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

Reviews Veins of Gold

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Julie
    What a fun book! Once I remembered it wasn’t just a historical romance, it was great fun. Adding the fantasy into it was fun and creative! I enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Winn and Gentry. I enjoyed this book a lot!
  • Kathy
    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I am not a huge fan of the fantasy genre but since I live in Utah, the story intrigued me. The first half of the book was very depressing, so many terrible things happened to Gentry and her family. I was just about to put it away and try again later but then the magic began. I loved Gentry’s struggle between responsibility and passion. I really liked the characters. The story was well written.
  • Jenny Lee
    Another adorable story by Charlie Holmberg that I've been granted the pleasure of being an advanced reader for. While it's a very cute, with magic and adventures, it didn't grab me like The Paper a Magician series, or Fifth Doll. ( I think it's my personal preference for more darkness 🤣 )Veins of Gold takes place during the Gold Rush, where Gentry and her siblings bid their father goodbye in hopes of him making good wages to send home from the...
  • 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...
  • Corey
    I enjoyed the magic and the main characters and I liked the way that Gentry and her siblings looked out for each other. But, I had a really hard time with the inclusion of a polygamist family. I have such a difficult time with the idea of polygamy that I almost stopped reading as soon as that family popped into the book.
  • 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!
  • Erika
    This story was awesome - a little bit historical, a little bit magic, and all quirky and cute.
  • 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.
  • 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...