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Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.
Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend - who might want to be something more.
She also has a secret.
Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.
When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California - where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.
The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.
©2015 Rae Carson (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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By elenne on 10-11-15

Better than expected

I hesitated on spending my credit . A girl disguised as a boy and the western theme is not a story I would normally want to read. But I loved Rae Carson Fire and Thorns series so I had to give this a try. Wow, Rae Carson does it again! Well written, with another strong and likeable heroine. The detail and vivid description made the story so real. Who knew wagons traveling to California could be so interesting. Once I started listening, I could not stop. Engaging story and one of the best narration I''ve heard. Great start to a series, book #2 is going to be even better.

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By Anna on 09-09-16

Great story, beautifully narrated

Loved this pioneer story with a supernatural twist. It was just enough western for me and man, can Rae Carson tell a story. The narrator is excellent: perfect fit for the main character and does the different voices convincingly, without jarring you out of the story. I don't think it could have been read better. Looking forward to book 2!

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