Tress of the Emerald Sea - Brandon Sanderson

Tress of the Emerald Sea

By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2023-01-10
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 268 Ratings


#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson expands his Cosmere universe shared by The Stormlight Archive and Mistborn with a new standalone novel for everyone who loved 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?

Note from Brandon:

I started writing this in secret, as a novel just for my wife. She urged me to share it with the world—and alongside three other secret novels, with the support of readers worldwide it grew into the biggest Kickstarter campaign of all time. I’m excited to present this first book to you at last: a different type of Brandon Sanderson story, one I wrote when there were no time constraints, no expectations, and no limits on my imagination. Come be part of the magic.


  • This is the Princess Bride if the Princess became a pirate

    By Assopopolis
    This book was delightful. If you are familiar with the Cosmere or Brandon Sanderson’s other works you may have met a living easter egg named Hoid. The wisecracking character is the voice of the book and tells a heartwarming tale of a girl who sets off on an adventure to find her captive lover. I did not expect this to be a book about a girl turning into a pirate. It was fun. It was attention grabbing. The magic of spores was new and exciting. It made me want to read more about this universe. If you are familiar with the Cosmere you’ll enjoy this read. If you’re new to the Cosmere this is an okay start but you may get taken aback by the end of the book. The last half is filled with references to earlier Cosmere works and can be a bit much.
  • Love it

    By =+=+=+=+=+
    Loved the tone and style. Wonderful addition to the Cosmere!
  • One of my top 5 books ever

    By Bbr2boys
    I absolutely adore the world, the characters and the whimsical writing. This is my first book from this author, and I will definitely be reading more.
  • Dreadfully dull

    By jdc098
    Don’t waste your time or money. DNF.
  • Truly stunning!

    By Expert_Square_Dancer:)
    My goodness, Sanderson has done it again! Tress of the Emerald Sea provides everything I expected going in and more. Great world building, light humor, lovable characters, cool magic, and—of course—an amazing story. Then there was the art. My gosh, the art was GORGEOUS! This book is awesome, simple put. Truly awesome in its most literal definition. Just…WOW.
  • One of his best!

    By A Silverlight Grad
    I really enjoyed this one. It is now one of my all time favorites. You get some background on some characters that are interesting plus some new cosmere tech that leave you wondering what is next.
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  • Transcendent in almost every meaning if the word

    By An Mho Rioghian
    This is a provocative, transcendent,work of art in all of its dimensions. Buy the physical book and the e-version. Be prepared to stop and think when you least expect it.
  • Equal parts whimsy and riveting

    By SecondOpinion
    A delightful book from BrandoSando that showcases his ability to weave character arcs that end satisfyingly, worlds that evoke magic and mystery, and twists that make you chuckle in appreciation. An easy recommendation.