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Publisher's Summary

Desperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold...and a love for the man who wields it.  
Abandoned by their father for the gold rush, Gentry and her siblings labor to survive alone in the inhospitable West. When bizarre natural disasters begin wreaking havoc on the land, Gentry discovers a world of magic. Desperate for help, she accepts aid from a mysterious stranger.  
Winn not only sees the magic, but controls its hunger by feeding it gold - the very thing Gentry's father left to acquire. But the earth's unrest only grows worse, and Gentry's fear leads her to a terrible choice: marry a wealthy man she does not love or trust in Winn's unpredictable power to save her family.
©2018 Charlie N. Holmberg (P)2018 Tantor
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2 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 07-30-18

Poor world building and character development

Her last few (non paper magician series) books have been very confusing to me. I really loved Followed by Frost and Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet. They were well developed worlds and I liked/could relate to the characters. This book confused me. Not enough world building. I don’t know why I was supposed to care about these characters or what was supposed to happen in this world. I guess there was supposed to be an underlying message about the greed of man destroying the world. But that really only works if you care about the world in this story. Which I didn’t.

I’m really disappointing that the main character turns to marriage to a man to fix her problems. Doesn’t seem like the great family sacrifice it’s probably supposed to be. It seems like a tired trope. Yes, this is a period piece so you could argue she is following conventions. But, um, there’s freaking magic so why not push the boundaries more with the main character instead of giving her this “woe is me, I need a man to save me” mentality.

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