Title: The Emerald Sea
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing 6/26/18
Length: 496 Pages
Series: The Glittering Court #3
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.
I LOVE this series. not going to lie here. I think that each time we get a new story about one of the girls, we’re taken on a journey that honestly we had no idea about. I think that the dynamic between Adelaide, Mira and Tamsin was always a great one, but i think there was so much more to Tamsin’s story that no one knew about, that it’s amazing to see how it all panned out.
When Tamsin reappeared in each of the preceding stories, we knew that she and the other Gray Gull court girls had survived by being saved by a bunch of Heirs, but there’s clearly so much more to the story.
Tamsin was driven while learning to be polished in the Glittering Court. She had one goal in mind, to snag the best bachelor, and someone who wouldn’t judge her for her past – which we had no idea about before. So to see how that all panned out – how she lost her place and chance to get the best offer, then got routed off track from a storm, ended up with a colony of people who didn’t believe what she did and critiqued her for it all. And all the while, managing to become the most wanted female there – with Gideon, a Jr. minister fawning over her from day one, Jago being smitten from the moment go. and well, everyone else wondering if she was some type of otherwordly being.
The way that this installment was written makes you see this whole journey as something completely different than what it was. There’s so much strife, so many forces against Tamsin, that if she weren’t so focused, and confident, there would have been 20 girls and a chaperone that would have been lost. You want to root for her yet you also want to hope that she’ll lose some of her harsh edge.
This truly is a roller coaster installment. Hope, fear, hear break, relationship growth, insane romance etc. I think that i’m going to be really sad if this truly is the end of the series – if we only get the stories of these three ladies instead of the other 40 perhaps. …but i guess i’ll survive. Enjoy!