The Glittering Court
“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…” -Goodreads
I typically love the works of Richelle Mead, but The Glittering Court was not a winner for me. I really wanted to love it, and it has a beautiful cover. First off, the American colonial period is one of my least favorite time periods to learn and read about, and as much of this novel is based on that time, blech! I was loving this book up until Adelaide and Cedric were caught together, after that it went down hill. I would have been content if that novel had ended at that time. The last half of the book was irritating and seemingly thrown together. While I will probably continue to read the series as the books are released, it is not one that I am dying for a sequel.