The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead is the first book in the two-book series.
The Glittering Court is set in historical England, but you really don’t feel like it’s a historical romance. It’s written in a very contemporary way.
Adelaide is an aristocrat, who has a title but no money. As many in history have done in her position, she’s expected to marry into money, a rich man who wants a title.
Only she doesn’t want to marry some guy who only wants her title. Her whole life has been planned out for her and she’s always done exactly as she was told. Only now when push comes to shove, she isn’t sure she can go through with it.
So she does the only thing she can think of, she pretends to be one of her maids and joins the Glittering Court.
The Glittering Court is basically a school where decent looking girls without any money are sent to be educated and refined then sold off to the highest bidder in America.
Men who go to the America’s to find their fortune quickly realized the new world lacks appropriately refined women. So they are imported from England. But they don’t want just any random girl, they want pretty girls who are educated and refined.
The Glittering Court is basically a finishing school.
I get not wanting to marry some horrible guy you don’t know or like just because you have to. But running off to the Glittering Court doesn’t really make sense because, in the end, she’ll still have to marry some guy she doesn’t know and possibly doesn’t like.
So while the overall story has some plot holes in it, I still really liked the book.
It was different and well written.
It’s written in a way that you’ll easily get caught up in the world that the author has created. It starts off as a historical romance and then transforms into life on the great frontier. It was done so in a way that hardly even notice.
The beginning of the book was a little slow but when the momentum finally picked up, boy did it! Was a very entertaining read.
The Glittering Court
8.6 Out of 10 - 8.6/10
For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.
After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him.
Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else’s property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.
When the young Countess of Rothford is forced into an unwanted marriage with a despicable distant relative, she runs away and decides to leave the beautiful country of Osfrid behind in search of a new life. She follows a dashing student named Cedric to a place called the Glittering Court, where his family trains ordinary girls to act like nobility, ships them overseas to the New World, and profits from their marriage contracts to up-and-coming young men.
It’s there that she assumes the identity of her maid, Adelaide Bailey, and does her best to blend in with the other girls. But as she falls in love with Cedric and becomes tangled in a web of secrets and lies, she is cast out of the Glittering Court and forced into a radically different life working the land in search of the gold they desperately need to start a better life together. With a full cast of bold and original characters, Mead does a superb job of building a world that teens will be excited to enter into and disappointed to leave. The plot is intricately woven, and the ending promises future installments from other characters’ points of view. VERDICT Brilliant and original, Mead’s new series starts off with a bang and will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.-Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Sno-Isle Libraries, Marysville, WAα(c) Copyright 2011.