Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson

#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings us deeper into the Cosmere universe with a rollicking, riveting tale that will appeal to fans of The Princess Bride.

The only life Tress has known on her island home in an emerald-green ocean has been a simple one, with the simple pleasures of collecting cups brought by sailors from faraway lands and listening to stories told by her friend Charlie. But when his father takes him on a voyage to find a bride and disaster strikes, Tress must stow away on a ship and seek the Sorceress of the deadly Midnight Sea.

 Amid the spore oceans where pirates abound, can Tress leave her simple life behind and make her own place sailing a sea where a single drop of water can mean instant death?

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 4, 2023 
by Tor Books
4.5/5 stars

Do you ever laid eyes on a book cover and just known that you had to read it? That's exactly what happened to me when I saw Tress of the Emerald Sea.  The cover was stunning, the author was well-known (though I had never read his work before), and 3 of my sons are fans.  I pre-ordered it immediately and it ended up becoming a family read.

The story follows Tress, a  young woman living on an island washing windows. She is in love with her good friend Charlie, but suddenly his father takes him away, never to be seen again. Tress embarks on a journey to seek out the Sorceress of the Midnight Sea to rescue her true love. What she doesn’t bargain for is stowing away on a ship and the many obstacles on the way.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked Tress. I liked her fortitude, courage and stamina. There are other characters in this book that left their mark, Hook the rat, Sally, and Fort to name a few.  With a whimsical voice fans of Sanderson's previous novels will find easter eggs along the way along with a narrator familiar in the Cosmere books.

The blurb says that those that liked The Princess Bride will enjoy this book. Confession time I’ve never  read The Princess Bride or seen the movie so that doesn’t really mean much to me.  Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and look forward to the next 3 books in Sanderson's Secret Novels Series. 

It's worth noting that this Kickstarter project broke the record for the most funds Kickstarted in Publishing, with over $20M within just 72 hours and a total of over $41M in total. Impressive to say the least.

This book was part of my 2023 Reading Of My Shelf Challenge (#33).

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