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Title: The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): Big and sweeping, spanning from 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 who appear destined for 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 then 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…
The Glittering Court is definitely up there with my favourite reads of the year! This book is about a countess who disguises herself as a maid, and has a setting that is a cross between Elizabethan and the gold rush. A theme of friendship adds even more to the book, making it a true 5-star read.
The Glittering Court is a book that is all about deception and secrecy. It tells the story of a countess who is unhappy with an arranged marriage and takes the place of a maid to go to The Glittering Court, a place that is sort of like a finishing school, to learn how to be a lady. It is very interesting reading about how she must pretend that she hasn’t already mastered the skills and conceal her true identity. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, afraid that she would get caught.
The setting in The Glittering Court is so unique! It is sort of a mix of Elizabethan and the gold rush. Those two different time periods are so different from one another that at first glance, it doesn’t seem like it will work. Honestly, Richelle Mead combines these two so perfectly that it seems natural. I really enjoyed being slowly eased in to the new setting.
One of my favourite things about The Glittering Court is the theme of friendship. When the main character, Adelaide, is brought to the Glittering Court, she meets two new girls, Tamsin and Mira, and they immediately become friends. Each of them are so different and wouldn’t have met if it weren’t for the Glittering Court. Their friendship is so sweet and they all help each other out. A strong friendship is always something that I admire in a book, and I was thrilled to see one in this book.
The Glittering Court is a book that is about a countess in disguise, set in an Elizabethan/gold rush location. There is a solid friendship that I adored, adding to the things that I love about this book. I would definitely recommend The Glittering Court to fans of books like The Selection, as there are a few similarities.