Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae CarsonWalk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger

byRae Carson

Paperback | September 6, 2016

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A New York Times bestseller and National Book Award longlist selection

The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times–bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America. Walk on Earth a Stranger begins an epic saga from one of the finest writers of young adult literature.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? 

Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns series, dazzles with the first book in the Gold Seer Trilogy, introducing a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance, as only she can.

Title:Walk on Earth a StrangerFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006224292X

ISBN - 13:9780062242921


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Start to a Series This book tells the amazing story of a young woman trying to survive the journey across America to join in the Gold Rush. Leah is an amazing character who uses her power of sensing gold to gain help of others. Although it is set during the era of the Gold Rush, Carson does not hide away from using diverse characters to enrich the story. Overall, a great start to a series.
Date published: 2018-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating read! This book was more than I could have imagined! I was so engaged with the story and the style of writing. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this. It was a tad bit slow at first, but didn't loose me. The story built nicely.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling Tale Of Young Woman Experiencing The Gold Rush I loved this book. Admittedly, I had very low expectations going in, because I wasn't sure about the concept of the MC's magical abilities in a Wild West setting, but Rae Carson knows how to work magic (pun intended), because this story was one of the best I've read in a while. Carson doesn't shy away from describing the harsher, sometimes gruesome truths of the gold rush - the grueling wagon train journey, the dangers, or natural facts of life (childbirth, for example, or injuries sustained on the road). I was very impressed by this, and grateful that Carson didn't gloss over such things. Leah, the narrator of this story, is even shown to have her natural monthly bleeding, which is something YA authors - for whatever absurd reason - almost never depict. It added so much to the story by way of realism and provided a very real way for female readers to connect with Leah as they read her story. I've been pleasantly surprised by this book, and I'm itching to pick up the next title in this trilogy, Like A River Glorious. Beautifully written, engaging story, and characters I love to hate or felt an instant connection to - this book has very quickly become one of my favorites.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised by how much I loved this book. When I picked up this novel, it was half because of the hype and half because of what it was about. At first, I felt that it rushed through the action a little, which made me feel ripped off, but it wasn't long before the pace not only made sense but was also incredibly fitting. I loved this book, to the point where I was a little angry that I finished it and didn't have the next novel in the series... May have yelled "No!" out loud.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Little Slow I recommend this book. However, be forewarned that the story is slow at first. The compelling characters during the second half of the book redeem the slowness. In addition, the writing style is a little iffy. But if you love compelling characters, and symbolism that reminds you of literature, pick up this book.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ!!! I need more stars! This book has been on my TBR shelf for a looooooong time, so long that I'd forgotten what it was actually about. Still, I dove into it knowing virtually next to nothing, and found myself swept along in a heart-wrenching adventure with characters I've come to see as family. This is without doubt one of my favourite books ever! The story is filled with adventure, treachery, shocks, tension, and drama. I was never bored and could truly feel the peril these poor characters were in. There was a healthy dose of realism to this fantasy book, which made the emotional punches all the heavier and even dragged some tears from me. The characters are wonderful. Lee is a dream heroine, with a strong heart, determination, loyalty, cleverness, and sharp wit. Honestly, ever since I finished this book, I've been telling everyone I know they need to read it. I honestly have no complaints, other than wishing I had time to keep reading non-stop! Do not miss out on this one! A must read!
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong Female Character Wow, this was so good, I absolutely love Leah as the main protagonist. She is such a strong female character, never wanting or expecting a man to do anything for her. I must read all the things Rae Carson has published and will publish new favorite author for sure!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure Gold (See What I Did There?) I really loved this! For a few months there, YA westerns were trending and I couldn't find the time to read them! Luckily the trilogy is finished now, so I won't be worried about future release dates, and can carry on with my series! Great characters and research; I definitely would have wanted to be Lee when I was that age! Carson doesn't romanticize the gold rush, and I had no idea that the San Francisco 49'ers were related to the 1849 'rush! #learning (That has nothing to do with the plot, however. No weird futuristic American football games spontaneously are invented... in this one anyway!) Also, I would add that this is way more historical-fic than fantasy (for the 1st instalment at any rate) which surprised me given the premise, but didn't affect my overall enjoyment in the least. Happy to read on!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read Wasn't expecting very much when I first started this book, but by the end of it, I was completely amazed! Love it! So glad that I gave it a try. Can't wait to read the next book.
Date published: 2016-11-26

Editorial Reviews

“Carson does nice work adding nuance to her side characters, showing minor evolutions that challenge the racism, sexism, and classism deeply rooted in most of the people Leah encounters…Fantasy readers will likely find Leah and her gold-sensing core to be intriguingly different than the usual heroine.”