The Glittering Court tour continues today here on NovelKnight with a journey through The Emerald Sea! It’s FINALLY time to share my review of the third and final book in the series, as well as my take on a mood board (I tried my best!). AND as a thank you for stopping by, I’m sending my ARC of The Emerald Sea to one lucky winner!
by Richelle Mead
Series: The Glittering Court #3
Published on June 26, 2018 by Razorbill
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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. Training alongside other girls in the Glittering Court, Tamsin immerses herself completely in lessons about etiquette, history, and music--everything a high-society wife would need to know. Once she's married, she'll be able to afford a better life for her family, so the sacrifice is worth it if she can be the best.
When her friendship with Mira and Adelaide, her roommates at the Glittering Court, threatens her status as the top-ranked prospect, she does the only thing she knows will keep her on track: she cuts them out of her life. But when her voyage across the sea goes off course, Tamsin must use her unrelenting grit and determination to survive the harsh winter far north of her intended destination in hopes of making it back to the Glittering Court in time to secure a proposal--and a comfortable future for her family.
Experiencing new cultures and beliefs for the first time, Tamsin realizes that her careful studies haven't prepared her for everything, and with new alliances formed with roguish tradesman Jago Robinson and good-natured minister Gideon Stewart, Tamsin's heart begins to be pulled in different directions. But she can't let her brewing attraction get in the way of her ultimate goal: protecting the secret she holds closest to her heart, the one that would unravel everything she's worked for if it's uncovered.
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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.
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.
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Make sure to check out the rest of the Glittering Court tour stops!
THE Glittering Court
THE EMERALD SEA