The Gold Seer Trilogy

Walk on Earth a Stranger, Gold Seer Trilogy #1, by Rae Carson
Coming in September 2015, the first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

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? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

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.

The Fire and Thorns Trilogy

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“Elisa is a wonderful, believable hero.”
— Tamora Pierce, author of New York Times bestseller BLOODHOUND

The Girl of Fire and Thorns


Book 1
Fall 2011

The Crown of Embers


Book 2
Fall 2012

The Bitter Kingdom


Book 3
Fall 2013

Once every century, one person is chosen for greatness. But the prophecy is vague, and Elisa, always overshadowed by her accomplished older sister, has no idea why she was chosen or how she will fulfill the expectations. Her future is unknown and her potential is tremendous—even if she doesn’t realize it. A king asks her to save his troubled country. A savage enemy hunts her for its own—dead or alive. A revolutionary asks for her heart. And in the midst of ferocious battles and harsh quests, Elisa will find herself. She will find the strength she’s always possessed. She’ll find deep and abiding love. She’ll awaken the power that only she can control. And she’ll face those who want to rip all of it away. Lush, adventurous, and wrenching, THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS is the first in a trilogy for fans of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling and Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories by Rae Carson
Three novellas set within the world of Rae Carson’s epic New York Times‒bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns series are available in print for the first time! Originally published digitally, each story centers around a character vital to Elisa.

Before Hector became commander of the Royal Guard and Elisa’s true love, he was a young new recruit. In The King’s Guard, he must prove himself—and he discovers a secret that he must keep forever.

In The Shadow Cats, discover how Elisa and her older sister’s rivalry looks from Alodia’s point of view, and find out why Alodia agrees to marry her sister off to King Alejandro.

In The Shattered Mountain, find out what happened to Mara before she becomes Elisa’s best friend and handmaiden. When her village is destroyed, she must lead the few young survivors to the safety of a hidden rebel camp.

“Palace intrigues, desert rebellions, kidnappings, forbidden romance, and bloody betrayals, along with not a little time at the banquet table, make THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS a delicious debut, even before Elisa begins to ask meaty questions about the nature of faith and her destiny in a country on the verge of war.”
— Paolo Bacigalupi, Printz Award-winning author of SHIP BREAKER

“I stayed up until 2AM reading this last night. Intense, unique. . . . Definitely recommended.”
— Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author of DIVERGENT

“Rae Carson’s heroine is a perfect blend of the ordinary and the extraordinary. I loved her.”
— Megan Whalen Turner, author of Newbery Honor book, THE THIEF

“I LOVED this book! It’s a transformation story that both teens and adults can believe in. Rae Carson has delivered a unique magical system and built a world with strong series potential.”
— Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestelling author of THE EXILED QUEEN

“Set in intrigue-filled courts, battlefields, and windswept deserts, this riveting fantasy tests its heroine’s limits as she struggles to fulfill a destiny wrapped in an ancient mystery. A breathtaking adventure in a fascinating, richly-drawn world.”
— Leah Cypess, author of MISTWOOD

“I loved Rae Carson’s THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS because it reminded me of my favorite books—Kristin Cashore’s Graceling and Megan Whelan Turner’s The King of Attolia. It is distinctive for its luminous prose, its hint of romance, and Elisa, a strong, smart heroine that readers will truly fall in love with.”
— Sarah Prineas, author of THE MAGIC THIEF

21 Comments on Books

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  2. Fayley Arthur
    January 28, 2018 at 3:11 am (6 years ago)

    It would be great if you could have links to each of your books to where we can buy the ebook. I come to the author’s website only when Amazon doesn’t have your book in a Kindle format to see where I can buy an ebook

  3. Elsie Kay
    February 8, 2018 at 9:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I haven’t read any of them but they look amazing and book tubers have worshiped it so I was hoping you could send me the trilogy. I’d be very grateful.

  4. Dorothy
    March 23, 2018 at 9:51 pm (6 years ago)

    Dear Rae Carson,

    I am loving the Lee Westfall series, you truly did your research about history and wove it well into a Fantasy setting with aesthetics of a Western genre. I wrote earlier stating I’m an artist/musician who has been making book-trailers and I had to confirm that your books about Lee Westfall are next on my list and I will compose good music for a book-trailer to pay tribute to your stories. As my last post showed, I’ve been arranging music themes from movies onto the guitar and mixing that music with popular music.

    So for your books about Lee Westfall, I am studying music from Western movies of the original Magnificent Seven (1960), the remake of True Grit (2010), Quigley Down Under, and music from Disney’s Fantasy that is a Western story using animals Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Then those influences are going to be mixed with popular Country/Folk music.

    Your heroine is one of many book-trailers I’m working on and I’m hoping to have done by late summer with original music of mine. Your character Lee Westfall is a personage that is ranked with these upcoming projects about heroines I love too and I suggest you read because the stories are interesting and give inspiration to writer or musicians like me for my upcoming book-trailers and compositions:
    Red Sonja by Gail Simone which I will arrange the original movie theme onto guitar.
    Rebel Rising by Beth Revis which is tied to the star wars movie Rogue One so I will be arranging music by John Williams onto guitar.

    But until I finish a book-trailer for Lee Westfall books which I will make a good composition of Western scores and Country music, here’s my recent work I created to celebrate Women’s History Month and Women’s Literature by making a book trailer and music for the last comic book series about the Fantasy heroine named Harley Quinn. My book-trailer has my own original composition on guitar to represent Harley Quinn and her story that gives you an idea how I will compose music to represent Lee Westfall and her story but using Western music. This video using Rock music in the style of the band Explosions in the Sky to pay tribute to Harley Quinn:

  5. Frost Childe
    April 3, 2018 at 3:03 am (6 years ago)

    I ran out of books on my list and was struggling to find something that would hold me when I found The Fire and Thorns Trilogy. I was instantly in love! The characters are rich and complex, the story interesting and compelling, everything I want. Best part, there were three! The style and characters reminds me so much of Jacqueline Carey or Anne Bishop, two of my favourite writers so it was one of the best surprises. Loved them; can’t wait to read your other work. <3

  6. Its_me
    April 15, 2018 at 11:54 pm (6 years ago)

    I love your Girl of Fire and Thorns books it’s amazing

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  8. Sandi Taylor
    January 15, 2019 at 7:08 pm (5 years ago)

    Where can I purchase The Girl of fire and Thorn book. Have read first one and The Crown of Embers. Would like to read the rest.

  9. Katie
    January 24, 2019 at 12:46 pm (5 years ago)

    Hello, I just wanted to say that I love to read and have been reading 5-7 books a week for the past 25 years. With so many books passing through my consciousness I rarely take the time to write a note to the authors, but I was so filled with feeling reading your Queen trilogy, I just had to compliment you. Your characters are so compelling and likable, I was sad when the series ended. Great work!

  10. Kynlyn Frayer
    February 17, 2019 at 4:00 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Rae Carson,
    Why in the gold Seer Trilogy did you only make three books it is an amazing series even though i have only read the first two.
    Thank You

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  12. Rose Sullivan Vail
    September 22, 2020 at 9:03 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you for writing about PTSD.
    Even in my 60’s I still work hard to deal with the echos.
    Also, the orange sky from the west coast smoke is something that should be used in a scene in a book. Arizona is a fantasy setting
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