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Like a River Glorious: Gold Seer Trilogy, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Tense Gold Rush tale shows harsh reality of slavery.

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Readers who made the harrowing cross-country wagon trip with Lee in Book 1 may be expecting less drama in Book 2, but this satisfying sequel is full of nail-biting moments. Even before Lee's greedy and corrupt Uncle Hiram enters Like a River Glorious, claim jumpers and Hiram's henchmen are a constant threat.

And then we reach Hiram's camp. The contrast between Glory, California, where Lee's friends settle, and Hiram's Gulch is jarring. Lee's awakening to the injustice of slavery tempers her response to her own pretty serious troubles, making her an even more enviable character. Author Rae Carson lets things get pretty grim at Hiram's Gulch, steeping the story in the harsh reality of the times, but that allows her the room to work toward justice in an even more profound way.

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