Claire Norsworthy

The Emerald of Viridian by Claire Norsworthy

Five dying islands. Each doomed to destruction. Only one hope to save them.

Katie Edwards only wants one thing-gorgeous and popular Jake Bronson. Summoning her courage, she is soundly rejected when she asks him to the Sadie Hawkin’s dance. Humiliated and heartbroken, Katie goes to bed that night knowing she no longer wants to remain the same- unmotivated and naïve. She must make a change. The night of this revelation, she falls asleep in her bedroom, but wakes up in an island paradise that is very, very far from Earth.


  • After surviving several near-death experiences in the tropical jungle, she awakens again in her bed, as if Viridian were only a dream.

Or was it real? Her misadventures steel her resolve to improve, especially when she senses something lurking in the shadows, watching her every move. Katie pushes herself to run, lift weights, and learn to fight. That way, when her Viridian dream life takes her to a place far from home and full of danger, she is strong enough to stand up against her enemies.

  • Viridian, the pristine Emerald Island on Caelestis offers Katie both true friendship and a centuries-old mystery to solve.

The citizens trapped on a dying island only have one hope: find the Inventor, the only man who has the answers to saving the island. But he disappeared, right on the cusp of the world’s demise. Five islands exist, and one-by-one, three have been destroyed by an unknown force. Now it’s up to Katie to solve the Inventor’s mysteries of the Stones and find a way to save the Emerald Island.

  • An epic new YA adventure series with a touch of romance and a ton of danger.

Katie Edwards is a protagonist readers can relate to, cry with, and cheer for. In the spirit of Clary Fray of “The Mortal Instruments,” she takes charge of her uprooted life, and faces deadly forces with courage and headstrong determination. Katie is smart and resourceful, training herself to become a cunning fighter similar to Jude Duarte from “The Folk of the Air” Series. In defending Caelestis from evil, Katie’s emerging Gift becomes a vital tool, much like Vasya Petrovna in the popular “Winternight” trilogy.


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What readers are saying about The Emerald of Viridian

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Fantastic first book in a new series”

I really loved this book. The story definitely gains momentum as you read and by the time I was close to the end, I couldn’t put it down! I’m excited to have another series to enjoy. Can’t wait for the next one!!

Rachel D.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“The next YA fantasy epic”

As a fantasy buff, I devoured this book! The author truly understands the subtleties of world-building, giving you just enough of what you need to know, while tantalizing you with the bigger questions. She uses tension, story, and action to explain Katie’s burgeoning abilities, as well as the world of Caelestis and its mythology. On the edge of my seat to read the next in series!

Kyle K.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Captivating read!”

Katie is one of my favorite protagonists of all time. She is so relatable that I felt myself growing and changing with her through the story. At times I even rooted for her out loud and her achievements somehow felt like my own. The author has an amazing gift for not only bringing this story to life but also including insights, wisdom, and encouragement that not only change Katie for the better but I found myself jotting down phrases from the story to memorize so that I may encourage myself in those dark or overwhelming moments in life.

Ashley P.