So I’ve been harping on all of you to start reading the beautifully covered Edelstein Trilogie for months now (seriously those covers are GORGEOUS.) I hope you listened to me, because here comes my spiel on book three, Emerald Green, just released in the US on October 30th! (If you’re in need of recaps of Ruby Red, book one, and Sapphire Blue, book two, just click on the titles for direct links to my previous reviews.)
Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is.
She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.
This stunning conclusion picks up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate
As expected, Emerald Green wowed me page after page with its never-ending twists and turns. The action, adventure, intrigue, danger, and romance that hooked me when I first began Ruby Red was definitely still present here. Gwen’s narrative voice was just as funny as ever, but we also get a glimpse of the hidden depths to her personality. She’s intelligent and good at problem solving. She can think on her feet, as evidenced in several conflicts present in Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, and Emerald Green. I also enjoyed getting to know Gideon better. He’s always been present, but on the outskirts of the story a bit. He steps into his own in Emerald Green and proves that he isn’t just a pawn being moved by the Elders. He definitely becomes a character worthy of your affection in this conclusion.
The only things that disappointed me were the translations and the ending. The trilogy was originally written in German, then translated to English. Unfortunately, some of Emerald Green reads as if this translation is incomplete, which in turn took me out of the story at parts. Besides that, the ending seemed a bit unfinished. You spend three books investing yourself in these characters, their lives, their tragedies and triumphs, only to end with what I felt was a weak ending. I don’t mean that the book ended in a way I was unhappy with, but the characters’ stories aren’t really wrapped up. The main conflict is concluded, but there is no final conclusion to the lives of all the other characters we’ve met along the way. Despite this, I do believe that this conclusion to the Edelstein trilogy was a fitting end to a great story. If you’ve followed Gier’s works thus far, you won’t be disappointed in how action packed the conclusion is. If you’re new to the series, I highly suggest that you start with Ruby Red. It’s an adventure you won’t want to miss!
4 out of 5 Stars
This is my seventh completed review for the Color Coded Challenge
Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
Henry Holt and Co (2013)
Hardcover: 464 pages