Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Book Description: Desperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold . . . and a love for the man who wields it.
Abandoned by their father for the gold rush, Gentry and her siblings labor to survive alone in the inhospitable west. When bizarre natural disasters begin wreaking havoc on the land, Gentry discovers a world of magic. Desperate for help, she accepts aid from a mysterious stranger.
Winn not only sees the magic, but controls its hunger by feeding it gold—the very thing Gentry’s father left to acquire. But the earth’s unrest only grows worse, and Gentry’s fear leads her to a terrible choice: marry a wealthy man she does not love, or trust in Winn’s unpredictable power to save her family.
My thoughts: I am impressed. Charlie N. Holmberg has combined genres and created a wonderful book. This book contains some historical elements mixed with magic. She seamlessly brought them together to create a story that had a great feel to it.
One part that I particularly appreciated is that she made the earth a living entity. When you take away from part of the earth, balance needs to be restored in order to keep harmony. She also brought to life creatures that we normally dismiss. Even the locust has thoughts and can act. To me that was really cool, I loved it.
My favorite part was actually Gentry. She is a resilient young woman who had to grow up and take on responsibilities that she should have to worry about at a young age. I can't imagine living in a remote region during the pioneer times trying to feed and clothe a younger brother and sister with little to no resources. She is resilient. She was willing to give up the things that are important to her in order to take care of her family. She had friends who tried to help her see that it is OK to ask for help. We all need each other and that is why we are placed here, to help others in times of need.
The romance is sweet. Winn was the perfect romantic interest for her. He helped her see the beauty of the earth and all he asked is that she trust him. That is a hard one for someone who thinks that she has to do everything herself.
This is a great book for teens on up. It is clean and magical. I felt that there was a little bit of a sad tone to the book, but it all works out in the end.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. Her fantasy Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Her stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance, and her novel The Fifth Doll won the 2018 Whitney for Speculative Fiction. She is a board member for Deep Magic Ezine and currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at www.charlienholmberg.com.
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