The Emerald Sea

The Emerald Sea

The dazzling conclusion to #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead's The Glittering Court series.Meet Tamsin, the Glittering Court's hard-angled emerald. Her outsized aspirations make her a fierce competitor, rising to the top of the ranks. But when the ship she boards for the New World is tragically lost at sea, she is quite literally thrown off-course....

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The Emerald Sea Reviews

  • Justin Turczak

    Liked book 2 a tad more but this story is still better than book 1. Tamsin is very feisty and gets what she wants and if doesn't puts up a great fight. This book is between a 3.5-4 for me.

  • Cait Jacobs (Caitsbooks)

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    was a fun, addicting read for those who are returning to the world of the Glittering Court and those who have yet to discover it.

    follows Tamsin Wright, a girl from a poor family with a big secret. She's joined the Glittering Court to be taught the ways of the nobility and sail across the ocean to

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    was a fun, addicting read for those who are returning to the world of the Glittering Court and those who have yet to discover it.

    follows Tamsin Wright, a girl from a poor family with a big secret. She's joined the Glittering Court to be taught the ways of the nobility and sail across the ocean to the new land, where she can find a wealthy husband. However, her voyage doesn't go as planned and she and 20 other Glittering Court girls are left stranded, far away from their initial destination. With the help of a rugged trader, Jago, and a junior minister of a puritanical community, Gideon, Tamsin must figure out how to salvage her plan in time.

    The

    and world of the Glittering Court series are pretty simple, and nothing very unique. There is Osfro (basically England), the colonies (basically the American colonies), the Heirs of Uros (basically puritans), the Balanquans (basically Native Americans) and the Icori (basically Celtic clans). The

    itself isn't too complicated. This book honestly feels more historical than fantasy, and the lack of a magic system makes it easy to jump right into the universe.

    does explore more aspects of the world that had only been briefly alluded to in previous books, which was interesting.

    Richelle Mead's

    is always fun. Her sense of humor always makes me smile, and I really enjoy the dialogue between the characters in her books. The

    felt a little off at times, mostly due to major sections of previous books in this series being brushed aside because it wasn't as relevant to Tamsin's story. However, it is definitely better than that of the first book,

    . The Glittering Court (the place) takes up very little of this book, and the action starts much faster, with plenty of thrills along the way. The

    may not have been as action-packed as in

    , but it still held its own and kept me constantly wanting to read more.

    to the other books in this series, I'm not sure if

    is equal or just below

    , with

    being my least favorite. If you haven't read any of the books in this series, I would recommend reading them first, but you don't have to. But I will say, this book does spoil the events of book 1. And if you've read the previous two books and are worried you know everything that will happen in this book, don't be. This book has plenty of twists to keep it interesting and surprising.

    The

    in this book are all interesting. I honestly didn't expect to like Tamsin as much as I did. I thought she was okay in the previous books, but this book completely changed my opinion of her. Her character arc was great, and I loved the version of her I saw in this book. Jago was another interesting character who wasn't what I expected. After reading the synopsis, and after rereading the previous books to try to figure out what exactly will happen in Tamsin's story, I wasn't expecting Jago to be as lighthearted and funny as he was. I also loved Gideon in this book, and how Richelle Mead 100% knew what she was doing when she introduced him in

    . I also loved the relationships in this book, both romantic and platonic.

    I was in a major reading slump before jumping into this book and this was exactly what I needed. It was cute, fun, and had me completely hooked.

    Funny, interesting characters and gripping plot

    Pacing occasionally felt off, the setting wasn't very original for a fantasy novel

  • Lauren

    What a great conclusion to this series! I enjoyed Tamsin’s story so much.

  • Azrah

    Wow this was actually great.

    I must admit that in the

    I was not a Tamsin fan. She was too competitive and obsessed with winning. I just couldn't stand her. In ES we find out that there is a reason she is like this. And that really changed the way I felt about her character. Being the best, and marrying the most eligible bachelor is not something she wants. It's something she has to do.

    Wow this was actually great.

    I must admit that in the

    I was not a Tamsin fan. She was too competitive and obsessed with winning. I just couldn't stand her. In ES we find out that there is a reason she is like this. And that really changed the way I felt about her character. Being the best, and marrying the most eligible bachelor is not something she wants. It's something she has to do.

    But as we know, things don't go her way and she ends up on the Gray Gull.

    This is where it got really interesting. On her journey to Grashond she meets Orla who is infact Icori. But she's not like any of the savage Icori described by the Osfrydians. This is something I like about this book. The other cultures were explained better in this book . It was very confusing in book 1 and 2. The so called bad guys are not actually so. And we get to meet them and learn about their culture. It really shows how people can be so prejudice without knowing anything about another nation.

    When they get to Grashond where the Heirs of Uros are, I was so excited to meet Gideon. And he was the most adorable. And he was kind. I can only say one thing about the Heirs.

    And Dinah was the worst.

    But Jago was the only bright spot in that town. He is my favourite male character in the whole series and is unlike any character I've ever read about.

    He is a 100 times better that Gideon. Something I love about his personality is that he's always so happy, and friendly. He doesn't just hate on people for no reason.

    Orla is also one of my faves. She became such a good friend to Tamsin. And she helped tamsin realise that she didn't need a husband to solve all her problems.

    This book was great, but I wish we could maybe have an epilogue. Maybe a short story for what happens next.

    Another fun read with

    – who made reading this series so much better.

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  • Nengath

    I rarely write reviews on good reads because I write badly in English (I am french by the way), but when I see that this book is so under appreciated... I had to step in, shitty level or not. We all get to play wonder-woman one day.

    It's really strange for me, because I have been reading Richelle Mead's books for ages, I started with the Vampire Academy series in high school. I really appreciate how her writing has improved, how she was able at some point to change her style and move to new idea

    I rarely write reviews on good reads because I write badly in English (I am french by the way), but when I see that this book is so under appreciated... I had to step in, shitty level or not. We all get to play wonder-woman one day.

    It's really strange for me, because I have been reading Richelle Mead's books for ages, I started with the Vampire Academy series in high school. I really appreciate how her writing has improved, how she was able at some point to change her style and move to new ideas, not that I didn't like her first works, but this... well, I personally think it's the best young adult series she has been writing so far. The plot, the writing, the characters are so better, she is finally out of chick lit'. I am very sad that people gave up on the series after the glittering court, because the two other episodes are SOOO better than the first. Emerald Sea cannot be as good as the second one with Mirabelle and Grant (diversity, social engagement and a sassy heroine, who say better?), but it's still an amazing book. I understand why people were taken aback by the first settlement, Adelaide was a spoiled heiress only interested in romance and clothes, and was totally oblivious to the social and political world around her. But here is the thing : I really liked it. I liked that Mead was able to write a realistic character, I am SOOO tired to hear about these kick-ass princesses who, while having been sheltered all their life and bathing in privileges end up all being tolerant, hard working and deserving. I don't buy it. I think what is utter genius in this trilogy, is that the writer shows pretty well how three girls coming from very different social backgrounds are going to have radically different views on the world. Adelaide, because she is privileged, is not aware of a lot of things, but let's be honest, most of us are like Adelaide, white and living in rich countries. Mirabelle, because she is a refugee, has experienced terrible things, but still, and it's what amazes me about her, she is full of faith and hope. Tamsin, because she is lower class, is obsessed with self-accomplishment and financial security, and has the most practical perspective. Instead of showing everything through the eyes of only one girl, Mead describes through three stories a far more complex and nuanced world. Seriously, when you read some books, you can be under the impression that everything in the world must revolved around one special snow flake white girl. Mead, thank you for letting side characters shine, for letting the second roles becoming the first and so on. Adelaide's point of view is the classical one : love triangle, forbidden romance, ninny hero and ninny heroine, check. But after reading the all series I have a new fondness of her, I learnt to like her through the points of view of her two best friends.

    Now, let's talk about Emerald Sea in more details. There will be SPOILERS so BEWARE, you can still STOP there if you want to keep a chaste mind going into that book. If you read the first book, but hated it, and want to know what happens next before buying the other books, well, GO ONE.

    I loved Tamsin, not as much as Mira, but I knew from the beginning that Mira would be my favorite. Still, Tamsin was the one I was the most intrigued about, not because of the revelation she has a daughter, because I saw it coming, it was pretty obvious, with her talk to Adelaide about not ruining her life for a man, and her reaction when her family visit. I really loved how Tamsin was driven by the desire to give a better life to her baby, off course it doesn't excuse her bitchiness, and I liked that Mead doesn't transform Tamsin into some saint. Yes, Tamsin is still the selfish, calculative woman we met in book one, she is just a far more complex one, with a lot of asperities and a very strong mind. She is always trying to balance her desire for love and her desire for security, she is after all a twenty years old mother, she has not only to find a companion, but also a father for her kid. While sixteen something Adelaide could be absorbed in romance, free-spirited Mira in freedom and social rights, Tamsin cannot be an idealist. It was pretty interesting to see how she could be totally selfless about her family, and selfish toward other people. We always say that mothers are the most selfless creatures, but we also forget they would make their kids pass before anyone else (it's normal), so they can be pretty selfish. I also loved that Tamsin didn't end up with Gideon, he was the obvious love interest, and I was very surprise when the author took us somewhere else. Iago is the BEST love interest I have read about. While Cedric is the stereotype of the dandy and Grant the stereotype of the bad boy with a tragic past, Iago is pretty much... unique. It's not everyday that I read about a hero who is not tall, not rich, not even young. Iago only defines himself by his sass, his strength of character, and (admittedly) is marvelous two colored eyes. I love that the first time Tamsin met him, her only thought were : a guy with a red scarf. He reminds me a bit of Seth, in the sense that he is very much human, and not an ideal projection of what manliness should be.

    Could we also talk about the friendship? I love Tamsin interaction with Winifred, Damaris, Vanessa, Orla and all. Whereas Adelaide never connected with women around her (Cedric was her all world), an Mira with her clandestine activities pretty much dealt with guys, Tamsin was able to build a lot of different friendships despite her early trivialities with almost everyone.

    Also, Tamsin travels a lot in that book and we discover this new world with her, all these people coming to find a better life, but not always agreeing about what this better life should look like. There is a lot of political intrigues, religious and social discussion, and the all series is put under a new light. When you read the first two books, you are under the false impression that everything happens in the fort, that the new world don't really exist. Tamsin comes across every kind of people : native people, religious zealot, rival nations, traders, peasants, etc. If you're main complain about the first book was that Adelaide never gave any consideration to natives and foreign nations, you should definitely be reading this one.

  • Vanessa Violet

    **SPOILER ALERT**

    This was the best book in the series! And one of the most addictive!

    . It shocked me the most that she had a daughter! I mean, who could have seen that coming? Well, almost no one practically. In this book, she, a kind of, became a leader. And she did her job well. Although, she was reminding herself again and again that all this was for

    , her daughter.

    . Or should I say Jacob Robinson? Well, does it matters? He's a trader. Who's very fond of horse

    **SPOILER ALERT**

    This was the best book in the series! And one of the most addictive!

    . It shocked me the most that she had a daughter! I mean, who could have seen that coming? Well, almost no one practically. In this book, she, a kind of, became a leader. And she did her job well. Although, she was reminding herself again and again that all this was for

    , her daughter.

    . Or should I say Jacob Robinson? Well, does it matters? He's a trader. Who's very fond of horses and owns few horses which are very rare to find in the whole Adoria. He met Tamsin. Well, Tamsin found him on Orla's word that he can help them in getting back to Cape Triumph. At first he refused, a kind of, but then he did really help. Especially Tamsin. He did have a very 'big heart',*lol*

    One more thing I liked about him was that he didn't judge Tamsin or anything when she told him that she has a daughter. In fact, he was soo understanding. Even after that, his feelings for Tamsin didn't change. And even so, he was willing to give everything he had to marry her!

    . One of the three Icori Princesses. A good friend of Jago. She helped Tamsin and Jago a lot. Despite the fact that the Icoris hated Osfridians, she was very kind to Tamsin. Even the first time she met her. She was one of those good ones. She was one of those who only flick their eye, and everything gets back to work and everyone's legs disobey them to stand anymore. But even though, she was very kind. To her people, as well as the Osfridians.

    . A junior minister of the church. He was very handsome and a very kind person. And I liked that he loved Tamsin. But not enough. Well, what was annoying about him was that he kept proposing her every time they get alone when she kept refusing!

    Well, what more can I say? I have hundreds of things in my head, but I can't find the correct words to express myself. Well, This was an amazing book! And the idea of this book was fantastic! And this was even more interesting because of those adventures of a drowned ship and how they survived and all. And the Icoris and Balanquans and Londranians made it more interesting along with Tamsin, Jago, heirs, and the other Giltterring Court girls!

    It was the third in the series and the third buddy read with my amazing friend,

    ! You know what made it even more interesting than it was? An amazing friend to read with! It's always fun reading with you, Az!!!💜💜

  • Madeleine Knutsson

    I loved the first book in this series but both book two and three was a let down for me for some weird reason.

  •  ☯Meera☯

    I'm going to take a wild guess and say that this story will be about the shipwreck and Gideon Stewart.

  • Vanessa Violet

    Buddy read with Azrah! Sorry, Az, for making you wait too much. I know you were dying of curiosity. Cuz I was too!😅

    I'm too exited!! This is gonna be fun!😁

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