Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson

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Tress’ peaceful life on her island is disrupted when her friend Charlie’s voyage goes awry. With no other option, she sets out to find the Sorceress of the Midnight Sea amidst the dangerous spore oceans and pirate-infested waters. Can she survive and create a new life sailing these treacherous waters?

Book review of Tress of the Emerald Sea

Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson is a fantastic novel filled with witty writing, clever dialogue, and a well-developed world that will have readers laughing out loud and turning pages quickly. Sanderson’s skill as a writer shines through in this book, which features an engaging heroine, an interesting cast of characters, and a story that will keep readers hooked from beginning to end.

One of the highlights of Tress of the Emerald Sea is the narration by Hoid, a recurring character in Sanderson’s Cosmere books. Hoid’s narration is hilarious and filled with clever phrases that will have readers laughing out loud. The book’s writing is also impressive, with many quotable lines that will stick with readers long after they finish the book.

The book’s overall theme and message are also strong, with a focus on being brave and making smart decisions. The importance of friendship is also highlighted, making this book a great choice for young readers who are looking for stories that teach important life lessons.

While the book does feature a romance subplot, it’s not the main focus of the story. Instead, the book focuses on the relationships between the characters and how they grow and evolve over the course of the book. This makes Tress of the Emerald Sea a great choice for readers who are looking for a story that’s more about friendship and adventure than romance.

In terms of recommended audience, Tress of the Emerald Sea is a book that will appeal to readers aged 14 and up. Younger readers may enjoy the book as well, but some of the more adult humor may go over their heads. Overall, this is a complex and engaging book that will appeal to both young and adult readers.

The only downside to the book is the use of swearing. Some readers might find it unnecessary and distracting, taking away from the overall enjoyment of the story. However, this is a minor complaint in an otherwise fantastic book that showcases Sanderson’s skill as a writer.

Final verdict

In conclusion, Tress of the Emerald Sea is a must-read for fans of Brandon Sanderson and fantasy novels in general. The book’s witty writing, engaging characters, and well-developed world make it a standout in the genre, and the book’s overall message of bravery and friendship is both inspiring and heartwarming. Whether you’re a young adult or an adult reader, this book is sure to keep you entertained from start to finish.

Our Score


  • Witty and clever writing that keeps the reader engaged and entertained.
  • A well-developed world with interesting and unique elements that add depth and complexity to the story.
  • A strong message about bravery, decision-making, and the importance of friendship that resonates with readers.


  • The use of adult language may be off-putting for some readers, especially younger ones.
  • The pacing of the story may feel slow to some readers, particularly in the beginning.
  • The romance in the story may feel underdeveloped for some readers, leading to a lack of emotional investment in the characters’ relationships.
Tress of the Emerald SeaPublisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books (April 4, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250899656
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250899651
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.55 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches

About Article Author

Sophia Martinez

Writer, critic and columnist with more than 20 years of experience, Sophia Martinez has dedicated her entire professional career to the publishing world. She considers herself an amateur cook who always manages to surprise her guests with a dish from her native Costa Rica.
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