Hello fellow book nerds! If you know me then you know how much I love Charlie N. Holmberg! Her books are amazing and create such a great environment. I always recommend her books – just do yourself the favor and read them! So I am truly thrilled and honor to be apart of this blog tour for Veins of Gold.
During the blog tour there is an amazing giveaway also so don’t forget to go enter! Check out after the review for more information about Charlie and where you can buy this book. I hope you all enjoy!
Have you read this yet? What’s your favorite Holmberg book? Happy Reading!
Veins of Gold
Charlie N. Holmberg
5 out of 5 stars
Taken from Goodreads
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.
If you are expecting a classic Holmberg book full of magic and adventure, then you’d be wrong. Charlie takes on a new approach to writing in Veins of Gold. While I have come to expect amazing stories from her, I can tell you that this is just as amazing as all of her other books. I loved the writing in this book and the different style. Veins of Gold takes place during the gold rush in Utah. The book really makes the reader imagine how the world was back then. Taking a real life situation and adding her touch of magic was nothing but genius. I found myself wondering when magic was going to prevalent in this story but it wasn’t. The magic in this story is more of a second thought and I enjoyed it. I was more focused on Gentry and her problems, thinking about the magic second. This is tough to do in fantasy novels because we expect it. Holmberg’s magic in Veins of Gold just enhances the story. I believe only Holmberg could have come up with such a unique telling. It was exciting to see how she brought fantasy into this real history and how it intertwines. This was just a cute and satisfying read. I found the pace to be perfect and found myself flying through this story.
Once again, Holmberg creates the perfect characters. Gentry is such a strong character and wants to provide for her family. I loved her loyalty and her willingness to put herself aside so she can make sure her sister and brother are well taken care of. I think my favorite part is the dynamic between them all. Even though Gentry takes on most of the burden, they always do what they can to make each other laugh and feel loved. This was so heartwarming and refreshing to see in a novel. It truly made me root for them and want nothing but happiness for all. Winn’s character was charming as ever. He had this innocence to him even though he is continually traveling. Each character blended so well with each other and the story. I can truly imagine them in this rich history.
Overall, Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg was such an amazing read. I found myself flying through this book because of the perfect pace she created. The introduction of magic into this well known history created the unique story Holmberg is known for. I really loved each character and they were made for this world. I highly recommend this story for those who love historical fantasy.
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 lives with her family in Utah.
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