“Into The Bright Unknown” (Gold Seer #3) by Rae Carson (2017)
Genre: YA, Fiction, Historical, Fantasy
Page Length: 343 pages (hardcover edition)
Leah Westfall, her fiancé Jefferson, and her friends have become rich in the California Territory, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense precious gold. But their fortune has made them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Lee and her friends decide they’ve had enough—they will fight back with all their power and talents. Lee’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter the California landscape forever. With a distinctive young heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure, bringing the Gold Seer Trilogy to its epic conclusion. (description from Goodreads)
I have been anticipating the release of the final Gold Seer Trilogy book for a while. It’s such an engrossing series filled with history. In the third book Leah and friends have settled in Glory only to find that trouble has followed them once again. Old enemies appear to give Leah trouble connected to her uncle and his henchman Frank Dilley.
I think that this series paints an accurate portrait of the Gold Rush era. It was a time of hard living, gold seekers, and the inequality. The story is set in San Francisco which is a new setting different from the previous books. It’s a bustling city full of opportunities, but is full of thieves looking to get rich from gold. Carson has shown that she has definitely done her research carefully throughout this whole series. Few of the characters are based off of real historical figures, past events are mentioned and it offers a variety of perspectives of women, people of color, and men’s roles in that era.
Leah finds wonder in her powers as they continue to grow and she learns how to control them even more. She also feels conflicted about them since they drew unwanted attention and it caused so many troubles for her. Leah and Jefferson’s relationship is finally solidified and they are engaged. I liked how they went from good friends to more show they truly care for one another, trust is there, and they make a cute couple.
Its also been interesting to see how the characters have grown throughout this series. Each person has gone through so many obstacles but majority of the crew has managed to stick together and become great friends. The trilogy kept a consistent flow throughout each book and I always enjoyed reading the story.I enjoyed the characters and I felt like their own stories and the plot came to a nice close.
This has been a great historical fiction series and I hope Carson write more books in this genre in the future!