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(Note: While this review will not contain spoilers for Like a River Glorious, it might inadvertently reveal plot surprises from its predecessor, Walk on Earth a Stranger. As always, I recommend reading books in a series in order.)
After a perilous journey across the United States, 16-year-old Leah "Lee" Westfall is glad to be rooted in one place again. She and her small band of friends have chosen to settle in a spot that keeps Lee's gold sense buzzing. There's plenty of precious ore to be had in California; if she's careful to conceal her mystical prospecting methods, she can keep nosy miners away from her treasure-filled mountains. Of course, her nefarious Uncle Hiram hasn't stopped hunting her. And "luck" as good as Lee's can't really be kept secret. It's not long before strangers come sniffing around, eager to get their hands on her prize.
Naturally, Hiram catches wind of his niece's success. Desperate to use her special skills to his advantage, he kidnaps Lee and Jefferson, imprisoning them both at his sprawling camp. Lee will do anything to keep her friends safe, even witching for her hated uncle. She's escaped Hiram once, she can do it again. All she needs is time to figure out a plan. She doesn't have much in the way of advantages, but there is something Hiram doesn't know—Lee's powers are growing, becoming stronger every day. The gold rush inside of her is so powerful she's not sure she can control it anymore.
With everything that matters to her at stake, can Lee save herself from her uncle's clutches? What will it take for her to be free of him—forever?
Like the first book in Rae Carson's Gold Seer Trilogy, the second—Like a River Glorious—is an action-packed adventure full of danger, daring, and drama. Lee continues to be an admirable heroine, awash in bravery, loyalty, and heart. I don't always love second installments in series, but this one doesn't feel like a filler book. The development of Lee's magic adds significantly to the plot, which already has lots to offer. Like a River Glorious isn't quite as good as Walk on Earth a Stranger—still, I enjoyed it. A lot. The final book in the trilogy comes out later this year and I can't wait to see what happens next in this excellent series.
(Readalikes: Walk on Earth a Stranger and Into the Bright Unknown [available October 2017] by Rae Carson; also reminds me of Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee and Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman)
If this were a movie, it would be rated:
for brief, mild language (no F-bombs), violence, blood/gore, and vague references to prostitution