- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Aspect; Warner Books Ed edition (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446603937
- ISBN-13: 978-0446603935
- Product Dimensions: 4 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,966,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Emerald House Rising Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1997
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But one day a nobleman shows up with a pretty boring stone he wants cut into a ring. Jena is mesmerized by the ring on his own hand, which her father cannot see and quickly realizes her life was not meant to be as small as it is becoming. So, somehow magically, she transports herself and Lord Morgan (the guy with the ring) to his home. Then he gets snatched away.
While magically looking for Morgan, Jena learns that she a wizard, a magician with a partner to who she is bound (though not romantically.) But someone has stolen Morgan away. And this someone must be looking to change who is the next diamond, or supreme leader.
The leadership in Jena's world rotates- the head of each great house has a turn as the heir to the diamond throne for one year at a time. Morgan's beloved Lady Ruby is next up to be Diamond and the Diamond is dying fast.
Magic in this book is all about seeing possibilities and manipulating them. This is a fabulous way to describe it-but it was over described in the book. It would have been nice to have gotten to figure some things out for myself.
Still, an entertaining and balanced read. 3.5 stars.
Kerr's detailed world provides a strong backbone for this exciting fantasy. The kingdom is ruled by the Diamond, whose council (the Diadem) is made up of six other noble houses. Every year, the Diadem house which holds Heirship for the Diamond rotates. This year it is Ruby, but next year it will be Topaz. I've never seen a government system like this in all the fantasy novels I've read, and I found it to be a refreshingly different system.
Jena and Kestrienne are easily the most engaging characters in this book. Jena is the viewpoint character, and it's exciting to watch her discover who she really is and what she really wants. Kestrienne becomes Jena's mentor, as a noble lady who is also an adept. Lord Morgon is an interesting character, though he really doesn't get the development he deserves. Lady Vianne is another exceptional character, a woman of poise, character, and personality.
Kerr gives lavish attention to descriptions, but at times the narrative skips days or weeks at a time -- this gave me slight pause, but all-in-all, I found the book to be entirely satisfactory. I only wish there were a sequel!
Jena is immensely likeable, as is her mentor, Lady Kestrienne. Kestrienne doesn't appear as much as I'd like - she is my favorite character.
Like another reviewer, I would like to see a sequel - will the houses come to accept magic, or will those blessed with its power have to continue practicing in secret? Will Jena and her tailor live happily ever after?
I was caught up in the vivid descriptions of the characters, and the settings positively shine. You can almost see the small room Jena lives in for a time, or the vivid colors of the Diadem (ruling body).. truly a must have book.