The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1) by Richelle Mead
Series: The Glittering Court #1
Published by Razorbill
Published on April 5th 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Coming of Age, Fiction, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Hardcover
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A dazzling new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds that’s dripping with romance from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.
Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.
Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.
When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.
But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .
I have been highly anticipating this book since I heard about it. Richelle Mead is an auto-buy author for me. So when I got this I was doing my happy dance and let me tell you I was not disappointed. I just LOVED this book. It’s completely different from anything I have read and it built so many different layers into the story I was enthralled.
Adelaide is a strong character for me, not so much physically as some of her other lead heroines in the past, because of her strength of will. She is willing to give up her title and position for one of less means, still marrying a ‘good match’ rather than for love but only wishes a choice in the matter. She takes a huge leap in leaving everything behind and facing the dangers. Then she keeps going despite troubles and trials that arise as the story progresses. She cares deeply for others and only wants to help those she cares about not thinking of her own needs until after. The way she cares and sticks up for Mira and how she helps Tamsin perfect her studies down to risking even more for Cedric is what spoke to me.
Speaking of Cedric…that man is charming.
He was so charming, so self-assured. He probably could have sold Mister Collins on buying ten wives.
“Of course you did. You can sell salvation to a priest.”
So charming in fact I had a moment while reading this at work. A gentleman called about an issue and somehow I had it in my mind that their name was Cedric. Man: (explains what he needs) Me: Okay sir, I’ll send someone over. You name was…Cedric correct? Man: (pause) It’s Matthew. Me: (smacks head with palm) Of course I’m sorry.” Yep, that happened. Clearly this man was in my head. Such good book boyfriend material! He’s a good man and an interesting character I adored getting to know more about.
“Don’t you know that I’d lie with you in the groves, under the light of the moon? That I’d defy the laws of gods and men for you?”
As if the swoon worthy characters weren’t enough the story was pretty rounded out. It has something for everyone, romance, adventure, action, intrigue, social hierarchy and more. You follow from the start as Adelaide takes the position at the Glittering Court, through her year of schooling where she learns much more than she expected and though the journey to Adoria and all that transpires there from the balls and parties to the rough and tumble way of the world. There was never a dull moment for me, always something happening either in the plot or just learning more about the characters. Everything seemed well thought out and as I finished I could see how little things here and there had been planted throughout to make it all flow beautifully.
The Glittering Court is only the first book in a new series but at the end I felt completely satisfied; it reads like it could be a standalone. This is by design. As the other two books in the series are described, by Mead herself, as not continuous stories but each being the same story told from different POVs and their own story throughout. This means they can be read individually or out of order each one filling in aspects that were left open. There are some things left unanswered and so much left in the world undiscovered I am excitedly awaiting it’s release so I can start the countdown for the sequel in the series. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story and think Mead fans will be thrilled about the new series. I would be counting the days but I have no information yet on book two but when I do I will start a counter! Check out The Glittering Court and let’s discuss!
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