March 5, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg
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*Published January 26, 2018*
This book stood out to me because I’ve read her previous books, The Paper Magician series. This one has nothing to do with that series, but it had an interesting premise so I figured I would give it a try.
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.
I think what I enjoyed most about this book was that it was historical fantasy in time period that I haven’t seen much historical fantasy: when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had moved to Utah to set up Church Headquarters. That really intrigued me once I figured out that was what was going on, as that is part of my own history as a member of the Church.
What I also loved was that the main form of magic could be something that was believable. There was use of gold, hence the name, use of crickets and seagulls as familiars which are now native to the region of the Salt Lake Valley, and overall it was just a good book. I almost wish there was more, but at the same time I’m glad it stopped where it did because it was a good stopping point for it. It felt like it came to it’s cyclical end.
What do you think of historical fiction that takes place in areas you are intimately familiar with? Is it good or does it weird you out? Comment below and let me know!