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Into the Bright Unknown: Gold Seer Trilogy, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Exciting series finale in lawless 1850 San Francisco.

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While it's not as nail-biting as the other two fantasy-laced Westerns in the trilogy, this 1850 San Francisco-set finale intrigues with its call for justice in a world of greed and lawlessness. Strong and self-assured Lee is always worth rooting for, but more so here when she feels compelled to protect those who can't protect themselves. That drive for fair treatment in lawless times will resonate with many modern-day readers and young activists.

Lee isn't the only hero here. Diverse characters take control of their own lives. Mary, a Chinese woman and former prostitute, finds her strength. Jim, a free black man, fights for another man's freedom. Becky, a widow told she can't claim her property without her husband's signature, fights for what's hers. These characters fight for their own piece of justice, their own rights, while contributing to the wider story. As these individual stories are woven into the tale, some forward momentum is lost, but Into the Bright Unknown pulls together well into an exciting final act.

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