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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 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.

30 review for The Emerald Sea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Azrah

    Wow this was actually great. I must admit that in the Glittering Court 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. (view spoiler)[I was truly shocked to learn that she has a daughter. A four year old daughter Wow this was actually great. I must admit that in the Glittering Court 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. (view spoiler)[I was truly shocked to learn that she has a daughter. A four year old daughter who is sick. And the only way for her to secure a better life for her daughter and her family is to be the best there is in the Glittering Court. (hide spoiler)] 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. Those people are crazy. And Dinah was the worst. (view spoiler)[She was so jealous of Tamsin that she tried to starve her over a pair of mittens for goodness sake! (hide spoiler)] 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. (view spoiler)[I was shocked when I first figured out that he would be a love interest. I always assumed Gideon would be the one Tamsin falled for. Richelle Mead had us all fooled! (hide spoiler)] 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. (view spoiler)[And he never got angry at Tamsin for leaving him and tricking him. There was a point where I really thought maybe Tamsin wouldn't see Jago ever again and that she's end up with Gideon. Horrors. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[I kind of really felt bad for Gideon. But I think he really only wanted Tamsin to be his wife for selfish reasons. He kept saying how she could help him write sermons. Like she'd be his permanent secretary. And when he suggested that they lie to everyone and let them think Merry is Tamsin's sister is where I wanted to throw him with something. But I'm also glad that he realized how nuts the Heirs are and decided to leave them. (hide spoiler)] If you could get paid for overcoming impossible situations, you’d be a rich woman. 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. I controlled my future. This book was great, but I wish we could maybe have an epilogue. Maybe a short story for what happens next. (view spoiler)[I was waiting for that awkward moment Tamsin tells Jago that Gideon proposed to her three times! Lmao (hide spoiler)] Another fun read with Violet – who made reading this series so much better. ............................................. Summer Reading Challenge 2018 prompt: Sand Between My Toes - Read a book that takes place in or around a beach/ocean

  2. 4 out of 5

    ☯Meera☯

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

  3. 4 out of 5

    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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nèngath

    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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This has been my least favorite of this series but over all I loved the series! I definitely recommend if you liked the selection.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Violet H.

    **SPOILER ALERT** This was the best book in the series! And one of the most addictive! Tamsin Wright. 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 Merry, her daughter. Jago Robinson. 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! Tamsin Wright. 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 Merry, her daughter. Jago Robinson. 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! Orla. 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. Gideon Stewart. 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, Azrah! 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!!!💜💜

  7. 4 out of 5

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I fell in love with Adelaide and Cedric. I quite enjoyed Mira and Grant. But I was thoroughly entranced by Tamsin and Jago. Tamsin has depths that are only hinted at in the previous books. And Jago. *sigh* I think he's my favorite of the heroes. He really lets Tamsin shine. I actually "ah"ed out loud when Tamsin was upset and Jago faked a problem with the horse harness to have Tamsin groom the horses, which helped her. I would love to see another book about them!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Evelina

    Good, but very repetitive of the first two books and overly long. If I had to hear one more time that Tamsin "gets things done," I would have strangled someone. Tamsin, it turns out is one of those characters that is best as a supporting character. When she is given her own book, she's a bit much. But the parts of the storyline that weren't overlapping the first two books were good.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* The Emerald Sea, by author Richelle Mead, is the third and final installment in the Glittering Court trilogy. The book answers the trilogy’s biggest question: what is the secret that drives Tamsin to win at all costs? Tamsin Wright is unstoppable. She must become the Glittering Court's diamond: the girl with the highest test scores, the most glamorous wardrobe, and the greatest opportunities to match with an elite suitor in the N *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* The Emerald Sea, by author Richelle Mead, is the third and final installment in the Glittering Court trilogy. The book answers the trilogy’s biggest question: what is the secret that drives Tamsin to win at all costs? Tamsin Wright is unstoppable. She must become the Glittering Court's diamond: the girl with the highest test scores, the most glamorous wardrobe, and the greatest opportunities to match with an elite suitor in the New World in order to guarantee a future for her family. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

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

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Deroche

    This Glittering Court finale was the best SO FAR! Wow. I liked The Glittering Court, it reminded me of the Selection. The second book was good but my last favorite of all three. This one ... it had tons of action, love , just everything. I mean I liked it so much. I’m shocked.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Baptista

    Tamsin Wright has always been a marvelous character, so I was expecting nothing less of her in this book written in her full perspective. She definitely delivered, and more at that! As based on my ratings, each book of this series has gotten better and better! The first book wasn’t horrible, so I didn’t give up on this series, and I’m so glad I didn’t! There are just so many secrets, relationships, and adventures to keep the series going! With this specific book, the most adventure happens becau Tamsin Wright has always been a marvelous character, so I was expecting nothing less of her in this book written in her full perspective. She definitely delivered, and more at that! As based on my ratings, each book of this series has gotten better and better! The first book wasn’t horrible, so I didn’t give up on this series, and I’m so glad I didn’t! There are just so many secrets, relationships, and adventures to keep the series going! With this specific book, the most adventure happens because poor Tamsin is off far away from Wisteria Hollow (as we already know). There are so many people and towns that she falls into. There’s even a love triangle! But seriously, The Emerald Sea is nothing short of ravenous adventuring, steamy love, and surprises! A wonderful conclusion to a beautiful series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Emerald Sea is the final book in the YA The Glittering Court trilogy. The narrator is 20 year old Tamsin. These books feature the same overall story. However I was very excited to see what actually happened to Tamsin when she was separated from Adelaide and Mira. I thought that we were supposed to be able to read these books out of order as each book is a self-contained story. However, I really can't see how you could read The Emerald Sea without having read the previous books. This book starts The Emerald Sea is the final book in the YA The Glittering Court trilogy. The narrator is 20 year old Tamsin. These books feature the same overall story. However I was very excited to see what actually happened to Tamsin when she was separated from Adelaide and Mira. I thought that we were supposed to be able to read these books out of order as each book is a self-contained story. However, I really can't see how you could read The Emerald Sea without having read the previous books. This book starts 6 months after the girls have joined The Glittering Court. And that part of the story IMO is not featured enough in this book to be able to follow what it is all about. I feel like a person would be lost without having read the two previous books. There was so much about Tamsin's story that I had no idea about. And one thing that absolutely shocked me (view spoiler)[ Merry! (hide spoiler)] . However, knowing the basics about what happened to the ship that she was sort of made some of the book less exciting. This book definitely focuses on the parts that we didn't see in the first two books. We get to see a lot of what happened when Tamsin was separated from the other girls. It's been a while since I read book two. But I was completely surprised with the romance that was in this book. (view spoiler)[We are introduced to a new character, Jago. I was shocked. I thought that she ended up with Gideon. (hide spoiler)] I really enjoyed this final book. The only problem was that for the most part in general we mostly know what happened. Also, there is so little of the Glittering Court and anything to do with the girls' studies. And we don't even get to see much about the parties. And the other two girls are hardly in this book at all. To me these things are the essence of this series. Also, I really don't find that this series is fantasy at all. But other than these few minor things I thought that this was a really strong conclusion to this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    For me, this book was the weakest of the three. It has adventure but still had pockets where it felt dragged out. The author could have cut 100 pages out. Overall I loved the second book the best in this series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Violet H.

    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!😁

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Tamsin's story is my favorite and I'm glad we got to end the series with it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jill booksandescape

    The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead is the third and final novel in the Glittering Court series. While the first novel followed Adelaide, and the second novel Mira, this conclusion follows Tamsin. In this book, we discover Tamsin's past and why it is so important to her to get the highest scores and become the diamond, and why it is important for her to find the richest husband. We also get a glimpse at Tamsin's life during her time when she is not with her friends Adelaide and Mira. I'm truly sad t The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead is the third and final novel in the Glittering Court series. While the first novel followed Adelaide, and the second novel Mira, this conclusion follows Tamsin. In this book, we discover Tamsin's past and why it is so important to her to get the highest scores and become the diamond, and why it is important for her to find the richest husband. We also get a glimpse at Tamsin's life during her time when she is not with her friends Adelaide and Mira. I'm truly sad that this series is over. I've become so attached to these characters. I don't think I will ever read a book by Richelle Mead that I don't love.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Austine (NovelKnight)

    This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. We’re making our final visit to the Glittering Court in The Emerald Sea. In the style of the previous two books, this one follows the same story and timeline but from the third character, Tamsin. I’d say The Emerald Sea was more like Midnight Jewel than The Glittering Court. Adelaide’s choices were never clear to me and, frankly, I never found her character interesting enough to care a This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. We’re making our final visit to the Glittering Court in The Emerald Sea. In the style of the previous two books, this one follows the same story and timeline but from the third character, Tamsin. I’d say The Emerald Sea was more like Midnight Jewel than The Glittering Court. Adelaide’s choices were never clear to me and, frankly, I never found her character interesting enough to care about. Mira had more of a drive and her story kept me interested. But Tamsin, I think, had more of a reason to join the Glittering Court than either of them and I found her backstory the most compelling. So far, she’s been depicted as ruthless and persistent and neither description is wrong but you finally get the reason behind her cutthroat mentality. She’s all about her family and will put them, and her friends as well, before anyone else including herself and her happiness. Tamsin has that edge to her that makes her imperfect in a good way. She’s so driven and so caught up in helping her family that she doesn’t always see what’s in front of her, but it made her human and someone I wanted to read about. Despite the fact that these books re-tell the same story from three different perspectives, I wouldn’t recommend reading them out of order. The Glittering Court sets up all the background information which doesn’t make it a particularly interesting read, but it’s helpful for Midnight Jewel. In the sequel the political machinations of the colonies really come out to play which is important for The Emerald Sea because Tamsin is right in the center of it all. The story skips ahead quite a bit and everything that happened in a previous book gets skimmed over (which I’m happy for because it was quite dry the first time around). My only real issue with Tamsin’s journey that is Mead spent far too much time letting Tamsin sit in the town of Constancy. It’s described as an extreme religious settlement and the girls of the Gray Gull ship that wrecks at the beginning of the story. This particular section takes up at least 25% of the book and got boring REAL quick. But after she gets out with a certain trader gentleman (who might be my favorite love interest of the series), things pick up and I was mostly hooked to the end. Mostly. I wouldn’t call this series Mead’s finest work (my heart and soul still belong to the Vampire Academy series) but they’re decent reads. Though I can’t recommend The Glittering Court, I would say it’s worth reading to get to Midnight Jewel and The Emerald Sea. Both are solid stories and have a good balance of action and romance, with a variety of character types to appeal to different readers. On its own, I’d say I loved The Emerald Sea equally as much as Midnight Jewel. It had its flaws, especially the pacing and dragging story early on, but ultimately pulled through. Find Me on: My Blog || Twitter || Instagram || Bloglovin'

  20. 4 out of 5

    Teenreadsdotcom

    Richelle Mead is the bestselling author of over 25 novels for adults and teens. A fan of myth and folklore, she has written many books including those elements. Richelle is the author of the Vampire Academy series as well as its spin-off series, Bloodlines. She also wrote SOUNDLESS, a standalone novel set around Chinese mythology. Her newest young adult trilogy, The Glittering Court, began with a book by that same name. The second novel in the trilogy, MIDNIGHT JEWEL, occurs at the same time as Richelle Mead is the bestselling author of over 25 novels for adults and teens. A fan of myth and folklore, she has written many books including those elements. Richelle is the author of the Vampire Academy series as well as its spin-off series, Bloodlines. She also wrote SOUNDLESS, a standalone novel set around Chinese mythology. Her newest young adult trilogy, The Glittering Court, began with a book by that same name. The second novel in the trilogy, MIDNIGHT JEWEL, occurs at the same time as THE GLITTERING COURT but from an alternative point of view. The final installment, THE EMERALD SEA also takes place at the same time but from the third and final point of view. THE EMERALD SEA is finally Tamsin’s experience with the Glittering Court. Tamsin joined the Court because she has the most to lose out of her friends Adelaide and Mira. She was a significant character and friend to Adelaide and Mira until her boat was driven off course in a storm on their way to Adoria and Tamsin was separated from them for most of the story. Little did Adelaide and Mira know, Tamsin was alive and well and traveling across colonies in Adoria so that she could finally join them in Cape Triumph. Tamsin’s story was by far the most entertaining installment of this trilogy. Even though I enjoyed Adelaide’s and Mira’s story, I could not stop reading this one. While I was annoyed with Tamsin in the other books, I did not know what she had at stake, but she has turned into my favorite character. I connected with her the most, and her story was even more interesting than the other ones. In THE EMERALD SEA, Mead explores the rest of Adoria and focuses a lot less on the actual time that they spent at the Glittering Court. Keeping that only a small part of Tamsin’s story was the right decision because I think the drama of the Glittering Court is explored enough in THE GLITTERING COURT and MIDNIGHT JEWEL. With each novel in the trilogy, they only get better. I have always been a Richelle Mead fan, and these books are exactly what I wanted. Because of the fallout that Tamsin has with Adelaide, she chooses to go on a different ship to Adoria and meets all of the other Glittering Court women, and I am glad a lot more characters were introduced. I especially loved Damaris and Winifred’s character. Even though this is only a trilogy, I would read any continuation of this story from another point of view. Tamsin showed off her natural leadership abilities, and it is enjoyable to learn about her taking charge when their ship veered way off course. Tamsin runs into both the Balanquans, the Icori, and many more exciting and dangerous settings, and Tamsin views them a lot differently than Adelaide and Mira because she got to stay with them and form meaningful relationships. One of my favorite aspects was exploring other parts of Adoria other than Cape Triumph. Tamsin has a reason for joining the Glittering Court, but it also vastly complicates her possible romantic relationships throughout the story. Some characters took me by surprise, and for every one that I disliked, there were two more that I loved. It is best to go into this novel with little idea of what is going to happen. Even though this novel is almost 500 pages, I could not put it down and did not mind at all; I could have read even more. While the Glittering Court is a trilogy, readers can read the books in any order because they occur at the same time. I read them in the release order, and I think that is the best way to read them. Tamsin’s story is best saved for last because it is so separate from the other two. If only interested in Tamsin’s story, then just read this one, but if at all interested in reading the entire trilogy, I recommend starting with Adelaide’s novel, THE GLITTERING COURT, and the reading Mira's MIDNIGHT JEWEL, and finally reading about Tamsin in THE EMERALD SEA. I highly recommend this trilogy, and I will continue to pick up anything Richelle Mead writes. Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cait Jacobs (Caitsbooks)

    Overall: 4.5/5 Stars Characters: 4.5/5 Setting: 4/5 Writing: 5/5 Plot and Themes: 4.5/5 Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5 Review in a Nutshell: The Emerald Sea 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. Blog || Tumblr|| Bookstagram || Twitter The Emerald Sea 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 Overall: 4.5/5 Stars Characters: 4.5/5 Setting: 4/5 Writing: 5/5 Plot and Themes: 4.5/5 Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5 Review in a Nutshell: The Emerald Sea 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. Blog || Tumblr|| Bookstagram || Twitter The Emerald Sea 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 setting 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 world-building 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. The Emerald Sea does explore more aspects of the world that had only been briefly alluded to in previous books, which was interesting. Richelle Mead's writing style is always fun. Her sense of humor always makes me smile, and I really enjoy the dialogue between the characters in her books. The pacing 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 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 plot may not have been as action-packed as in The Midnight Jewel, but it still held its own and kept me constantly wanting to read more. In comparison to the other books in this series, I'm not sure if The Emerald Sea is equal or just below The Midnight Jewel, with The Glittering Court 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 characters 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 The Glittering Court (view spoiler)[ (let's face it, we all thought he was the love interest) (hide spoiler)] . 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. Pros- Funny, interesting characters and gripping plot Cons- Pacing occasionally felt off, the setting wasn't very original for a fantasy novel Overall- 4.5/5 stars. The Emerald Sea is an entertaining, witty read with a cute romance and a thrilling plot

  22. 4 out of 5

    Blue

    Well... to be honest.. I don't even know how to put my boredom into words yet... Review to come. The Emerald Sea is the final book in the Glittering Court series and each book is centred around a girl and their studies to find themselves a wealthy husband. This particular book is based on Tasmin Wright, who you learn from the previous books, is a bit of a determined and rude woman. Tasmin, like most of the girls that attended the Glittering Court, comes from nothing besides a poor family and rise Well... to be honest.. I don't even know how to put my boredom into words yet... Review to come. The Emerald Sea is the final book in the Glittering Court series and each book is centred around a girl and their studies to find themselves a wealthy husband. This particular book is based on Tasmin Wright, who you learn from the previous books, is a bit of a determined and rude woman. Tasmin, like most of the girls that attended the Glittering Court, comes from nothing besides a poor family and rises through the lessons of nobility to sail across to the new land and seduce herself a husband. As you would expect the voyage doesn’t go as planned as Tasmin and a few other girls of the court are left stranded and have the struggle of getting to their final destination on their own. Tasmin, with the help of Jago the trader and Gideon a minister, hurry to get to the court in time. I have to admit I wasn’t a fan of the world building in this book. Though The Emerald Sea had an in depth description of this world rather than the previous books, however I believe that a great deal of the book was wasted on the world building, it was over described to be honest. To be honest the world had a UK/Europe feel about it. Ever since I powered through Mead’s Vampire Academy I have had a soft spot for her writing and her sassy characters. I mean can’t all female characters just be like Rose and the males just as hunky and mysterious like Dimitri? We can hope right? I wasn’t a massive fan of this series, don’t get me wrong though, I enjoyed the first one. The Glittering Court was enticing and introduced you to a new story and new characters and I loved this. Midnight Jewel was exactly the same as The Glittering Court but from a different perspective and I despise this, there was no originality, nothing captivating. When I heard about The Emerald Sea being released with a new perspective and a thrilling storyline I knew I had to read it. After all it couldn’t be as repetitive as Midnight Jewel right? Or so I thought. The pace of the book was also another element I couldn’t deal with. For such a thick book there is so much repetitive talking, barley any action and some aspects of the book we have already seen in The Glittering Court and Midnight Jewel. It dragged on. And on. Even when Tasmin ends up in the wrong area and even when she struggles to get back to the court. Though I do like it when villains push women of balconies into the ocean. I may have chocked on my coffee. Actually I did. I liked Tasmin. Once I got over her stuck up attitude I grew fond for her. I think she would be awesome to have coffee with and if she got too annoying the food fight would be incredible and one sided. Proper girls don’t throw food. Instant victory. Besides Tasmin, I wasn’t fond of any of the other characters. They did nothing for me. Overall it wasn’t a thrilling end to the series and dragged on a fair amount which I found disappointing, but I still am a fan of Richelle Mead. If you love your romance than this is book that will probably sweet of you of your feet.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Colbert

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would. It has been a long time since I have read a book and FELT it. Am I the only one who gets a pit in my stomach when reading about mis-communications that break apart people who are truly good to and for each other? If I am, whatever I am okay with it. It makes my reading experience really intense. I read this book in one sitting, at night, knowing I had a 6 am wake up the next morning and even now, exhausted, I have zero regrets. I love the Glittering Cou If I could give this book 6 stars, I would. It has been a long time since I have read a book and FELT it. Am I the only one who gets a pit in my stomach when reading about mis-communications that break apart people who are truly good to and for each other? If I am, whatever I am okay with it. It makes my reading experience really intense. I read this book in one sitting, at night, knowing I had a 6 am wake up the next morning and even now, exhausted, I have zero regrets. I love the Glittering Court series, strong women making THEIR OWN DAMN WAY and choosing love over money is everything I'm about in real life, so to find a book that gives me all of that plus pretty dresses and American history-esque drama I'm here for it. This series will be a regular re-read for me...but this one will be the book I read without the other two ON THE REGULAR. Jago is great, he's not dark and twisted and flawed to make his growth more exciting. He is a good man who let's the world think what they want because he knows who he is and so do those who matter to him and everyone else can shove it. THAT is my dream man. Enough about the boys, can we TALK ABOUT TAMSIN?! Girl looks amazing, has had a child in an impossible situation, still values her family (and they her, also, her family is the shit), GETS SHIT DONE, slaps men who assume they can walk all over her, re-organizes an entire city, brokers a peace grown men couldn't have done for themselves, and all of that is done without the self doubt so often seen in these YAs. Her hesitation about kicking ass all over the damn place isn't about her doubt, but her single-minded view of her goals (not a bad thing but maybe not the best all the time either, a realistic flaw). Adelaide is lovely, Mira literally kicks ass, but I will be #TeamTamsin until the day I die. Fight me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Elizabeth

    I enjoyed these books a whole lot, but I don't think I'll be clamoring to reread them anytime soon. I absolutely love the way that these books are set up. Three books, three different POVs, published far enough apart that I barely remember anything from the previous book. I love that things are left unanswered in each POV. In Glittering Court we only get answers that are directly connected to Adelaide. In Midnight Jewel you only get answers directly connected to Mira. In Emerald Sea you only get I enjoyed these books a whole lot, but I don't think I'll be clamoring to reread them anytime soon. I absolutely love the way that these books are set up. Three books, three different POVs, published far enough apart that I barely remember anything from the previous book. I love that things are left unanswered in each POV. In Glittering Court we only get answers that are directly connected to Adelaide. In Midnight Jewel you only get answers directly connected to Mira. In Emerald Sea you only get answers directly connected to Tamsin. Everything else is left as a gaping hole in the story line. And because of that, if you were to read the books out of order, you would not get spoiled at all for the others. I love these three woman too. Adelaide, Mira, and Tamsin are all incredibly smart, and strong, and brave, and resilient. These are the kind of women that little girls should look up too. I love each of these girls so much I can't even pick a favorite. I also really love that all three of them enter the Glittering Court to be trained for marriage to a wealthy man who will have to pay a fee to cover their education, wardrobe, and travel costs. And not a single one of these girls ended up married to a wealthy man looking to pay for a bride. Yasss queens, yessssss.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liilaa

    I loved The Emerald Sea best of this series, I think. First of all, THE COVER. I mean, the other covers were the basically same, but still. Second of all, the characters. Mostly, they were well developed, except for the villain, because I felt like he had valid goals and just went about to reaching them the wrong way, and that should have been acknowledged. Otherwise: Tamsin: I LOVE HER SO FRICKIN' MUCH. She's a badass feminist and we need more of her in books. Gideon: He was so well-written that I loved The Emerald Sea best of this series, I think. First of all, THE COVER. I mean, the other covers were the basically same, but still. Second of all, the characters. Mostly, they were well developed, except for the villain, because I felt like he had valid goals and just went about to reaching them the wrong way, and that should have been acknowledged. Otherwise: Tamsin: I LOVE HER SO FRICKIN' MUCH. She's a badass feminist and we need more of her in books. Gideon: He was so well-written that I could imagine him perfectly in my mind. I think he was the kind of flawed character that some people (me) have a lot of trouble creating, but Richelle Mead can do it. Gideon is so adorable. Jago: Why don't these great guys actually exist? Orla: A beautiful person. Also a badass feminist. And last but not least, the way this sort of lines up with the other books. IT'S AMAZING. I wish I could do that, but I'm a loser. Sob. :(

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The conclusion of The Glittering Court trilogy features Tamsin as she rises to the top of the Court of girls. But, as they travel to Adoria, Tamsin’s ship is lost at sea and she finds herself diverted from her goal of a rich husband and safety for her family. When I read the first volume of this trilogy, Tamsin’s story intrigued me the least and her personality grated on me the most. But after reading this novel devoted to Tamsin’s story, my view of her has completely changed and I find I really, The conclusion of The Glittering Court trilogy features Tamsin as she rises to the top of the Court of girls. But, as they travel to Adoria, Tamsin’s ship is lost at sea and she finds herself diverted from her goal of a rich husband and safety for her family. When I read the first volume of this trilogy, Tamsin’s story intrigued me the least and her personality grated on me the most. But after reading this novel devoted to Tamsin’s story, my view of her has completely changed and I find I really, really liked her. I would not have minded being a fly on the wall as she conquered obstacle after obstacle. Overall, the entire trilogy was entertaining. The narration of the second novel marred my initial starry-eyed love of it. But Tamsin’s story has erased my hesitations. I think that, if I had read the print of Midnight Jewel, I would not have had the same misgivings and probably would have enjoyed the story far more. It is proof of how important the narrator is when listening instead of reading print. This trilogy was a remarkable tale of immigration, social class, and perseverance with a heavy dose of adventure.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Yes! This is probably my favorite of the trilogy, and I'm actually really glad that Richelle Mead released them in the order she did. And now I totally need to go back and reread both Adelaide and Mira's books, just so I can see if I can piece together other details and such that I didn't even realize that I missed. Tamsin is such a determined individual, and even though her secret was very predictable, Mead didn't try and hide it for too long. I think it was revealed in the first few chapters, Yes! This is probably my favorite of the trilogy, and I'm actually really glad that Richelle Mead released them in the order she did. And now I totally need to go back and reread both Adelaide and Mira's books, just so I can see if I can piece together other details and such that I didn't even realize that I missed. Tamsin is such a determined individual, and even though her secret was very predictable, Mead didn't try and hide it for too long. I think it was revealed in the first few chapters, and then revealed to a few other people over the course of the book. But I flew through this whole thing, and when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. I can't wait to see what Richelle Mead releases next, because I'm sure it will be amazing as well.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ameythist Moreland

    Definitely my favorite of the Glittering Court trilogy, but maybe that's just because I found Tamsin so relatable. She's such an amazing, strong, and determined woman who knows exactly what she wants and will stop at nothing to get it. I do hope we'll see more of this world in the future as I have so many questions about the Icori and the Balanquan people.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I enjoyed wrapping up the Glittering Court Series. I especially enjoyed that none of the 3 girls in the books actually married as they intended! Instead they found independence, learned that they were worth more than being trophy wives, opened up with each other, as well as other people, and found the love, adventure and opportunity they were searching for.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    The last of the trilogy, Emerald Sea is better than Midnight Jewel. Although I like the second book, this one had a much better story too it. I also think the writing was better. Tamsin is a tough woman and shows her strength throughout the story. I recommend the series.

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