The Leaning Pile of Books is a feature where I talk about books I got over the last week – old or new, bought or received for review consideration (often unsolicited). Since I hope you will find new books you’re interested in reading in these posts, I try to be as informative as possible. If I can find them, links to excerpts, author’s websites, and places where you can find more information on the book are included.

Before I get to this week’s featured book, here’s what happened last week in case you missed it.

Last week, I did some catching up with some mini reviews: one on fairy tales and one for other books I that I hadn’t reviewed yet. I also finished reading Defiant by Karina Sumner-Smith last week and am now working on a review of it.

Now, this week’s featured book!

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson

This first book in a new trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson will be released on September 22 (hardcover, ebook, audiobook). An excerpt from Walk on Earth a Stranger can be read on Epic Reads.

I’ve been wanting to read the first book in Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, for awhile now, and I’ve heard that this book is excellent as well. I’ve wanted to read them both even more since reading an interview she did as a Guest of Honor at this year’s Sirens Conference (which sounds incredible and will be held in Denver, Colorado, in October).


Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.

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