Tress of the Emerald Sea Book Review

by | May 22, 2023 | YA / Teen Book Reviews

Tress of the Emerald Sea Book Review:

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Si-Fi

Tropes: Pirates, plot twists, fun female protagonist, quirky and whimsical, magic

Book Review:

Ahoy, fellow readers! Prepare to set sail on a rollicking adventure like no other with Brandon Sanderson’s latest offering, Tress of the Emerald Sea. This book is a whimsical blend of humor, heart, and swashbuckling escapades that will leave you grinning like a giddy sailor on shore leave.

Tress, our plucky protagonist, has led a simple life on her island home, collecting cups and relishing the tales spun by her friend Charlie. But when disaster strikes and Charlie finds himself in need of rescue, Tress must abandon her teacups and stow away on a ship bound for the treacherous Midnight Sea. And let me tell you, this is no ordinary ocean – it’s an emerald-green expanse where a single drop of water can send you to Davy Jones’ locker faster than you can say “avast, ye scurvy dogs!”

Sanderson’s knack for worldbuilding shines as he introduces us to a cosmos where twelve moons shower the land with spore-like particles, creating seas of vibrant colors. These spores, when touched by water, sprout into fantastical creations, ranging from lovely vines to deadly crystals. It’s like gardening, but with a splash of peril and a pinch of botanical chaos. Who knew a damp environment could be so treacherous?

The plot takes off like a seagull with a stolen bag of chips, swiftly transforming from a love story to an epic adventure. Tress, with her infectious courage and relatable pragmatism, becomes a character you can’t help but root for. Her journey across the perilous seas introduces us to a motley crew of eccentric characters, each with their own quirks and charms. And let’s not forget about the narrator – Hoid – whose sassy commentary and knack for similes will leave you in stitches. It’s like being regaled by a lovably oddball friend who has a penchant for comparing everything to obscure objects.

The action scenes in Tress of the Emerald Sea are a blast. Sanderson’s ability to craft thrilling moments that keep you on the edge of your seat is in full display here. The final chapters race along at breakneck speed, leaving you breathless and praying to the literary deities that your beloved characters make it through unscathed. Spoiler alert: prepare yourself for some serious nail-biting!

What truly sets this book apart is its underlying warmth and hope. Sanderson weaves a tapestry of light and love, reminding us of the beauty and magic that can be found even in the darkest of times. It’s like a comforting mug of hot cocoa on a stormy night, providing solace and a reminder that the world isn’t always a scary place.

In conclusion, Tress of the Emerald Sea is a gem in Sanderson’s ever-expanding Cosmere universe. It’s a delightfully quirky and enchanting tale that will capture your heart from the very first page. This book has it all – charming characters, thrilling adventures, and a healthy dose of whimsy. So grab a cup of tea, hoist the anchor, and prepare for a voyage you won’t soon forget. Yo ho, yo ho, a reader’s life for me!

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Hey there, I´m Leah

Welcome to my little corner of the internet. If you adore young adult fantasy books, creative writing tips, and watching authors chase their dreams, then you’re in the right place.  I’m currently in the trenches of writing my first young adult fantasy novel. One of my favorite hobbies is searching out and reading new books that will take me on my next adventure. I love diving into immersive world-building and experiencing characters that nestle their way into my heart.