel to amazing first book - Walk on Earth a Stranger. Once again, Rae Carson transported me right into the 19th century California Gold Rush era and provided engaging and believable YA historical novel. Smart and realistic characters in this series make such a nice change from all those annoying teenage characters that are so very often present in YA literature. And for that I am incredibly thankful to Mrs. Carson.

My favorite part of this novel
Oh man.

THIS IS JUST SO BEAUTIFUL. I keep looking at it over and over....
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I was super excited to read this sequel to Walk on Earth a Stranger, and not least because the first book was one of my favorite Young Adult reads of last year. Knowing how rare it is for a series to strike gold twice though (pun intended) I wasn’t surprised to find that I didn’t find Like A River Glorious quite as earth-shattering as its predecessor, but it was still an excellent sequel and a fun YA fantasy western.

At the
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I still don't appreciate the romance in this but the story is remarkable and interesting. ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Wow! Like a River Glorious was simply put … glorious! I’m in complete awe of what Rae Carson has crafted with this series. If you thought Walk on Earth a Stranger was a good story, wait until you pick up this sequel that surpassed every monumental expectation that I have. It’s official, I’m obsessed with this series.

Leah Westfall is probably the fiercest and most badass character I have ever come across in a YA series. And I’m not saying just physically. It was clear from the first book that Lea
Like a River Glorious is the second installment in Rae Carson's mildly magical, historical fiction series titled The Gold Seer Trilogy. Although this ongoing story feels like a refreshing addition to the young-adult genre due to its originality and gold-rush setting, it's not as engaging as I hoped it would be. This may be an expectation issue on my part as the storyline focuses primarily on group dynamics versus the magical element, and based on her previous work, I was expecting more of a bala ...more
Christy (TheReaderBee)

Reread in October 2017

Like a River Glorious is definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. I read Walk on Earth a Stranger last year, and really, really enjoyed the unique and captivating story, and I was dying to know what was going to happen next for Leah and her crew. This sequel was great, and I'm thrilled to add it to my collection!

Leah has been a character that I have loved since I first met her in Walk on Earth a Stranger. She's such a strong, well written you
Danielle (Love at First Page)

4.5-5 stars

I have SO much love for this series. And for Jefferson (OMG SWOON). And especially for Leah. It will be a long wait for the last book!
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
Robin (Bridge Four)
Now that Leah and company have made it out West to the land of gold and opportunity everything should be easy, right? Well not really, first you have to find some good land with gold on it. Not too hard with Leah on your side since she is a witchy girl and can sense gold. Next you just have to figure out how to keep said land from claim jumpers. Not as easy, as California is a place with few laws and many unscrupulous men.
“Bad men are never all bad, and good men are never all good, and
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Rae Carson is one of my favorite authors for the amazingness that is Girl of Fire and Thorns, which still holds the spot as the best YA Fantasy I’ve ever read. The Goldseer series, so far, has many of the same attributes that set GOFT above the rest:

◾Strong heroines who are endearingly atypical and always feel like real people.
◾Beautiful, immersive writing that will totally transport you.
◾Enough magic to drive the plot without being the sole focus.
◾Gut-wrenching moments that will Tear. Out. Your
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ah! Glorious!

Carson is doing a wonderful job of bringing the Gold Rush to life. The details are amazing, and it's the perfect combination of fact and fiction and magic.

Now in California to stake their claims, Leah Westfall and her friends encounter claim jumpers, the enslavement of the local Native Americans as well as the Chinese, and the continued threat from her uncle. You can see and smell and even taste Lee's world in this book, and I loved it. I can't wait for the next one!
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Ok so I may be biased because this book is set in my hometown and around where I live but I think this is better than the first book! I loved the Oregon Trail of book 1 but I LOVED seeing Sacramento and the area around it front and center in a book! I plan on doing a photo trip of the places in this one!!!
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm really getting into the western theme!!! More please:) ...more
7.5 out of 10

An interesting second installment with fascinating twists and a great cast of characters
Frankie Lovely
3 stars?

Review to come
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Gold Seer trilogy. The third and final one is due out this year. I liked the first one. The setting, the characters, and the premise all came together and it worked for me. Usually in YA fantasy/historical books, I sometimes find they loose steam. While this book is similar in theme to the first one, the characters were still able to carry the story. I also enjoy reading about this particular time period. The descriptions of this time and the speech added interest ...more
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Rae Carson was born in 1973 in California and now lives in Arizona. She developed an enthusiasm for storytelling in her earliest childhood. She studied social sciences and worked in various industries after graduating from university before she realized her dream and became a writer. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is her debut novel.

In her own words, she "write[s] books about teens who must do brave

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The Gold Seer Trilogy (3 books)
  • Walk on Earth a Stranger  (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)
  • Into the Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #3)

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“We’re tying off string at the edge of Hampton’s claim when I notice Jefferson staring at me. “You don’t have to watch my eyes,” I grumble. “When I sense gold, I’ll tell you straight.”

“That’s not why I’m looking,” he replies, and Hampton fails to keep the grin from his face.”
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