Snapshot Review: When The Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

when the sea turned to silver by grace lin

A breathtaking, full-color illustrated fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore, a companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Pinmei’s gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller.

Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei’s grandmother–before it’s too late.

A fast-paced adventure that is extraordinarily written and beautifully illustrated, When the Sea Turned to Silver is a masterpiece companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.

Description taken from Goodreads.

I received an advance copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is not my full review, which will come out closer to the release date. This is a 100-words-or-less snapshot of how I felt about the book and whether it’s worth buying or not. 

All in all, I would recommend this one. It’s cute, and it’s well written. I loved coming back to Lin’s world and her characters, even if they didn’t overlap over the three books as I would’ve liked. My one complaint about When The Sea Turned to Silver is that the characters were introduced way too quickly. It took a second for me to grasp who was who. I did enjoy how quickly everything came together though, and I feel like Lin’s writing has grown.

Interesting to see what I’ll think in a few months. Will be coming back to this.



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