Published: October 10th 2017 by Greenwillow Books
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: Hardcover, 343
The stunning conclusion to Rae Carson’s New York Times–bestselling Gold Seer trilogy, which Publishers Weekly in a starred review called “Simply terrific.” A historical fantasy brimming with magic, romance, and adventure—perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah Maas, and Westworld.
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. Includes a map and an author’s note.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book because there was not much from the last book to lead me in this what was going to happen in this one. I was disappointed when in the beginning I realized that the whole book was going to take place in a city that is being built from boats and stolen money. I was really hoping to see more of Glory, the town that Lee and her friends established. But they have to get a town charter from a man that obviously doesn’t want to help them, which leads them to San Francisco
Becky wants her house back, Lee wants the charter, The Major wants to marry Becky, and Jefferson and Lee want to marry each other. There was a lot that needed to happen in this book for the series to be rounded off. I had mixed feelings about the events of this book, most of it I felt could have been written better but now, a few weeks after I listened to it, I feel more indifferent about it than anything.
One thing I don’t feel indifferent about is some of the characters. Most of the characters, almost every single one but Lee, was underdeveloped. The supporting characters had a lot of potential to be so much more interesting. Rae Carson just scraped the surface on a lot of these characters who had deeper thoughts and memories and important future decisions to make. They were glossed over in a way that was almost criminal. There was so much to this book that could have been more.
The overall plot left a little to be desired, but I was pleasantly surprised a few times. I actually almost stopped listening towards the end of the book because of an event I was sure was going to happen, but the outcome was much, much, different than I expected and that in itself made me continue reading. There was also the fact that they converted a boat, yes, a boat, into a house that they could live in for the time that they stayed. It was an interesting aspect to the story, and an important one.
And the end, when everything came together, was also wonderful to listen to. Things did come together nicely and I was impressed by how smooth it all seemed to fit together. I also like the amount of extra that was given at the end. It was enough to finish off the series, but not so much that I was waiting for the book to finally end.
Looking past all the flaws in the main plot, and the fact that some characters could have been developed so much better, this was a good book overall and I did enjoy listening to it.