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Magic Meets Orgeon Trail| Book Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger is a historical fantasy book you’re going to want to read!

Book Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

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Title & Author: Walk on Earth a Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy) by Rae Carson

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Release Date: September 22, 2015

Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy #1

Publisher: HarperCollins

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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.

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?”

Magic Meets The Orgeon Trail

I read Carson’s entire Girl of Fire and Thorns series and knew it was love at first read.

Going into Walk on Earth a Stranger was tough because I had so many expectations. I’m happy to report they were ALL met and then some.

This is truly a journey story – both literally and figuratively. Lee Westfall has the uncanny ability to sense magic during the Gold Rush-era in her home state of Georgia. Her ability has unknowingly brought tragedy to her door, and she’s forced to make her way to California for safety…and hope.

By the end of the book, Lee has been challenged and stretched and knows herself and has purpose. I found her relatable and likable and was happy to follow Lee on her way.

What I loved best was the bravery and camaraderie in the story. There’s a rough and tumble group of misfits, and how they all engage and come together (and fall apart) kept me turning the pages.

That’s something to note, as well – while Walk on Earth a Stranger has plenty of fighting and fleeing and suspense, there are more quiet moments that involve internal thoughts and slower bits of the journey.

The book does NOT need non-stop action – the slow and steady build up of adventures hit just the right chord.

I’m a huge of best friend relationships, and Lee and Jefferson are the cutest. #OTPfosho

Let’s not forget the HISTORY of this book. It’s clear that while there is magic incorporated in the story, Walk on Earth a Stranger is rooted in the fervor and frenzy of the Gold Rush during this time in America.

I loved seeing glimpses of what life must have been like – and even the real life Oregon Trail! Dysentery FTW.

Rae Carson knows how to write epic fantasy better than anyone. I liked this new type of book and want MORE magic and MORE romance and MORE everything. Praise the Lord for sequels.


I can’t wait for you to read this book. Because I want to chat with you about so many things! And, you really must read Walk on Earth a Stranger for its historical fantasy-ness and glorious magic and heart-warming camaraderie.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Beth

    It looks so good!!!

  • Rebecca

    I’m beyond excited for this book! Your review makes me so happy!

  • Stacy Schnettler

    So excited for this series!