Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg

Veins of Gold

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 ...

Details Veins of Gold

TitleVeins of Gold
Release DateJul 17th, 2018
PublisherMirror Press
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Magic, Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews Veins of Gold

  • Katie W
    This story is not what I was expecting at all. With a slightly depressing beginning, Gentry and her siblings, Rooster and Pearl, are trying to survive after their father leaves for the gold rush. In a wonderful and shocking mix of rich Western history, romance, and magic, the book really comes alive and captivated me from then on out.The desperation rolls off of the pages through Gentry's character, as her family's struggles were realistic. I lov...
  • M R
    As someone from Utah, it was great to see the rich history of the place depicted without so many of the negative stereotypes associated with the wild west. Charlie Holmberg paints an accurate picture of the hard circumstances many early settlers in the area faced while weaving in a magic system that fit the wild feel of the area. As a fan of Miyazaki's films, I enjoyed the weird bird transformation magic and the shapeless beings that inhabited th...
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    This is the first book I've read by the author, and I didn't really know what to expect, other than she had great reviews from reader friends and authors. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of writing, and was easily drawn into the story and its characters. I always enjoy a western setting, and the addition of the paranormal/magic element made it exciting and new, with lots of unknowns. It was a nice balance of 1800's reality and imaginati...
  • Ali Jones
    Charlie has outdone herself again! I feel like each book is better than the last! I love reading but rarely have the time anymore and it can take weeks for me to finish a book... Not this time! I couldn't put this down and finished it in 2 days!I love the era this was written in and the hidden magic in the real world. The main character Gentry is strong and smart and has to make tough decisions. At one point I was almost crying! This book is defi...
  • Heather
    I love the relationship between Gentry and Winn. Set in historical Utah, the author brings out clever details about the terrain, creating an intricate magic system based on the earth's minerals. VEINS OF GOLD is a fun, adventurous read with plenty of romance and mystery sprinkled in.
  • Mara
    This is my first book by this author and although I read the book description, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I'm not sure what genre this one falls into because it's set in Utah during the California gold rush, but it has magical/fantasy elements to it, in addition to romance--maybe historical fantasy romance?Gentry Abrams, and her younger siblings Rooster and Pearl, are left by their father to survive on their own, while he goes to Califor...
  • Cerena
    As someone who grew up in the place where this book was set, and having been raised in the lands of what once was the wild west, reading this book felt a little like coming home. I grew up on stories about real life pioneers, settlers, and cowboys, so reading a story as elegantly told as this one was an adventure I didn't know I was ready for. I loved Veins of Gold. It's a story about the struggle to survive and learning to trust. It's a story ab...
  • Julie Carpenter
    Let me start by saying that I have been watching Charlie Holmberg's books come out for years. I've had them on my list but haven't read any. I read a lot of books, many are books that are review books. So in my desire to read her books, I unfortunately hadn't. Until this book. I was so excited to get a copy for review. This book was not anything like what I was expecting. Honestly, I don't know what I was expecting but I was very pleasantly surpr...
  • Rhonda
    I found this book to be incredibly unique and I couldn’t put it down. I’ve never read of a Magic like the kind that lived in this tale. I was so intrigued by Winn and wanted to know more about him and the magic that he knew.Gentry was fascinating as well. She was incredibly selfless and took it upon herself to care for her siblings with little to no help from anyone else. She wouldn’t trust others, and wouldn’t trust herself. And that led...
  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    This book incorporated so many interesting dynamics. It was a little bit history- set during the time of the California gold rush but the characters were in Utah. It was also magical, which twisted the story around and made it far from a historical novel. I loved the earthy feel that weaved itself into everything and everyone. The land, animals and people were all connected and it was cool. The author took something that I'm familiar with and tur...
  • Siobhán
    I really liked "Veins of Gold" for its mix of genres. It is set in Utah in the middle of the 19th century, however, I would rather describe it as a fairy tale / fantasy novel. Especially the beginning reminded me of fairy tales. I also enjoyed how characters where presented and I would love to know how they'll fare in the future: Gentry is a very loveable character and the magic presented in their world is quite different to what one is used to. ...
  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    I am impressed. Charlie N. Holmberg has combined genres and created a wonderful book. This book contains some historical elements mixed with magic. She seamlessly brought them together to create a story that had a great feel to it.One part that I particularly appreciated is that she made the earth a living entity. When you take away from part of the earth, balance needs to be restored in order to keep harmony. She also brought to life creatures t...
  • Lorraine Gwilliam
    This book is set in an alternative version of the early days of Utah's history with many places and stories that were familiar to me. I loved the way Ms Holmberg added magic to that history. Gentry and Winn were complex but united in caring for the people around them and it was great to see the chemistry between them. Gentry's brother and sister were great supportive characters as was the magic.I loved this story and the way it made magic seem po...
  • Courtney
    Veins of Gold is the first novel I have read by this author. The book is set in Utah during the gold rush of the 1850’s. I would describe this novel as a historical fantasy (a new concept for me), as it contains an enjoyable blend of history and magic. I was surprised (in a good way) by the way the author has used magic in her world, or rather more accurately, ascribed magic to the natural world. Her description of magic and the way in which th...
  • Melissa
    I was really intrigued by this book. It has such a mix of elements that I was drawn by. Magic, the west, The Mormon pioneers, gold rush and romance. I thought that would be an amazing combination. This is a story about Gentry a woman who still feels like a girl. She has had some tough life events and is shell shocked by it all. This is a well written story revolving around her and falling in love and discovering magic. My biggest problem with the...
  • Laura Paulsen
    I love Charlie N. Holmbergs style of alternate historical fiction. (Is that a genre? Historical fiction in our history, just in an alternate universe or something?). I was sucked in from the beginning. The writing brings the book to life, while creating new worlds. Don't start this book when you have plans in the next few hours- you'll be sorry when you have to put it down and go do something else. But definitely read this one!
  • Ashley
    I quite enjoyed this book. Charlie is very good at creating unique features in her stories. You never feel like you’ve read this before. This story is endearing and you immediately believe in the magic present. This is a two thumbs up!
  • Karlene Browning
    I’ve read all of Charlie N. Holmberg’s books. She is a captivating writer with a wonderful imagination. While Veins of Gold is not my favorite of her books, it’s still a very good read.The bad news first: The one thing that bothered me about this story is that there wasn’t quite enough of it. I would have loved to see more depth in all of the areas—more magic and more explanation of what and why; more romance and depth to the relationsh...
  • Evangeline
    I received an ARC in a giveaway hosted by Erin Summerill.This book. The magic system. These characters.I loved everything about this book and I really don’t have any complaints at all. I could not put it down and finished it in less than a day.Gentry’s struggle to keep her family alive was so tragic and beautiful to read about. Her fierce love for them was so inspiring and really paints a picture for what women had to do for their families in...
  • Sheila
    This novel has such a wonderful combination of magic, romance, and Utah history. Gentry and her younger siblings Rooster and Pearl,are left on their own after their mother's death and their father leaves for the hills of California to join the Gold Rush. Poverty and hunger overcomes the family when a magical man, Winn, comes to their rescue. Not only does Winn become a romantic prospect for Gentry, but he also teaches Gentry about the magic he do...
  • Mindy
    I absolutely love Charlie's books. I was so excited to read Veins of Gold and it was an excellent read. Gentry is a wonderful caretaker to her siblings and is faced with a lot once her father leaves for the gold rush and takes on the stresses that come with caring for a family on her own. Gentry keeps having strange encounters with wild magic and is thrown into that world. I really liked Gentry's character. She is faced with some tough choices. P...
  • Sue
    I'm not exactly sure what to say about this book because I'm not exactly sure what it was.... To begin with we have the earth in rebellion because of all of the gold being removed because of the new mines and this "magic man" hits the scene who somehow knows how to use gold to pay for the use of magic and "restore balance" (somehow?). Mind you the area we're talking about is hundreds of miles from the epicenter of the gold rush so why would the a...
  • Lorieah
    I was a little confused by this book at first. Mormon/pioneer history mixed with magic, romance, and...the Gold Rush? But I was quickly engaged and couldn't put it down until I finished. Well written, a little heart-breaking, and an interesting twist on some well-known stories made this a fun and interesting read.I received this book in exchange for an honest review, and I would gladly read another book by this author.
  • Julie
    This was an interesting look into the gold mining era. I liked the magic aspect of the book and how it played a part in the love story as well. Good clean romance with a bit of magic.
  • Daphne
    Overall impression: A vividly imagined historical fantasy set during the great gold rush, Veins of Gold serves up a swoon-worthy love interest, a determined heroine, and lots of magical adventure.Perfect for: – readers who love fantasy mixed with romance – readers who enjoy fantastical magic – readers who enjoy alternate historical fantasiesCharlie Holmberg is one of my auto-buy authors for a reason: I can always count on a fun read with an...
  • Julie Pullman
    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It’s slower paced and less intense than most of the books I choose to read, but I enjoyed the characters and the setting. It’s set in rural Utah in the 1840’s (hah, all of Utah was rural then!) and part of my enjoyment came from reading a magical YA book set in the settler era. The Magic was unique (as all Holmberg magic is) and the relationships were sweet. I’m not sure what I expected when I picked thi...
  • Theo
    Charlie N. Holmberg is one of the more interesting authors I have read. I never know what to think when I start one of her books. I read “The Plastic Magician” and “The fifth Doll” earlier this year, both very different from this book. If you are looking for something different with a love story, this book is for you. Holmberg weaves a great tail with a little history of what it might have been like to live as an early setter to the deser...
  • Shash
    I feel like I should have liked this book more than I did. The magic of the earth and its’ relationship with the gold rush was interesting. The characters were good. The struggles of Gentry and her siblings were intense. I just couldn’t get into the book, though. There were parts that were better than others and drew me in some, but I never really connected with this book.I received a complimentary copy of the book, which I voluntarily review...
  • Maria Christine
    Color me surprised!This book is more than a love story. The romance is sweet and swoony and I like Winn & Gentry's relationship. I like how it developed. If you come to think about it, this book is loaded with metaphors. There is a lot of lessons you can learn from this book and that's a good think because it's not only about love it's also about family and the world around us.
  • Kayla Tornello
    This book was refreshingly different. I liked the setting in Utah during the gold rush era. The story really showed how hard life was for the settlers back then. I also liked how the author chose to represent magic in the story. The characters are all realistic, flaws and all. I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Yay!